Invest In Neighborhoods
March 2017 Newsletter
News & Highlights
City Issues Emergency Grants to Businesses Hit by Chinatown Fire
The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) issued emergency grants to seven businesses that suffered a fire in Chinatown on February 3rd. The grants are part of the Small Business Disaster Relief Fund that was activated in response to a two-alarm fire in Chinatown where 22 employees were impacted. A total of $70,000 is being disbursed to impacted businesses to help with inventory replacement, equipment purchases, security deposits for a new lease, employee salaries, or other expenses to stabilize cash flow. Seven businesses located at 1199 Stockton were displaced by the fire. With the help from OEWD’s community partners such as the Small Business Development Center and the Mission Economic Development Agency, the affected businesses applied and received up to $10,000 each to support employees and pay vendors. Read more…
Andytown Coffee Roasters Comes to the Outer Sunset
Andytown Coffee Roasters is almost ready to open the doors to its second café in the Outer Sunset. This long-awaited location received a façade improvement grant through SF Shines, a program offered by Invest In Neighborhoods in the Office of Economic and Workforce Development. As another component of expansion, café owners, Lauren Crabbe and Michael McCrory, have also moved roasting operations to a separate location at 3016 Taraval Street. The new roasting hub also acts as a coffee supply store and training lab. Andytown will host a grand opening celebration on Saturday, March 18th at 3629 Taraval Street and offer free coffee all day. Read more…

San Francisco Launches Grants for Nonprofits Seeking Permanent Space or Long-term Leases
In February , the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Northern California Community Loan Fund, and key partners announced $2.7 million in financial assistance to help nonprofits secure permanent space and to create solutions for organizations seeking long-term leases. The grants are a key part of the Mayor’s Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative (NSI), which includes a total investment of $6 million over two years. Grant applications are being accepted for one of the components under the NSI which is the Nonprofit Space Stabilization Program. This program is providing $1,455,000 to address urgent needs by providing grants for one-time costs such as for architectural, engineering, and legal services; rent stipends; moving expenses; furnishings, fixtures, and equipment; and other tenant improvements. The goal of this grant is to incentivize landlords to extend long-term leases for the organization. Nonprofits interested in applying for assistance can visit
for program details and eligibility guidelines. Applications must be received by 5:00 pm, March 28, 2017 to be considered for the first round of awards which will be announced on May 22, 2017. Read more…

City’s Free, New Program Helps Noe Valley Bakery Open its Second Location
Thanks to the Small Business Acceleration Program within the City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Michael and Mary Gassen are opening their second Noe Valley Bakery location at 28 West Portal Avenue. The couple took advantage of the City’s pilot program which provides free, direct services to food-based businesses seeking to open in San Francisco by providing guidance through the complex permitting process. According to Mary Gassen, “The complexity of opening our bakery made the thought of expanding in San Francisco a daunting and overwhelming prospect. Since working with the Small Business Acceleration Program, we have been making swift and steady progress towards opening our bakery in the West Portal neighborhood.” The Gassens anticipate opening March 21st. To learn more about the Small Business Acceleration Program, read more or send inquiries to

Photo Courtesy of Noe Valley Bakery Facebook Page
City of San Francisco Rolls out a New State-of-the-art Fiscal System
Great news! The City of San Francisco is finally trading in its 1980s mainframe for 21st-century technology. In early July, the City will be going live with PeopleSoft Financials and Supply Chain Management, replacing over 90 legacy systems. The City’s business partners will soon have a one-stop shop to submit and track all transactions across all City departments. Additionally, vendors will be able to self-register, view and submit bids, negotiate contracts, and update their organization’s contact, banking, and compliance information—all in real time!   [Note:  OEWD vendors will continue to invoice utilizing the existing procedures through the email, GMS, or TGS.  If you do business with other City departments, they may ask you to start billing in the new system].

