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Invest In Neighborhoods

August 2017 Newsletter

News & Highlights

Bayview Successfully Pilots a New Farmers Market

On August 13th, the Bayview neighborhood hosted a farmers market thanks to partnerships with Invest In Neighborhoods in the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Economic Development on Third, Pacific Coast Farmer’s Market Association, and CalFresh. This first event proved to be successful with over 600 people in attendance. If this pilot program continues to attract enough vendors and shoppers, it will become a permanent, Sunday event. 3


Event details:

When: Every Sunday until at least September 3rd from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: On Yosemite Avenue between Keith and Jennings Streets.

Other details: EBT/WIC accepted with up to $10 match with use of EBT.

It’s Here! The Commons on Third Thursdays
Join the excitement at The Commons on Third Thursdays this Thursday, August 17 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. As the City heads into warmer weather, the Civic Center Commons (“the Commons”) will come alive with a series of free, family friendly events at Civic Center Plaza, UN Plaza, and Fulton Street between the Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Main Public Library. 4


August 17 is the second in a series of four planned evening events featuring:

  • Live music on 3 stages
    – Hot Flash Heat Wave on Fulton Street
    – Caribbean All Stars in Civic Center Plaza
    – Music to Read By, Christopher Willits in UN Plaza
  • Food trucks
  • Over-21 beverages
  • Field games such as bocce ball
  • Giant Scrabble hosted by 826 Valencia

Pop-up book store by Adobe Books and much more

Music, Art and Theater Converge at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater during WildeWhere?5

McLaren Park is San Francisco’s second-largest and is home to the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater. Neighbors have partnered with Invest In Neighborhoods in San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and Recreation and Parks to host a variety of activities that draw visitors to the amphitheater and park. The WildeWhere? event series is a perfect example. The series showcases local artists and draws attention to McLaren Park’s 318 acres of amenities, which include a golf course, beautiful landscapes, and hiking and biking trails with spectacular vistas. Take a look at the extensive list of free happenings and join the fun.

There’s a New Community Benefit District in Town: Japantown6

Invest In Neighborhoods (IIN) in San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) worked closely with the Japantown Community Benefit District (CBD) Steering Committee (“Committee”) and in July Supervisor London Breed, OEWD, and the Committee announced the creation and establishment of the Japantown CBD. The goals of the District will ensure the historic preservation, physical maintenance, beauty, cleanliness, safety and economic vibrancy of Japantown. This formation joins 14 other CBDs overseen by IIN citywide. “San Francisco’s Japantown is only one of three remaining in the country and the formation of this District will ensure that the area’s cultural and historical resources remain vibrant,” said Mayor Ed Lee. Read more…

Two Thriving and Unique Communities in SF are Named California Cultural Districts 7
Mayor Edwin Lee and the California Arts Council today announced that two San Francisco communities have been named part of the new California Cultural Districts program. San Francisco’s Calle 24 Latino Cultural District and South of Market (SOMA) Pilipinas joined 12 other districts statewide as part of an innovative program that highlights thriving cultural diversity and unique artistic identities within California. Invest In Neighborhoods within San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development worked closely with community partners to advocate for the establishment of Calle 24 in the Mission neighborhood as a cultural district. “San Francisco continues to be on the forefront of preserving and enhancing neighborhood character, identity, and diversity,” said Mayor Lee. Read more…

SF Shines: Storefronts Play a Vital Role8
Invest In Neighborhoods (IIN) within San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development manages the SF Shines program which gives small businesses refreshing, new looks by providing grants, design assistance and project management to improve façades. Recently, Jenna Lane of KCBS interviewed Josué Rojas, Executive Director of Acción Latina; and Joaquín Torres, Director of IIN for a segment on the vital role storefronts play in attracting business and improving neighborhoods. Watch the video.

It’s Back-to-School Time—Get Deep Discounts in the Mission!10

Invest In Neighborhoods (IIN) within San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development has been teaming with community partners to distribute information on promotions in the Mission neighborhood. Right now, you can find great sales for your back-to-school shopping. Visit a variety of local, small businesses along Mission Street and save big. Some participating vendors include Arik’s clothing, New Colors Fashion, Bonita Footwear, and SF Soccer. While you are in the neighborhood, take the opportunity to “Shop, Eat, and Celebrate Cultura.” Read more on what is happening in the Mission.

HealthyRetailSF: Bringing Fresh & Healthful Food Options to Corner Stores12

Healthy Retail San Francisco is a unique public-private collaboration to transform neighborhood corner stores into healthy-food retailers in communities of San Francisco that do not have easy access to fresh, healthful foods. Housed in Invest In Neighborhoods within San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development and staffed in partnership with the Department of Public Health, HealthyRetailSF works with community partners and redesigns corner stores to support the sale of fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and other staple products. While merchants benefit from individualized consultation and redesign, residents benefit from being able to shop for nutritious food in their neighborhoods. Read more and watch this video.

