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The San Francisco Nonprofit Displacement Mitigation Program Application Now Open

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.