The Controller’s Office is hosting a series of information sessions for Vendors and Contractors. Please go to one of the links provided to register. These information sessions will address questions you may have about the new system. Additional concerns can be addressed to
March 31 is the Deadline to Apply for the Traffic Ticket Amnesty Program
The deadlin e to apply for the Traffic Amnesty Program is March 31, 2017 and City agencies are banding together to conduct a final push for outreach targeting the City’s most vulnerable unemployed and underemployed residents. Under a program signed into law by Governor Brown, individuals with suspended driver’s licenses can have them reinstated immediately, and reduce debt associated with court orders. The program is an important opportunity for low-income San Franciscans to relieve debt and lift one of the most intractable barriers to employment.  The program is for any ticket(s) handled in traffic court with a few exceptions. For more information about the San Francisco program, please watch the video, call 311, visit  or   The Superior Court of California, Amnesty Program

Community Events
Sunday Streets Returns!
Sunday Streets kicked off on March 12th and the events provide a space where neighbors, small businesses, government agencies and the nonprofit Livable City collaborate to transform car-congested streets into car-free community spaces for all to enjoy. Invest In Neighborhoods is pleased to support this year's events and all Sunday Streets activities are open and free to the public. Event hours are from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Visit the Schedule of Events:

  • Bayview/Dogpatch – April 9
  • Tenderloin – April 30
  • Sunset/Golden Gate Park – June 11
  • Mission – July 16
  • Tenderloin – August 20
  • Western Addition – September 10
  • Excelsior – October 1
Photo courtesy of Sunday Streets Website
Jim Marshall’s 1967
What would it have been like to be an ambitious music photographer in San Francisco in 1967? Follow iconic photographer Jim Marshall as he captured some of the most important cultural and social events of the year that defined an everlasting identity for San Francisco. The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) Galleries is pleased to present Jim Marshall’s 1967, a selection of 80 images from
the thousands Marshall took in one fast-paced calendar year. Presented in chronological order in the Ground Floor of City Hall, visitors can follow the artist as he shoots album covers for Jefferson Airplane, cavorts at home with Janis Joplin, shoots in the middle of a mass of Hells Angels, and gets impossibly close onstage with Jimi Hendrix. Jim Marshall’s 1967 is part of a citywide celebration of the
50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. The exhibition runs through June 17 at San Francisco City Hall, Ground Floor Exhibition + North Light Court Banners

Summer of Love 50th Anniversary: A Most Groovy Gathering

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, when over 100,000 hippies and free thinkers converged in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. The celebration is here and now is the time to book meeting space by the bay. PLANNERS, COME FEEL THE LOVE: Join the festivities by planning your meeting in San Francisco. From free concerts to art exhibits, sing-alongs, and more – there will be endless events to make your meeting memorable. Need more information? Complete the form, and we’ll send you the SF Summer of Love travel packet.   Read more…

Fillmore Heritage Center 

Grants, Technical Assistance and Other Opportunities & Resources

City and County of San Francisco

Request for Proposals: SF seeks buyer for old Yoshi’s and other Fillmore Center space

Deadline to submit proposals is 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 3, 2017

The City and County of San Francisco is pleased to announce the availability of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the sale of real property located at 1300-1320-1330 Fillmore Street in San Francisco, at the corner of Fillmore and Eddy Streets.  The property, known as the Fillmore Heritage Center, previously included Yoshi's San Francisco restaurant and music venue and currently includes the restaurant 1300 on Fillmore.  The property available for sale includes the commercial parcel (approximately 50,000 square feet) and the adjacent, subterranean public parking garage (approximately 50,000 square feet).  The property does not include the residential portion of the mixed-use development.
The Fillmore Heritage Center, one of the last projects from the Western Addition Redevelopment program, was developed as a multi-use facility whose goal was both to revitalize the commercial corridor and to honor the cultural heritage of the neighborhood, which prior to Urban Renewal was considered "Harlem of the West" for its sizable community of African American residents and African American-owned businesses, many of them music venues.

The City is committed to ensuring that, through its sale, the Property emerges as a vibrant and financially viable commercial establishment, such as an entertainment venue, that also provides substantial and sustained community benefits to the Fillmore corridor and the Western Addition community. The City encourages proposals that creatively incorporate one or more of the following uses: performing arts, visual/media arts, food, and recreation/leisure activities.

See the full RFP.

Request for Qualifications 204 - Consulting Services for Economic and Workforce Development Projects

Deadline to submit proposals is 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 6

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) supports the City’s economic vitality through key programs focused on neighborhood commercial corridors, workforce development, joint development projects, industry-focused business recruitment and retention, small business assistance and international business development. OEWD’s goal is to work continually to make San Francisco a better place to live, work and do business.

