Grants for Place: Anchoring Communities

Through the Place pathway, we believe that our communities anchor us and provide connections to opportunity, services, and safety. We aim to ensure that Bay Area residents can find, and stay in affordable homes, connected to the social, cultural, spiritual, and economic networks that allow communities to thrive.

The San Francisco Foundation serves San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Mateo Counties, and makes grants across the five-county region. A list of grants for the Place pathway is as follows:

2017 Equity Grants

Grants are divided by multi-year and one-year durations.

Multi-Year Grants

$135,000 – Bayview Opera House, Inc.

To provide core operating support to an anchor community cultural hub with quality programs in the San Francisco Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood, creating a sense of place, belonging, community engagement, and pride for residents and community members.

$167,000 – Center for Youth Wellness

Provide direct health services in Bayview Hunters Point through the Bayview Child Health Center; conduct clinical research; and implement a continuing education initiative to medical professionals about screening for childhood adversity.

$50,000 – Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California

Provide core operating support to a community anchor organization that provides arts, culture, and civic engagement to Islamic, immigrant, refugee, and non- Islamic refugee communities in the Bay Area region.

$60,000 – Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center

For general operating support to cultivate and amplify the diverse voices of a working-class Mexican American community and to enrich and preserve the culturally vibrant and connected Richmond and San Pablo neighborhoods.

$80,000 – National Housing Law Project

To provide project support to increase access to affordable housing for people who were formerly incarcerated and live in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties.

$90,000 – Urban Ed Academy

Improve school climate in Bayview Hunters Point and create a pipeline of qualified teachers that reflect the demographics of The Bayview by recruiting men of color into the SFUSD’s new teacher credentialing program and providing assistance and pre-program professional development.

$40,000 – ZACCHO Dance Theatre

Provide core operating support to strengthen a community anchor organization which engages predominantly low-income and African American residents of San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point neighborhoods through creative artistic performances and education.

One-Year Grants

$50,000 – API Cultural Center, Inc.

To support cross-cultural community building, preserve cultural identity, and promote civic engagement through arts and culture in Oakland’s Chinatown neighborhood.

$50,000 – Asian, Inc.

To prevent the displacement of low-income residents and people of color by supporting increased access to affordable housing and small business development in the Bay Area.

$50,000 – Booker T Washington Community Service Center

To offer a robust set of services, including health, housing, childcare, afterschool programming, and skills training in the newly built Booker T. Washington multi-use housing and adjacent community center in San Francisco’s Western Addition neighborhood.

$100,000 – California Reinvestment Coalition

To conduct research and organize campaigns to leverage local housing protection and creation polices to protect East Bay low-income residents and people of color from increasing threats of displacement.

$45,000 – Canal Welcome Center

To support grassroots leaders who are engaged in organizing immigrant and civil rights groups that advocate for more affordable housing in Marin County.

$50,000 – Central City Hospitality House

Build community power in the Tenderloin, Mid-Market, and Sixth Street Corridor in San Francisco by investing in the leadership and civic engagement skills of neighborhood residents, while strengthening the organizational capacity for ongoing leadership of issue-based coalitions and alliances.

$50,000 – Community Action Marin

Core support to build the capacity of a community anchor providing constituency led advocacy around fair and affordable housing for people and households with low to extremely low incomes in the Canal community of Marin.

$50,000 – Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto

To make Silicon Valley and the Peninsula a diverse, vibrant place for all, by curbing the displacement through comprehensive legal services and by promoting policies to increase affordable housing and preserve existing affordable housing.

$40,000 – Congregations Organizing for Renewal

To provide project support for rent control and just cause policies as tenant eviction protections in Fremont and Union City.

$100,000 – East Bay Community Law Center

To curb displacement of low-income East Bay tenants through community legal education, outreach, direct legal service, and anti-displacement policy advocacy.

$45,000 – Excelsior Works!

Core support to a community anchor organization which is disrupting housing displacement trends through programs that expand workforce opportunities in the Excelsior and South of Market neighborhoods of San Francisco.

$50,000 – Human Investment Project

To increase affordable housing opportunities for low-income individuals and families in San Mateo County.

$50,000 – Mandela Marketplace, Inc.

