Invest In Neighborhoods
February 2017 Newsletter
News & Highlights
Mayor Activates Disaster Relief Fund for Small Businesses Impacted by Chinatown Fire 
In response to a two-alarm fire that occurred on February 3rd in San Francisco’s Chinatown, Mayor Ed Lee directed the Invest in Neighborhoods unit under the Office of Economic and Workforce Development to activate the Small Business Disaster Relief Fund . The Mission Economic Development Agency administers the Disaster Relief Fund on behalf of IIN and will allow the seven businesses that were impacted to immediately access up to $10,000. The Fund provides businesses with capital as they assess damages and compile resources to safely and effectively reopen. Read more…
Preservation Measures Introduced for the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District
On February 9th, the San Francisco Planning Commission unanimously voted to move legislation forward that would regulate new businesses opening along the Mission’s Calle 24 Latino Cultural District. Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Hilary Ronen had originally introduced the legislation on January 10th, which is aimed at preserving and enhancing the prevailing neighborhood character of the area through comprehensive zoning regulations on new commercial uses. Already distinguished by the city as a Latino Cultural District in 2014, the five-block section of 24th Street running from Mission Street to Potrero Avenue and some of the surrounding area would be recognized as a ‘special use district’ under the proposed legislation. That would create a more rigorous approval process of what businesses are permitted to move onto the corridor.  “I parallel what we have here to historic districts – those are about protecting physical structures,” said the commission’s vice president, Dennis Richards. “This is about [protecting] the people who inhabit them.” The ‘special use’ designation would maintain the corridor’s “character, small storefronts, Latino art and murals, its institutions and the services they provide,” said Diana Ponce De Leon, project manager for the Invest In Neighborhoods unit under the Office of Economic Workforce Development. She added that the street’s businesses currently consist of about “23 percent retail storefronts and 32 percent eating and drinking establishments.” Read more…
Civic Center Commons: Creating Inclusive Public Space
SPUR hosted a panel discussion on February 9th during which representatives from the City, charity groups, and the Exploratorium, gave presentations about their collaborative efforts to improve the Civic Center Commons (CCC) by transforming it into an attractive and inviting urban forum. The City and many community partners are bringing dynamic attractions and experiences to the CCC while better engaging and serving the low- or no-income people who rely on these spaces every day. A great example of the exciting work the City and community partners are doing in the area is the recent installation of six over-sized bamboo lanterns that are lighting up the area from now until March 10th. The exhibit, entitled “Sui Sui Ping An—Peace All Year Round,” was created by Hong Kong-based artist Freeman Lau and celebrates the Lunar New Year,.   Read more…
Photo Courtesy of Darwin Bell
IIN and Partners Create Healthier Options to SF’s “Food Swamps”
San Francisco may have a vibrant culinary scene and no shortage of foodies, but there are a large number of residents whose health suffers from living in what the City calls “food swamps.” San Francisco’s infamous inequalities include not only income but also food access. In 2014, various departments and organizations that included the Department of Public Health (DPH), The Tenderloin Healthy Corner Store Coalition, and the Bayview HEAL Zone  partnered with Invest In Neighborhoods (IIN) in the Office of Economic Workforce Development to launch the HealthyRetailSF program. The purpose of this program is to transform corner stores that have long relied on cigarette and alcohol sales for their profits to shift toward selling more fruits and vegetables. Jorge Rivas who is the head of the HealthyRetailSF program for IIN and Susana Hennessey-Lavery who is a Health Educator for DPH reported to the Small Business Commission that nine corner stores have benefited from the program. Further, the report on the program reveals that, on average, over 11,000 more units of produce were accessed in communities per month and businesses that participated saw an increase in their sales of an average of $5,000 more per store per month. Read more…
$10 Million Donation from Helen Diller Family Foundation Rebuilds Civic Center Plaza Playgrounds
On February 14th, San Francisco officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds, located in the Civic Center Commons, that will replace the two existing play areas which are over 20 years old. These playgrounds are primarily used by children from the Tenderloin, Civic Center, Hayes Valley and South of Market neighborhoods. The play areas are being rebuilt thanks to the City’s partnership with the Trust for Public Land using a $10 million grant from the Helen Diller Family Foundation. The construction of the playgrounds is a “Game Changer” in the Central Market/Tenderloin Strategy, a revitalization plan which was developed through a community process that included several City agencies and community organizations such as the Central Market Community Benefit District, the Tenderloin Health Improvement Partnership, Invest In Neighborhoods within the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the Planning Department, Office of the City Administrator, and SF311. Read more…

Photo Courtesy of Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner
Ninth Annual Neighborhood Empowerment Network Awards
On January 27th, the  Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) Awards celebration honored San Francisco community leaders, organizations, and groups who demonstrated their dedication to making neighborhoods safer, cleaner, greener, and healthier places to live, work, and raise a family. Fourteen winners were recognized for their outstanding work including an Invest In Neighborhoods community partner, Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District, who was awarded “Best Merchant Association/Community Benefit District.” The Castro/Upper Market CBD has restored the Castro with tree plantings, installing historical engravings on the sidewalks, and creating the Castro Cares program.  Read more…

Featured IIN Program: Community Benefit District Assistance
Invest In Neighborhoods (IIN) utilizes the Community Benefit District Assistance program to provide resources to neighborhoods for the creation of Community Benefit Districts (CBD). The goal of a CBD is to improve the overall quality of life in targeted commercial districts and mixed-use neighborhoods through a partnership between the City and local communities. Once an area has voted to establish a CBD, local property owners are levied a special assessment to fund improvements to their neighborhood. The funds are administered by a non-profit organization established by the neighborhood. Read more...

Photo Courtesy of Castro/Upper Market CBD
Community Events
Sunday Streets Returns!
Sunday Streets kicks off on March 12th, providing a monthly 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:
  • Mission – March 12
  • 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
Photo Courtesy of San Francisco Travel
Celebrate Black History Month with Exciting Events
Visit San Francisco Travel to plan an excursion throughout the city or join in the many celebrations programmed to celebrate Black History Month this February. These events commemorate the amazing contributions of African Americans throughout our history and across our nation. Plan ahead, purchase tickets, gather your friends and take part in all of the excitement via these cultural happenings in San Francisco and beyond! Events include:

  • Where is Here at the Museum of the African Diaspora
  • Envisioning the Classics With Color at the African American Center
  • All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50 at the Oakland Museum of California
  • Civil Rights Movement Photography and Its Legacies, with Leigh Raiford at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
  • Come to Water Lecture Series presented by historian John Templeton at various locations
  • Crispus Attucks Club of Bayview-Hunters Point presents John Templeton speaking about San Francisco’s African American Freedom Trail at the Bayview Linda Brooks Burton Branch Library

  • The 13th Annual Black Choreographers Festival: Here and Now 2017 at the Dance Mission Theater

  • sf|noir Wine & Food Festival various locations and times
  • Fat Tuesday in the Fillmore at Fillmore Plaza. Starts at 5 p.m.


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!

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…

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
Proposals due by 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 Proposals – 35 and/or 45 Onondaga Avenue
Proposals due Thursday, February 23, 2017 at noon PST

The Request for Proposals for subsidized nonprofit space at 35 and/or 45 Onondaga Avenue (District 11) is now available. Applications will be accepted until. The rentable area of the premises is approximately 3,960 square feet of space at 35 Onondaga and approximately 4,244 square feet of space at 45 Onondaga available for approximately $1 per square foot per month to eligible nonprofits. The full text version of the RFP including application instructions are posted and available for download at


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.

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

Get more information.