Through this Request for Qualifications (RFQ), OEWD is seeking to develop a list of qualified contractors to provide a variety of Economic and Workforce Development consulting services. The specific services being solicited under this RFQ are located in Section B - Project Descriptions.  

To get more information and the full RFQ, visit

San Francisco Tobacco Free Project

CAM Request for Proposals
Proposals due by March 31, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.

The San Francisco Study Center, in partnership with the Tobacco Free Project of the Community Health Equity and Promotion Branch, San Francisco Department of Public Health is releasing this Request for Proposals.

Through this RFP, funding will be made available to at least five organizations to implement Community Action Model (CAM) projects, a five (5) step process that builds capacity of Emerging Community Leaders (ECLs).  Emerging Community Leaders (ECLs) are defined as either adults or youth who are willing to engage and receive training and support to improve health equity for their community through Policy-System-Environmental changes (Action). Emerging Community Leaders actively engage in learning and leading on health equity analysis and Policy-System-Environmental Change activities.  Funded organizations, with the technical assistance of the TFP staff, will train and guide a cohort of ECLs to implement community-led research, community organizing, media campaign, health education, and other activities to achieve their selected Action.

Download the full RFP.

Looking for a new job? OEWD Business Services has Resources for You
Sign up to receive e-mail information on job postings and upcoming hiring events by visiting and select the “Workforce: Business Services” option. In the meantime, here are the latest updates:
For more information, contact OEWD Business Services at (415) 701-4848 or

Mayor’s Youth Jobs+ Resource Fair!
If you’re between 16-24 years old, and interested in jump starting your job search, sign up for Mayor’s Youth Jobs+ Resource Fair on Saturday, March 18th, 2017. Job offers will be made on the spot to qualified candidates!

  • Join us for a day chock full of:
  • Job offers
  • Job interviews
  • Mock interviews
  • Resume edits (Don't forget to bring that resume!)
  • Advice on navigating the job search

The best news? It's all free! RSVP now!

We encourage you to dress to impress, but don't worry if you don’t have any business professional clothes yet: we will provide a limited supply at the fair!

Honor a Hero-Hire a Vet Job & Resource Fair
April 26th, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
(9:00 a.m. for Veterans)
San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building
401 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
Free for job seekers and employers

The State of California Employment Development Department and Americas Job Centers of California invite you to attend this Veterans career and resource fair. Job seekers will be able to meet with over 70 quality employers and approximately 30 supportive service providers to interview and obtain training and benefits information. Although the event focuses on attracting Active Duty Military, Veterans, National Guard and Reservists returning from active duty, the Job Fair is open to all job seekers in the Bay Area. Job seekers, dress for success and please come prepared:
  • To network and interview with employers
  • For resume critiques and career counseling
  • To get connected with local resources
Employers can contact Teri Markus for more information:
(415) 749-5290
Job seekers can contact Steven Ledford for more information and for resource registration:
(415) 749-7580
Small Business Development Center: Trainings & Workshops
The San Francisco Small Business Development Center (SBDC) conducts a wide variety of business seminars across San Francisco County on subjects including accessing capital, business planning, e-commerce and web marketing, human resource management, expansion and growth capital, legal and business issues and a variety of best practice programs designed to help small businesses use the best techniques possible to increase sales and profits.

Seminars are led by experienced professionals who overview their topics, provide several real-world examples and answer questions from the audience. Most seminars finish with a panel of experts that provide additional insight, participate in a lively question-and-answer session and then stay to speak with attendees one-on-one after the seminar. Our seminars are great opportunities for our clients to obtain applicable, real-world information and helpful advice. Here are some upcoming events and be sure to take a look at the entire calendar of seminars:

FREE Exhibitions and Public Programs @SFAC Galleries

Warrior Writers: Writing Workshop – March 18
Join us on the last day of Not Alone for a workshop hosted by SFAC Galleries and Warrior Writers. Led by veteran and writer, Eddie Falcon, workshop participants are encouraged to share their stories, opinions, and ideas around war and peace for productive writing and storytelling.