Provide core operating support to strengthen and expand the impact and reach of building local food-based economies in Alameda County, increasing business ownership and job opportunities, and improving health outcomes in historically marginalized communities.

$50,000 – Monument Impact

To support ongoing leadership development in the Monument Corridor in East Contra Costa County by training local leaders to effectively advocate on issues of housing and displacement, community safety, and immigrant rights.

$100,000 – One East Palo Alto

To increase the capacity of the Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success (YESS), working to improve the quality of life for young people, ages 0-24, residing in historically underserved communities of East Palo Alto and Belle Haven (EPABH) in San Mateo County.

$50,000 – Prospera

To increase sustainable economic opportunities for low-income Latina immigrant women to launch their own cooperative businesses across the Bay Area region.

$50,000 – Puente de la Costa Sur

To provide core operating support to produce, protect, or preserve affordable housing units for farmworkers, undocumented immigrants, and low-income individuals in the South Coast area of San Mateo County.

$75,000 – Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

To create pathways to economic opportunity for 250 Bay Area residents who face barriers and are from under-resourced communities, and assist individuals to start and grow their own businesses, create good jobs, and contribute to local economic vitality.

$50,000 – Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services

To prevent the displacement of low-income Richmond residents by helping residents keep their homes and build equity through homeownership opportunities and counseling.

$50,000 – San Francisco Housing Development Corporation (SFHDC)

To provide capacity building support to provide affordable housing and promote economic growth along key commercial corridors, creating vibrant places where people of color and low-income residents live, shop, and work in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point and the Fillmore/Western Addition.

$30,000 – Sikh Family Center

To promote inter-generational dialogue within the Punjabi Sikh immigrant community and increase access to social services by providing culturally sensitive and language appropriate information in Hayward, Fremont, and El Sobrante.

$75,000 – Spanish Speaking Unity Council of Alameda County, Inc.

Provide core operating support for a community anchor institution that produces new affordable housing units for low-income individuals through the development and completion of Phase II A of the Fruitvale Village in Oakland.

$40,000 – The Calle 24 Latino Cultural District

To support the preservation of Latino cultural assets as an economic development strategy to bolster small businesses and community institutions.

$40,000 – The Village Project

To enhance the cultural, social and educational well-being of African American at-risk-youth, adults, and seniors residing in San Francisco’s Fillmore neighborhood by promoting cultural traditions and music forms.


Cross Pathway Grants

$75,000 – Bay Area Black United Fund

To utilize $50,000 to provide medical treatment and support with medical costs to low-income Black communities by acting as a health intermediary, facilitating and investing in policies, partnerships and organizations. $25,000 for capacity building to better the financial health of the organization.

$50,000 – Neighborhood Funders Group

To convene, educate, and align local, state, and national funders in support of community power building efforts that create more equitable solutions to displacement, increase police accountability to communities of color, and protect workers’ rights in the new economy.

$100,000 – San Francisco Public Press

To expand journalism and facilitate community engagement around social issues including education, immigration, health and environmental justice. To hire talented writers and editors, organize convenings about local public policy and venture into audio by building a low-power FM radio station.

$50,000 – The Hidden Genius Project

To expand access to workforce training opportunities, jobs in the growing technology sector, core intensive technology immersion, and other programming skills to diverse low-income youth in Richmond, CA.

$30,000 – Trybe, Inc.

To preserve the cultural heritage of the community and help long-time residents, particularly low-income residents and people of color, stay in the diverse neighborhoods where they and their parents were born and raised.




Past Grants

$25,000 – Abode Services 
To support targeted housing advocacy through voter education and voter registration among low-income individuals in southern Alameda County who facing housing displacement.

$75,000 – ACCE Institute 
To expand racial and economic inclusion and opportunity across the Bay Area by lifting up resident voice on key issues addressing displacement of minority and low income people.

$150,000 – Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services 
To implement an aggressive, targeted anti-displacement strategy for low-income residents and people of color in the Fillmore District of the Western Addition neighborhood, and Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco.

$25,000 – Buena Vista Community Institute/Buena Vista United Methodist 
To support a leadership development project addressing the housing crisis in the City of Alameda, the City of Oakland, and Alameda County.

$125,000 – Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency 
To conduct education, outreach, and engagement with multiple stakeholders (housed/homeless residents, service providers, housing developers/landlords to support reduced displacement and increased housing preservation/creation.