In the Spotlight: Katie Skjerping, Program Manager for OEWD’s Small Business Acceleration Program


Photo courtesy of Todd Johnson, San Francisco Business Times


Katie Skjerping’s work as Small Business Acceleration Program Manager in the Office of Economic and Workforce Development was recently highlighted in the San Francisco Business Times. The program improves service for small food businesses through the permitting process. Read the San Francisco Business Times article and learn more about the program called Open in San Francisco.

Community Events

Invest In Neighborhoods in the OEWD is pleased to support the following events. Many activities are free and all events are open to the public. 

Civic Center Commons4

Visit the Civic Center Commons (the Commons)—the Commons includes United Nations (UN) Plaza, Civic Center Plaza, and Fulton Street between the Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Main Public Library. These spaces play a critical role in our civic life and provide a commons where San Franciscans come together to connect – and unite – around our shared values. Here are upcoming events:

“Knitting the Commons” – Yarn Tree Wrapping, an Art Installation

On display now
Visit Knitting the Commons for more details.

The Commons on Third Thursdays
Detailed Event Schedule

Upcoming events:
August 17, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
September 21, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
October 19, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Events include:

  • Live music on 3 stages
  • Food trucks
  • Over-21 beverages
  • Games and much more

The Commons on 3rd Thursdays is a public-private partnership between the City of San Francisco including Invest In Neighborhoods in the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Another Planet Entertainment, Off the Grid, Noise Pop, and the Civic Center Community Benefit District as part of the Civic Center Commons initiative. For more information go to

Sunday Streets
Sunday Streets provides a space where neighbors, small businesses, government agencies and the nonprofit Livable City collaborate to transform car-congested streets into car-free community spaces for all to enjoy. All Sunday Streets activities are open and free to the public. Event hours are from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Visit the Schedule of Events for more details:

  • Tenderloin – August 20
  • Western Addition – September 10
  • Excelsior – October 1


Whildewhere? in McLaren Park


Detailed Event Schedule

Upcoming events:

Acoustic Soulfest Vol. 3 – August 19, 1:00 p.m.

Indie Rock Show – August 26, 12:30 p.m.

Latin & Jazz Show – September 9, 1:00 p.m.

Shakespeare in the Park “Hamlet” – September 23 & 24, 2:00 p.m.; September 29, 10:00 a.m.; September 30 & October 1, 2:00 p.m.

San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-time Festival – October 15, 12:30 p.m.

McLaren Park Metal Music Festival – October 21, 12:00 p.m.


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Events in The Mission

Fiesta de las Americas

September 17, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.


More event details

Mondays to Sundays at Balancoire

Diverse programming every day of the week: Art and Cocktail Monday, Tango Tuesday, Swing Wednesday, Salsa Thursday and don’t miss out on Drag Sunday Brunch.  This and Much More!
Presented by Balancoire Restaurant and Club

Tuesdays, Live Cuban Band at Cha Cha Cha

Son Chévere plays Classic Cuban Music Tuesdays, July 11 & July 25, 8pm to 10pm- Plus Rueda Con Ritmo offers a son/cha cha cha dance class 7pm-7:50pm ($10 fee).  Son Chévere features Jordan (Tres), Alexey (Percussion), Maria (Bass Keytar), and Ryan (Percussion)
Admission: Free, Dance Classes $10
Presented by Cha Cha Cha

Wednesdays, Cine Con Cultura

7:00pm:  MCCLA Movie Club Cine Con Cultura- web * fb Showcasing Latin American films with English subtitles. Admission: $7

Presented by Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

Thursdays, Mission Community Market

4:oopm-8:00pm:  Mission Community Market- web * fb Visit the Mission Community Market is an open-air marketplace every Thursday rain or shine (March-Nov).  The market  is made up of farmers, small local businesses, music and culture programming and after-school activities. The non-profit promotes family health and are creating a fun, beautiful public space for the Mission District.

Presented by Mission Community Market– 22nd Street and Bartlett 

Saturdays and Sundays, Mural Tours

Presented by Precita Eyes Muralists, 2981 24th Street

Ongoing on Saturdays & Sundays at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets: $3 – $20

Sundays, Live Salsa

El Rio

2nd and 4th Sundays

3:15 p.m. – FREE Dance Class

4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  – Live Band.

Admission: $8 before 4 p.m., $10 After

Kids Camp!

Alamo Drafthouse at New Mission Theater

Movie Tickets: $1, $3, $5

100% of ticket sales are donated to local nonprofits.

Brava Theater Presents:

Cherríe Moraga’s Mexican-American story The Mathematics of Love

August 10 – 27

Tickets: $22

For Additional Events Visit…

Brava Theater –2781 24th Street

Calle 24 Latino Cultural District

Galería De La Raza – 2857 24th Street

San Francisco Mission Street


Summer of Love 50th Anniversary: A Most Groovy Gathering

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, when over 100,000 hippies and free thinkers converged in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. The celebration is here and now is the time to book meeting space by the bay. PLANNERS, COME FEEL THE LOVE: Join the festivities by planning your meeting in San Francisco. From free concerts to art exhibits, sing-alongs, and more – there will be endless events to make your meeting memorable. Need more information? Complete the form, and we’ll send you the SF Summer of Love travel packet.  Read more…

Grants, Technical Assistance and Other Opportunities & Resources

Looking for a new job? OEWD Business Services has Resources for You

Sign up to receive e-mail information on job postings and upcoming hiring events by visiting and select the “Workforce: Business Services” option. For more information, contact OEWD Business Services at (415) 701-4848 or


SF Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative Applications Open

Deadline for Submission: September 8, 5 p.m.

The Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative helps San Francisco’s nonprofits secure new, nonprofit-owned space and creates solutions for organizations seeking long-term leases. The second round of applications is now open for the Nonprofit Space Stabilization Program and the Nonprofit Space Investment Fund, both due September 8, 2017, 5 p.m. These programs provide technical and financial assistance to support nonprofit sustainability amidst a changing, and volatile, real estate market.


Department of Children, Youth and Their Families

Request for Proposals & Request for Qualifications for the 2018-2023 Funding Cycle

Deadline for submission: Monday, September 25, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Access the RFP & RFQ HERE.


Call for Artists

Treasure Island – Phase 1 Public Art Opportunities
Deadline for Submission: October 16, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time


Art Opportunities: The Arts Commission, on behalf of Treasure Island Development Authority, is seeking applications from artists for three distinct arts opportunities:

  1. Building 1 Plaza, on Treasure Island
  2. The Waterfront Plaza, on Treasure Island
  3. Hilltop Park, on Yerba Buena Island

Eligibility: Eligibility is open to professional, practicing artists. Entries not meeting the application guidelines will be withdrawn from consideration.


Be a Grant Panelist for 2018

The Arts Commission needs your help! We need great panelists to review our upcoming 2018 grant cycle applications. Panelists read and score between twenty and 40 applications, and participate in a one to two day-long panel session between January and March 2018. Panelists who are not employees of the City and County of San Francisco will receive an honorarium of $30 for each proposal scored. If you’re involved in the arts community in the Bay Area and are interested in joining our panelist pool, fill out this survey about your background and expertise to be considered for the pool.

Join our Panelist Pool


Grant Application Window Opens in August


Our Grant Guidelines for 2018-2019 will be released in August. Based on feedback from applicants, panelists, as well as grantmaking best practices, we’ve made some improvements in our grant categories, so please read the guidelines carefully, especially if you’ve applied in past years. Stay tuned for more information!


Save the Date: Annual Grants Convening

Tuesday, September 26


You won’t want to miss the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Third Annual Grants Convening, set for the evening of Tuesday, September 26. At the convening, we’ll announce the full slate of awardees for 2017-18, and report on some of the highlights of our grantmaking. We will also be honoring the first winner of The Artistic Legacy Grant, Alleluia Panis of Kulintang Arts Inc. Full program to be announced, so check the next newsletter for more details.


Hellman Foundation Announces Executive Director Sabbatical Award

Deadline for submission: Wednesday, August 30, 5:00 p.m.


We are thrilled to help our colleagues at O2 Initiatives spread the word about their inspiring O2 Sabbatical Award program. The O2 Sabbatical Award honors exceptional nonprofit executive directors by providing them with a much-needed break for personal and professional reinvigoration. O2 Initiatives is currently accepting applications from organizations based in San Francisco, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties.


For more information, visit the O2 Initiatives website and sign up for their mailing list.

Small Business Development Center: FREE Trainings & Workshops

The San Francisco Small Business Development Center (SBDC) conducts a wide variety of FREE business seminars for small businesses in San Francisco:
Money Matters III: Balance Sheet
Tuesday, August 22, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Register here
Visit the calendar to see all upcoming seminars.

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

Business Planning Class

Deadline to apply is September 12

Begins September 19, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Cost: $1000 with financial assistance available for up to 50% with proof of income level

Register here

Financing Resource Center: Do you need money to grow your business? We’ve got you.
FREE one hour consultation.
Contact Gwendolyn Wright for a consultation at (415) 348-6222 or

Small Business Expo – San Francisco

August 17, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.



Foundation Center

Upgrade Your Partnerships: Tips for Nonprofit Collaboration

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cost: $50

Register here

Tell a More Compelling Story

Thursday, August 24, 2017 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $95

Register here

Visit the calendar to see all upcoming events



The Nonprofit Management Institute for Senior Level Nonprofit Managers and Directors – September 20–22

Nonprofit Budgeting Part 1: Budgeting Basics – October 18
Nonprofit Budgeting Part 2: Building Better Budgets – August 29
Introduction to Nonprofit Finance – December 1

For a complete list of workshops, visit


SF Minimum Wage Increases to $14.00 Effective July 1, 2017

Paid Parental Leave Ordinance started on January 1, 2017; Employers with 35 or More Employees are

Required to Comply Beginning July 1, 2017.


 Learn more:

Office of Economic and Workforce Development | City Hall, Room 448, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102