The Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative helps San Francisco’s nonprofits secure new, nonprofit-owned space and creates solutions for organizations seeking long-term leases. Under this initiative, Community Vision administers two programs — the Nonprofit Space Investment Fund and the Nonprofit Space Stabilization Program, which includes the new Community Cornerstone Program. The programs provide technical and financial assistance to support nonprofit sustainability amidst a changing and volatile real estate market.

Funded by the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), Community Vision administers the two programs in partnership with OEWD, the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, and the Arts Commission.

For questions about the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative and the individual programs, please contact Risa Blumlein Keeper at 

Nonprofit Space Investment Fund applications are now closed.

Nonprofit Space Stabilization Program Technical Assistance applications are open
and accepted on a rolling basis.
See below for more information. 


Nonprofit Space Investment Fund

Supporting the acquisition of new, nonprofit-owned space.

The Nonprofit Space Investment Fund, a program of the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative, provides critical financial support to assist nonprofits in becoming owners of their facilities, and to expand the total amount of nonprofit-owned commercial space in San Francisco. To-date $8 million has been awarded to support the acquisition of 116,000-square-feet of nonprofit owned commercial space in San Francisco. Up to $2.4 million will be available in the current round of funding.

Applications are now closed.

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Prior to applying, please read the Program Guidelines.

Nonprofit Space Stabilization Program

Supporting nonprofits to find creative space solutions and mitigate real estate-related expenses.

Services Offered
Technical Assistance

Technical assistance available for organizations facing permanent displacement in the next 18 months, barriers to growth due to real estate constraints, or in the process of negotiating a lease with a nonprofit sponsor for commercial space located in a 100% affordable housing development.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Prior to applying, please read the Program Guidelines.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Please read the program guidelines before applying. 

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Financial Assistance

General Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to support expenses associated with lease renewals and relocation. Organizations must have a fully executed letter of intent or lease with a term of 3 years or more in order to apply. To date, we’ve awarded $2.4 million in Financial Assistance grants to 47 organizations, preserving more than 258,000-square-feet of nonprofit occupied space.

Applications are now closed. 

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Prior to applying, please read the Program Guidelines.

Application Resources

Financial planning tools and application information are available at the links below.

Budget and Cash Flow Spreadsheet

Multi-Year Budget Spreadsheet

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