$50,000 – Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency 
To support public education and increased voter registration and participation around November ballot measures which impact the root causes of and solutions to the housing crisis facing low-income families and individuals in Alameda County.

$40,000 – Chinatown Community Development Center 
To support civic engagement activities to advance anti-displacement policies that expand racial and economic equity in San Francisco.

$50,000 – Committee to Protect Oakland Renters 
To expand and increase renter protections for thousands of tenants throughout Oakland.

$165,000 – Community Youth Center – San Francisco 
To expand racial and economic inclusion and opportunity in the San Francisco Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood.

$159,000 – East Bay Community Foundation 
To support a funder collaborative capacity building and accelerator initiative aimed to improve the overall effectiveness and sustainability of Black-Led Organizations (BLOs) in the Bay Area.

$100,000 – East Bay Community Law Center 
To provide legal services in support of grassroots efforts to prevent the displacement of low-income persons of color from  East Bay communities.

$75,000 – East Bay Housing Organizations 
To advocate for increased affordable housing opportunities and revenue through community education and outreach.

$50,000 – Fair and Affordable Richmond 
To support the passage of eviction and homeowner protection measures to slow the pace of residential displacement of vulnerable low-income families and people from Richmond, CA.

$30,000 – Faith in Action Bay Area 
To support resident engagement around the issues of tenant protections needed to lessen the displacement of low-income and persons of color from the Bay Area.

$25,000 – Glad Tidings Community Development Corporation 
To mobilize and educate African American faith leaders, lay leaders, and their congregants  through grassroots educational campaigns on the measures and initiatives on the November 2016 ballot in Alameda County.

$25,000 – Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County 
To reduce displacement of low-income communities of color by producing and preserving quality affordable homes in San Mateo County.

$40,000 – Mission Economic Development Agency 
To support civic engagement activities to advance anti-displacement policies that expand racial and economic equity in San Francisco.

$25,000 – Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc. 
To foster meaningful civic participation, enhance Latino community representation, strengthen neighborhoods, and promote public policies that reflect the needs and lived realities of Latinos in San Francisco.

$180,000 – NPH Action Fund 
To support multiple affordable housing funding ballot measure campaigns in the core San Francisco Bay Area.

$150,000 – Oakland Citizens Committee for Urban Renewal (OCCUR) 
To expand racial and economic inclusion and opportunity across the Bay Area through developing leadership,  and supporting civic engagement on policy measures to support African American and low-income communities threatened with residential housing displacement.

$50,000 – ONTRACK Program Resources, Inc. 
Engage in community education and mobilization to increase public options that effectively transform housing and economic conditions for low-income and vulnerable individuals and families.

$70,000 – Philanthropic Ventures Foundation 
To raise awareness about the housing crisis in Alameda County and encourage the development of a countywide housing bond.

$110,000 – Regents of UC Berkeley – Haas Institute 
To support the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society’s Staying Power project to empower residents who choose to stay in Richmond in the context of rising housing costs.

$75,000 – San Francisco Interfaith Council 
To support convening and stakeholder engagement on anti-displacement and housing affordability in San Francisco.

$35,000 – Spanish Speaking Unity Council of Alameda County, Inc. 
To provide a platform for community building and civic engagement activities to the communities of color, particularly Latinos, in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland through the annual Dia de los Muertos cultural festival.

$250,000 – Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation 
To support development of a coalition to reduce residential displacement in five SF low-income neighborhoods (Tenderloin, Chinatown, Mission, Western Addition, and Bayview/Hunters Point) with large populations of low-income people of color.

$25,000 – The Dellums Institute for Social Justice 
Engage in voter registration, education, and a housing needs and displacement assessment, of key faith centers and other community centers in Alameda County as part of the County Housing Bond passage effort.

$150,000 – Yes on A1 for Affordable Housing 2016
To secure the support of two-thirds (66.67 percent) of Alameda County’s voting electorate to help pass Measure A1, a $580 million affordable housing bond which will increase the production of affordable housing in Alameda County

$150,000 – Young Community Developers 
To expand racial and economic inclusion and opportunity in San Francisco’s Western Addition (WA) and Bayview Hunters Point (BVHP) communities.