SFCDMA COMMUNITY FUND
FUND RECIPIENTS FOR MARCH 2021
A $1.65M GRANT DESIGNED TO ASSIST
OUR 34 MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every community, especially those most vulnerable or historically underserved, and exacerbated long standing challenges faced by the neighborhood commercial corridors that anchor San Francisco. Small businesses have shut their doors, nonprofits are being asked to do more with less, local government is facing deficits.
Each neighborhood in San Francisco is unique, faces different challenges and has a different set of needs. The SFCDMA Community Fund is a revitalization micro-grant program and is designed to rapidly deploy resources to our 34 Member associations to support new impactful projects for their members and their local community.
This fund has been crafted with a clear set of criteria for eligible / viable community projects that will be vetted by the fund administrator and then greenlighted for resource allocation.
Merchants associations are asked to devise and submit plans detailing how they will utilize their funds for the benefit of their local community. SFCDMA will assist with matching those plans with available partnering opportunities, as well as providing guidance for those associations who are in need of assistance with regard to becoming 501(c)3 compliant.
Every month, starting in March 2021, SFCDMA will announce 4 associations who, having submitted their plans and having met the established criteria, will be recipients of the SFCDMA Community Fund.
As we roll out these funds throughout 2021 and beyond, we will update our membership and the wider public with news of the various neighborhood projects as they begin to take shape all across the city.
SFCDMA COMMUNITY FUND PROGRAMS
COMMUNITY PROGRAMS DESIGNED FOR OUR
OUR 34 MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS
COMMUNITY CONNECTOR PROGRAM
Bring the award winning program to your neighborhood building networks of neighbors and friends who coordinate a range of local activities and outreach, including for seniors and people with disabilities.
BIGBELLY SMART WASTE & REYCLING SYSTEM
Innovative waste and recycling receptacles that compact with more sustainability, provide a canvass for public art, the potential for WiFi hotspots, and deter litter.
map out areas in need of / or with the potential for new City approved sidewalk trees, medium or frontage planter boxes, and open space for shared community gardens.
Initiate a cleanliness survey to get at the root of issue areas within your neighborhood and develop a plan for new projects around new lighting, public artwork, and community greening.
PUBLIC ART INSTALLATIONS
Identify opportunities to work with local artists, navigate the City permit processes, work with neighbors, and activate dead space with new public art installations.
PEDESTRIAN SAFETY MEASURES
Working alongside reputable advocacy organizations, work to implement Vision Zero safety treatment measures to meet our city's goal of zero injuries or fatalities that result from traffic collisions in your area. Advocate together as a community to bring the City's Slow Streets program to the neighborhood.
COMMUNITY SECURITY CAMERAS
Bring the SafeCity community-driven camera program to your neighborhood as a proven, innovative technology tool to help deter and prevent crime, while empowering the local public to take ownership over their own community's safety improvements.
SMALL BUSINESS RECOVERY
Support your local merchants and restaurants to participate in the City's new Shared Spaces program which allows small businesses to create positive outdoor dining experiences on the sidewalk or with new parklets erected in front of their establishments, close off a merchant corridor street to provide for socially distanced pedestrian promenades, or identify underutilized space in your neighborhood to create a shared outdoor dining setting for multiple restaurants. Resources from the fund should go directly to permit costs and support the physical infrastructure for outdoor dining, such as tables, chairs, locks, platforms, barriers, flowers, lighting, and other architectural features.
SFCDMA COMMUNITY FUND SEQUENCE
ADDITIONAL FUND USE OPTIONS
MAINTENANCE OF EXISTING STRUCTURES
Examples include public parklets, planter baskets, and lighting.
ESTABLISHING YOUR ASSOCIATION AS A 501(C)(6)
Create stability for your organization by having a formal tax structure and recognition by the state, and have the ability to seamlessly receive donations & grants.
BRAND YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
Creating locally produced merchandise that supports your ethos and can generate perpetual revenue for the organization.
INVEST IN YOUR MARKETING
Share what is special about your neighborhood, tell the worldwhy they should visit your neighborhood.