The YBCBD’s spring Community Benefit Fund grants are supporting new exhibits, children’s programs, small business development, exhibits and events celebrating Bay Area diversity, free concerts and more.
“Thanks to the generosity of district property owners, the YBCBD is able to provide grants to nonprofits and residences that help make Yerba Buena such an inclusive place,” said Cathy Maupin, YBCBD executive director. “These grants make a significant difference in people’s lives and experiences in Yerba Buena through programs that support public art, community engagement, streetscape improvements, and public safety enhancements.”
Since 2008, the YBCBD has granted more than $1.4 million in Community Benefit Funds. Grants are provided twice year. The YBCBD Board of Directors approved $76,250 in grants in March. Full grants went to:
• Contemporary Jewish Museum to support Community Free Day on Dec. 25, 2019; their highest attendance day and most diverse audience each year.
• Kultivate Labs for Republika, an initiative to convert vacant commercial space in the Fifth & Mission Yerba Buena Garage into a “pop-up to permanent” space designed to create business opportunities for eight small businesses.
• Livable City for the second Sunday Streets in SoMa on August 18, 2019.
• Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center to provide 15 lower-income Yerba Buena residents programs such as financial management, legal services and technology training.
• SPUR for “We Are the Bay Area,” a visual exhibition documenting the diversity of residents in the Bay Area, along with their stories and hopes.
• Yerba Buena Arts & Events for the Yerba Buena Magic series of performances and programs held as part of the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.
Event sponsorships grants went to Filipino-American Development Foundation for the The Parol Lantern Festival and Parade and to Yerba Buena Arts & Events for Halloween Hoopla for children and families. A mini-grant went to the Yerba Buena Alliance for Art Walk, a free event that showcases 11 galleries and museums in the neighborhood.