Keeping Space – Oakland
For Oakland arts and culture organizations that are facing immediate space challenges.
Keeping Space – Oakland is a one-time pilot program comprised of real estate readiness training, one-on-one technical assistance, and direct financial assistance in the form of grants. The program aims to build the capacity of the arts and culture sector to be “real estate ready” and to secure affordable, long-term, safe spaces for arts and culture organizations in Oakland.
The Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) is piloting this program in Oakland in partnership with NCCLF after their joint success in helping to stabilize spaces for nonprofits in San Francisco through the San Francisco Nonprofit Displacement Mitigation Program.
Technical assistance services will include financial planning, space planning, identifying/evaluating potential sites, negotiating leases or purchase agreements, developing construction budgets and project timelines, and analyzing potential funding sources, and will be conducted by real estate consulting experts at NCCLF.
CAST will provide grant funding of up to $75,000 for Oakland arts and cultural groups, collectives, and organizations seeking funds for real estate-related expenses, such as facility improvements, planning, and acquisition.