Mayor announces $500K in grants for SF nonprofits

Ten San Francisco nonprofits will receive a total of $500,000 in grants under a program intended to keep nonprofits in the city they serve, Mayor Mark Farrell announced Monday.

The selected organizations were awarded grants to support real estate costs and expansion efforts as a part of the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative, a program begun two years ago under Mayor Ed Lee that has awarded $6 million so far to nonprofits.

“Helping them pay their rent bills or supporting them with their moving expenses can be the difference between these organizations staying in San Francisco or relocating somewhere outside the city,” Farrell said. “We need them here helping our families.”

Officials at Creativity Explored, which offers artists with developmental disabilities the opportunity to create and share their work with the community, said they will be able to use the grant money to update their space and make more efficient administration offices.

“A new kitchen, respite area and conference area at Creativity Explored is going to mean so much — a quiet place for our artists to retreat to, a real kitchen and break area for our hardworking staff, and our first ever space dedicated to private meetings,” said Executive Director Linda Johnson.

ArtSpan, Asian American Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, Breast Cancer Action, Community Living Campaign, First Exposures, Positive Resource Center, The Roxie Theater, SFMade and Sunset Youth Services are the remaining nine nonprofit organizations that will benefit from this round of grants.

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