CAST – Community Arts Stabilization Trust

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Keeping Space – Oakland

Built in 1906, tower erected in 1923, the 89,251 sq.-ft. building was the tallest building in Oakland constructed in the 1920s.

Keeping Space – Oakland is CAST’s new pilot program dedicated to providing training and funding for Oakland arts and culture organizations seeking real estate assistance. Through direct financial grants, one-on-one technical assistance, and real estate readiness training, CAST’s goal is to provide safe, stable, and permanent real estate solutions for Oakland’s local arts organizations.

CAST launched the program in December 2016 with funding from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Keeping Space – Oakland is one strategy of many proposed by the Oakland Arts Workspace Group, a public-private partnership that includes the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, CAST, Northern California Community Loan Fund, and the City of Oakland. The group is focused on creating workspace stability to foster, support, and sustain the arts and cultural ecosystem in Oakland.


Real Estate Readiness Workshops

RSVP now for the FREE three-part Real Estate Readiness Workshop Series led by real estate expert consultants at the Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF). These workshops help arts groups build their organizational and financial capacities to navigate the real estate market. We encourage both a senior staff person and board/advisory council member to attend the workshops. Register now for one workshop or all three. Limited space available.

Location:
East Bay Community Foundation
Dalziel Building, 353 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Plaza A Room
Oakland, CA 94612

Time: 9:30am-12:30pm

Cost: FREE!

Thursday, June 8, 2017
Plaza A Room
On with the Show: Turning your Financial Performance into a Masterpiece
This workshop is open to all Oakland arts and cultural groups, collectives, and organizations, whether or not you are seeking space or a real estate opportunity at this time. Come develop your financial acumen to grow your organization. We welcome all financial questions, including those for which you think you “should” already know the answers. There are no stupid questions in this workshop! Our goal is that you leave feeling empowered with the information and confidence necessary to return to your organization as a stronger financial ambassador.

  • Build your “finance vocabulary”
  • Learn how to create and monitor your budget
  • Learn how to manage your cash flow
  • Understand and use your financial statements for decision-making
  • Get strategies to develop a long-term business model

Bring your most recent financial statements and budget projections:

  • Most recent fiscal year income statement (profit and loss)
  • Most recent fiscal year statement of position (balance sheet)
  • Budget projections (if available)

If you do not have these, we will have sample materials for you to work with.


Thursday, July 13, 2017
Plaza A Room, 353 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

Commercial Leasing Strategies: Getting to Yes
Looking to lease new space or renew your lease? Not sure how to approach the landlord? What’s in the fine print of my 15-page lease? In Oakland’s escalating real estate market, organizations are facing large rent increases. Yet, nonprofits are still finding ways to lease space in the communities they serve. NCCLF will share examples of nonprofits that have successfully negotiated leases that fit their budgets and location considerations. Participants in this workshop will learn key terminology in commercial leases, pitfalls to watch for, negotiation strategies with landlords, and current trends in the bay area commercial market.

 

Past Workshops:
Friday, May 5, 2017
Suite 359, Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Real Estate Readiness: Overview

Come learn how to prepare your organization to embark on securing a facility for your program. Get answers to common questions around planning for your space. Are you ready to move? How much space? What can I afford?


Technical Assistance Awards Announced

Six Oakland arts and cultural organizations will receive assistance to secure long-term, affordable, safe space in Oakland. The technical assistance is through Keeping Space – Oakland, CAST’s pilot program to assist arts nonprofits that are vulnerable to space instability and displacement.

$90,000 in professional real estate training and consultation services will be awarded across six local organizations. CAST has hired the Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF) to carry out the real estate trainings and the private consultations for the Keeping Space – Oakland awardees. Award recipients include:

Alena Museumwhich translates to ‘ we are here’ in the African language Tigrinya, is an active work hub for arts and social enterprise, dedicated to advancing the cultural richness of African diaspora through aspiring entrepreneurs. Alena is dedicated to creating spaces that reflect our heritage, history, and stories. 