P ublic Art Opportunity at SFO
SFO is currently carrying out a replacement terminal and concourse facility for Terminal 1 (T1). The Terminal design offers a number of opportunities for large-scale, visually dramatic artworks that will mark intersections and terminuses, and create more defined architectural spaces within the larger building. One such opportunity is for a large-scale suspended sculptural form above the TSA security-screening checkpoint located on the ground level of the terminal's departures hall. Applications due on April 17, 2017. Apply today!

Hellman Collaborative Change Initiative
The Hellman Foundation is thrilled to announce that the application process for the Hellman Collaborative Change Initiative launches on March 1. "This year we will award up to $1.5M to support cross-sector collaborations in San Francisco and Alameda Counties that are tackling the toughest community challenges. We are sharing this news now to give a heads-up to cross-sector collaborations that may be interested in applying for funding." Click here to apply! Submissions for GROWTH Grants are due April 10, 2017.

Community Open House in the Bayview
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission invites you to attend an open house about Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP) projects and upcoming milestones in the Southeast! Join us to learn about public art projects associated with the SSIP program.
When: Saturday March 18, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: The Bayview Opera House
4705 3rd Street, San Francisco

Calling All Artists!
SFAC Artist Workshop: Grants & Residencies 101

In this FREE one-hour workshop, artist Amara Tabor-Smith will demonstrate how artists and writers seeking grants and residency fellowships can support their work. Amara will share her own experiences seeking grants and residencies, and will engage participants in discussion and short writing exercises to help artists craft successful proposals.
When: Monday, March 20, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Arts Commission, 401 Van Ness Ave., Room 302
Limited tickets available. Click here to register!

New Series: Sanctuary City
The SFAC Galleries is pleased to announce a new yearlong exhibition and public program series called Sanctuary City. The series delves into topics related to San Francisco's status as a Sanctuary City. For the first presentation, SFAC Galleries is partnering with Walter Maciel Gallery to bring their exhibition With Liberty and Justice for Some to San Francisco for a limited time. Co-curated by Bay Area artist Monica Lundy, this exhibition features over 125 portraits of immigrants to the United States by 100 artists from Los Angeles and the Bay Area.
When: March 25 - April 8, 2017
Where: SFAC Main Gallery
401 Van Ness Avenue (War Memorial Veterans Building),
Suite 126, San Francisco
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 25, 6 - 9 p.m.
Free and open to the public

FREE SF Symphony Chorus: Carmina Burana   
Complimentary tickets for the following April Symphony show are now available through the San Francisco Arts Commission! Orff's Carmina burana is an electrifying work that evokes the vibrant and fearsome world of medieval Europe. Painting vivid scenes in rowdy taverns, royal courts, and natural settings, conductor Ragnar Bohlin and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus perform a special version for pianos and percussion. Also on the program, selections by Stenhammar, Anders Hillborg, and David Conte whose musical chants and incantations conjure primal and ritualistic worlds.
Friday, April 7 at 8 p.m.
Where: Davies Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
If you are interested, please fill out the online ticket request form here.
(Please note that new recipients will have first priority.)         
Foundation Center
Proposal Writing Boot Camp
Courses begin March 29 in Washington, DC; April 12 in New York; and June 6 in San Francisco

These three-day project-based immersion courses focus on the essential knowledge and skills fundraisers need to develop effective foundation proposals. Participants will become familiar with the key components of a competitive grant proposal to a foundation and learn best practices for developing a well-organized budget and a targeted list of foundation funding prospects. Participants will be encouraged to approach their proposal from the funder’s perspective and to think critically about what makes a compelling pitch. Read more and register…


CompassPoint is offering Nonprofit Management Institute for Senior Level Nonprofit Managers and Directors, a three-day program to be held on April 26, 27 and 28, 2017.  The training will be take place at the CompassPoint Nonprofit Services at 500 12th Street, Suite 320 in Oakland (one block from the 12th Street BART Station). .

The Nonprofit Management Institute is an intensive training that covers the key content areas needed by senior-level nonprofit managers to more effectively manage a nonprofit organization in today’s environment. This course will provide you with essential management skills to deepen your professional expertise, and enable you to contribute to your organization in a more strategic way. The seminar topics include:

  • Creating a personal leadership framework to manage to organizational impact
  • Strategic and business thinking and planning
  • Financial leadership and management
  • Fund development strategies and principles
  • People management practices that support great staff performance and results
  • Governance and how to develop a board and staff partnership