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.

This program is funded by the Kenneth Rainin Foundation and the William + Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Services Offered

Technical Assistance

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.

Financial Assistance

Grant funding of up to $75,000 is available to organizations that have a developed plan for securing long-term or permanent, affordable workspace. This includes organizations with terminated leases that triggered displacement and relocation since July 30, 2016, or that have renewed leases at substantially higher rates.

Program Guidelines

Prior to applying, please read the

program eligibility guidelines.

Key Dates

Application Due Date: Friday, February 10, 2017 at 11:59 pm
Award Announcements & Notifications: Spring 2017
Real Estate Readiness Workshops: One workshop during the weeks of: May 1-5, June 5-9, July 10-14 (for Technical Assistance awardees only). Exact dates TBD.

Information Session

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Oakland Hot Plate, 348 13th Street
5-6:30 pm
RSVP Here

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