Pro Arts is among the oldest and most significant institutions for contemporary art in Oakland. Pro Arts shows contemporary art in all its forms. Through our interdisciplinary approach to curating, which fosters collaboration and the crosspollination of ideas, we champion new art practices and emerging forms of cultural production.

Project Bandaloop honors nature, community, and the human spirit through perspective-bending vertical dance that interweaves dynamic physicality, intricate choreography and climbing technology. The work re-imagines dance, activates public spaces, and inspires wonder in audiences around the world. 

PLACE for Sustainable Living is a grassroots experiential learning center in Northwest Oakland that showcases and fosters sustainable living practices for the general public through art, community and ecology. Our events, workshops and outreach programs focus on urban homesteading, neighborhood community building, community resilience, social justice and artistic expression.

Qilombo strives to advance Afrikan and Indigenous cultural revitalization through arts and education programming. We believe in promoting Black and Indigenous arts and culture as a vital step toward healing and strengthening communities of color.

Ubuntu Theater Project creates exquisite theatrical experiences that inspire compassion. Ubuntu is a Zulu proverb that means “I am because we are” and “My humanity is tied to yours.” Ubuntu Theater Project’s work brings together divided social groups for transformative artistic experiences that reveal our shared humanity.

See the official press release here.

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Funding is provided by the Kenneth Rainin Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Keeping Space – Oakland is made possible in collaboration with the Oakland Arts Workspace Group and in partnership with the City of Oakland and Northern California Community Loan Fund.

For more information, please contact Tyese Wortham, CAST Program Manager at 415-556-9888, ext. 103, or twortham@cast-sf.org.


 

 

Greetings Moy,

Northern California Grantmakers is pleased to announce the release of new loan opportunities for Bay Area arts nonprofits. We have launched a new website with more user-friendly loan applications in order to support organizations like yours.

Last year the Arts Loan Fund (ALF) embarked on a journey to better serve the needs of the arts community. For more than 30 years, the ALF has provided short-term financial assistance to nonprofit arts organizations who face periodic cash-flow gaps.

We learned that despite thirty years of loans and continuing cash-flow struggles for arts organizations, the ALF is not widely known in the arts community, and its website and applications needed a major face-lift.

In response, the ALF launched a new website, switched to a user-friendly application platform, created three new loan products, and opened two social media spaces. Follow us on Twitter and we will follow you right back. Like us on Facebook for new resources and funding opportunities!

The new website and loan products were designed and created to be accessible resources to support organizations like yours, we’re eager to hear your feedback. Let us know how it’s working for you!

The next application deadline is April 24, 2017. Please let us know if you have any questions or would like more information about the application process.

All the best,

Krystle Chipman
Coordinator, Collaborative Philanthropy
Northern California Grantmakers

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Keeping Space – Oakland

Application Period Now Closed

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CAST announces the availability of technical and financial assistance for Oakland arts and culture organizations that are facing immediate space challenges. Keeping Space – Oakland is a one-time pilot program comprised of real estate readiness training, one-on-one technical assistance, and direct financial assistance in the form of grants. The program aims to build the capacity of the arts and culture sector to be “real estate ready” and to secure affordable, long-term, safe spaces for arts and culture organizations in Oakland.


Prior to applying, please read the program eligibility guidelines listed below                                                                                                                                                                                                      Guidelines

Reference Guide: Financial Assistance Application

Reference Guide: Technical Assistance Application 


RSVP now for an Information Session: RSVP now for an Information Session to learn more about the program and ask your questions before applying. Light refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, January 18
*Oakland Hot Plate
348 13th Street
Time: 5-6:30 p.m.
*Hot Plates by owner Lina Torio will be available for purchase ($6-$15).

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
SoleSpace
1714 Telegraph Avenue
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.

Thursday, February 2, 2017
The Unity Council Fruitvale – San Antonio Senior Center
3301 E. 12th Street, Suite #201
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.


