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The Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative (NSI), funded by San Francisco's Office of Economic and Workforce Development and administered by Community Vision, complements San Francisco’s funding of nonprofit services and resources for low-income residents and aims to maintain and expand these vital services by deploying financial assistance, professional services, assessment tools, and other resources to address key challenges facing the sector, including the high costs of real estate.
Since the first grants were awarded in May 2017, organizations supporting youth, seniors, immigrants, domestic violence survivors, artists and people with disabilities have received funding for lease stabilization, space acquisition and strategic restructuring. Nine of the twelve acquisition grants have been awarded to Black, Latinx, Asian and Filipina-led organizations. All have been awarded to organizations substantially serving San Francisco's communities of color. In just four years, the NSI has provided over $12 million in grants to support the acquisition of over 157,000 square feet of nonprofit-owned space and the stabilization of over 273,000 square feet of nonprofit-occupied space.
Acquisition Grants help organizations maintain and expand essential services and resources for residents by providing critical financial support for the acquisition of newly nonprofit-owned space. There is $2.5 million available for distribution in this funding round.
Acquisition Grant Program applications are due by 12 pm PST on Friday, July 16, 2021. Before completing this application, please read the Program Guidelines.
Applications must be submitted online. Applicants should hit the "submit" button when they are ready to submit. A confirmation email is automatically sent to applicants who successfully submit their application. Hard copy, postal mail, and faxed applications will not be accepted. In fairness to others, we cannot accept late or incomplete applications. An application may be deemed incomplete and ineligible if the individual does not provide the complete set of information in the appropriate format by the deadline.
Contact Community Vision's Grantmaking team with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please submit early to account for technical difficulties or questions. If you have saved your application and need to reset your password, be sure to check your spam folder after requesting it.
Please describe who your primary and secondary beneficiaries are, and what services and resources each receives. There is no word limit.Primary beneficiaries receive the bulk of services or resources. Secondary beneficiaries receive minor services or are impacted through the ripple effect of the organization's work. For example, a Counseling Agency's primary beneficiaries could be youth receiving counseling services and its secondary beneficiaries could be family members that receive minor support services. For a Capacity Building Agency, primary beneficiaries could include nonprofit staff & board members registered for workshops and secondary beneficiaries could be clients served through the nonprofits that are supported.
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