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Is Your Arts Organization Facing Displacement in Oakland?

Top photo: Vertical dance performance by Oakland’s Bandaloop. Photo courtesy of Bandaloop.

A new program, Keeping Space – Oakland, aims to help arts and cultural organizations be “real estate ready” and secure affordable, long-term, safe spaces.

The Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) is piloting this program in Oakland in partnership with the Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF) after their joint success in helping to stabilize spaces for nonprofits in San Francisco.

Keeping Space – Oakland  Offers Assistance

Oakland arts and culture organizations can apply for technical and financial assistance through CAST.

Financial Grants to Stem Displacement
If your arts organization has been displaced or is facing displacement from Oakland, you can apply for grants up to $75,000. These grants are intended to help nonprofits execute real estate transactions that result in permanent, affordable space. Apply for financial assistance by February 10, 2017.

One-on-One Technical Assistance and Training
Gain the skills needed to navigate real estate projects, including negotiating protective lease terms and acquiring property. CAST is partnering with the real estate consulting experts at NCCLF to offer one-on-one technical assistance and real estate readiness training to arts organizations. Apply for technical assistance by February 10, 2017.

Visit the CAST website for more details, including eligibility and key dates for Keeping Space – Oakland.

Creating a Home for Art

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation have provided funding to CAST for this one-time pilot of Keeping Space – Oakland.

Info Sessions

Hear about the program from CAST staff and ask questions before applying.

Wednesday, January 18
5-6:30 PM

Oakland Hot Plate
348 13th Street
RSVP here

Tuesday, January 24
6:30-8 PM

1714 Telegraph Avenue
RSVP here

Thursday, February 2
6-7:30 PM
The Unity Council Fruitvale – San Antonio Senior Center
3301 E. 12th Street #201
RSVP here

The Rainin Foundation helped to create CAST in 2013, in partnership with NCCLF, to stabilize physical spaces for arts and cultural nonprofits in San Francisco. We know that the burdens of escalating rents and dwindling resources are barriers to the creativity that has shaped the Bay Area into the arts epicenter we love. The Rainin Foundation supports a dynamic, evolving environment that fuels artistic endeavors by investing in spaces, spearheading groundbreaking initiatives like CAST, and ensuring artists and arts organizations continue to have a home in the Bay Area.

We’re looking forward to the impact of Keeping Space – Oakland.


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