Key Dates:

Application Due Date: Friday, February 10, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

Award Announcements & Notifications: Spring 2017

Real Estate Readiness Workshops: May 1-5, June 5-9, July 10-14 (for Technical Assistance awardees only)


Keeping Space – Oakland is funded by:

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Keeping Space – Oakland is made possible in collaboration with The Oakland Arts Workspace Group and in partnership with the City of Oakland and Northern California Community Loan Fund.


For more information, please contact Tyese Wortham, CAST Program Manager, at 415-556-9888, ext. 103, or twortham@cast-sf.org.

 

 

 

 


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THE SAN FRANCISCO NONPROFIT DISPLACEMENT MITIGATION PROGRAM FOR ARTS, CULTURAL, AND SOCIAL SERVICE SECTORS

The Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF), Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) and Urban Solutions (US) announce the availability of technical and financial assistance for San Francisco nonprofits providing arts and cultural programs and/or social services that are at risk of displacement.  Applications for Technical Assistance will be accepted on a rolling basis and approved/declined within 45 days.

The Nonprofit Displacement Mitigation Program provides services to support nonprofits facing permanent displacement , or those previously displaced, or with lease renewals at substantially higher rates amidst a volatile real estate market. The technical assistance (TA) services and financial assistance grants are made possible through funding from the City and County of San Francisco, through the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development. Nonprofits serving highly at-risk/disadvantaged populations are encouraged to apply.

Technical Assistance services are targeted for organizations most at-risk of displacement in the next 24 months or have been displaced but haven’t secured a new stable site. Technical assistance services include financial planning, space planning, identifying/evaluating potential sites, negotiating leases or purchase agreements, developing construction budgets and project timelines, and analyzing potential funding sources. Technical assistance services may be provided on a one-to-one basis and/or in workshop settings.

Once organizations receiving technical assistance secure site control, they may be eligible for financial assistance. Financial assistance may be used for relocation costs, such as predevelopment expenses (architect, engineer, permits), tenant improvements, holding costs, legal expenses, and moving expenses. (For more information about the Financial Assistance application and awards, please see Financial Assistance Program Guidelines.)

Applications for Technical Assistance will be accepted on a rolling basis and approved/declined within 45 days.

Please read the program guidelines for eligibility requirements.  

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Questions? Contact Owen Serra, Real Estate Consulting Analyst, at oserra@ncclf.org.


 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Daniel Hlad, Director of Development & Communications
Northern California Community Loan Fund
Tel: 415-392-8215 ext. 307; email: dhlad@ncclf.org

CITY FUNDS HELP SAVE SIXTEEN NONPROFITS FROM DISPLACEMENT IN SAN FRANCISCO

 

San Francisco—  Sixteen social service and arts and cultural nonprofits will receive just under $1 million in City funds to enable them to continue providing key services to low income residents of their current neighborhood locations in San Francisco.

The Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF), Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST), and Urban Solutions (US) today announced the results of the initial round of the financial assistance awards for the $4.515 million Nonprofit Displacement Mitigation Fund. A total of $994,591 was awarded to eleven social service organizations and five art and culture nonprofits to support their relocation and ongoing operational expenses necessary to remain in San Francisco’s high-cost real estate market.

“Preserving community spaces and services that benefit low income residents is a challenge today in San Francisco’s expensive commercial real estate market,” said NCCLF President Mary Rogier.  “The Nonprofit Displacement Mitigation Program is a timely collaborative response to assist these services – which otherwise could not afford to remain in San Francisco — to continue to provide much-needed art, cultural, and social service resources that benefit residents of City neighborhoods with the greatest needs.”

The eleven social service awardees provide health services, legal assistance, residential treatment, and education to low-income seniors, veterans, homeless, families and youth in San Francisco. They include: AIDS Legal Referral Panel, BreastCancer Action, Catholic Charities, Hyde Street Community Services, LarkinStreet Youth Services, Legal Assistance to the Elderly, Lutheran SocialServices of Northern California, Metropolitan Fresh Start House, NationalCouncil on Alcoholism, San Francisco Study Center, and Youth With aMission.

