Vacant to Vibrant
Vacant to Vibrant is a program helping small businesses collaborate with local property owners to create engaging pop-up experiences and community spaces in downtown San Francisco.
Applications for the first cohort of activators will be accepted until June 1, 2023.
Vacant to Vibrant is a program that supports small businesses, artists, entrepreneurs, and cultural organizations to connect to local property owners to create engaging pop-up experiences and community spaces in downtown San Francisco.
San Francisco has experienced a significant increase in storefront vacancies and we now have the opportunity to collectively envision and build a different kind of downtown. We are seeking creative pop up proposals from small businesses, artists, entrepreneurs, and cultural organizations to shape the future of downtown San Francisco. Pitch us your idea to get in on the ground floor to build up a different downtown.
This application is for activators interested in operating a pop-up. If you are a property owner interested in hosting a pop-up, please apply here: vibrantsf.org/property. If you are a general SF enthusiast with an idea that you’d like to see come to life but not activate yourself, share your vision here: vibrantsf.org/general.
Selected pop-up activators will receive:
Grants from $3,000-$8,000
Management of lease negotiations and space matchmaking
Permitting and marketing support
Up to 3 months of free rent
Insurance provided, as needed
Pop-Up Activator Application
Value for Property Owners:
Up to $5,000 to cover property expenses and tenant improvements
Tax deduction for leased space
One primary tenant
Attractive, activated space
Vacant to Vibrant is a program designed and operated by SF New Deal and the City of San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development. SF New Deal is a nonprofit that strengthens neighborhoods by making it easier for under-resourced small business owners to succeed. Learn more at sfnewdeal.org.