The selected art organizations, Boxcar Theatre, CounterPulse, Gray Area Foundation for theArts, Inc., Root Division, and Women’s Audio Mission, promote a wide range of cultural resources and programming, dance and theatre performances, exhibitions, arts education and workshops.

Introduced in by Supervisors Jane Kim and David Chiu and amended by Supervisor John Avalos to include arts and culture, the Nonprofit Displacement Mitigation Fund provides critical services to support nonprofits facing permanent displacement and those previously displaced as a result of today’s highly competitive real estate market.  The Fund was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor in October 2014. In order to expedite the technical assistance services and financial assistance support for organizations in need, the City selected NCCLF, in partnership with CAST and US, to manage the program through a competitive process administered by the SanFrancisco Arts Commission and the Mayor’s Office of Housing and CommunityDevelopment.  NCCLF will be announcing the second round of Request for Proposals for technical assistance services and financial assistance in summer 2015.

For a complete list of grantees and awards, please visit: www.ncclf.org/

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The Northern California Community Loan Fund is a nonprofit lender and consulting organization headquartered in San Francisco which provides financing, financial expertise, and socially responsible investment opportunities that benefit hundreds of community-based organizations serving low income people in Northern and Central California.

The Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) secures space and works with community arts organizations to help develop and strengthen their financial and organizational capacity to purchase permanent facilities and navigate complex real estate issues. By collaborating with local government agencies, businesses, civic leaders, funders and artists, CAST celebrates, promotes, and preserves artistic and cultural traditions and innovations. Its goal is to ensure that San Francisco remains a vibrant and thriving home for arts organizations that sustain creativity, community participation, economic development and neighborhood stability.

Through 1:1 technical assistance to small businesses, workshops to support business owners, leasing services and neighborhood revitalization programs, Urban Solutions makes visible impact, from open storefronts that transform blighted vacancies to proud small business owners who support their families and their city. Urban Solutions’s overarching goal is to build strong neighborhoods, one business at a time.


THE SAN FRANCISCO NONPROFIT DISPLACEMENT MITIGATION PROGRAM FOR ARTS, CULTURAL, AND SOCIAL SERVICE SECTORS

The Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF), Community Arts Stabilization Trust Print(CAST) and Urban Solutions (US) announce the availability of technical and financial assistance for San Francisco nonprofits providing arts and cultural programs and/or social services and are at risk of displacement.

The Nonprofit Displacement Mitigation Program provides services to support nonprofits facing permanent displacement to find appropriate and affordable office/program space. These technical assistance (TA) services and financial assistance grants are made possible through funding from the City and County of San Francisco through its San Francisco Arts Commission and the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development. These services are targeted for organizations most at-risk of displacement in the next 18 months, or have been displaced since September 30, 2012.

Technical assistance services include financial planning, space planning, identifying/evaluating potential sites, negotiating leases or purchase agreements, developing construction budgets and project timelines, and analyzing potential funding sources. Financial assistance may be used for relocation costs, such as predevelopment expenses (architect, engineer, permits), tenant improvements, holding costs, legal expenses, and moving expenses.  Financial assistance grants will be typically up to $75,000; the Selection Committee reserves the right to make exceptions to the amount.  Grants will be made on a competitive basis, based on the project need, scope, and request, with priority given to organizations with immediate and critical needs. Applications will be evaluated by NCCLF, CAST, and Urban Solutions on the basis of the criteria stated below.  A Selection Committee comprised of public and private sector leaders in the arts and social services will review and make final decisions on those applicants, which will receive technical assistance and financial assistance awards.

For technical assistance using this application or if you would like a PDF version, please contact Owen Serra, Real Estate Consulting Analyst at oserra@ncclf.org.

Applications must be received by Friday, November 14, 2014 to be considered for the 2014 Technical Assistance and/or Financial Assistance awards.

Please read the program guidelines for eligibility requirements.