Grant DetailKeeping Space - Oakland
Community Arts Stabliization Trust
Keeping Space - Oakland is CAST's new pilot program dedicated to providing training and funding for Oakland arts and cultural organizations seeking real estate assistance. Through direct financial grants, one-on-one technical assistance, and real estate readiness training, CAST's goal is to provide safe, stable, permanent, and affordable real estate solutions for Oakland's local arts organizations.
Artists and arts organizations have told us of their urgent need for help. Originally focused on arts nonprofits, Keeping Space - Oakland is exploring ways to better assist this wide-ranging network of artists, artist collectives, and arts communities, and to prepare them to thrive in Oakland's challenging commercial real estate environment. With the Bay Area's escalating commercial rental costs, Keeping Space - Oakland investments are timely and crucial to help in keeping Oakland artists and arts organizations in Oakland.
CAST Executive Director, Moy Eng
With generous support from our partners, Kenneth Rainin Foundation and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, CAST will provide Technical and Financial Assistance for Oakland's arts and cultural organizations. Modeled on San Francisco's Nonprofit Displacement Mitigation Program for Arts and Culture, led by CAST and Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF), the program aims to build the capacity of the Oakland arts and culture sector to be "real estate ready" and to mitigate the adverse impacts of displacement for arts and cultural groups, collectives, and organizations in Oakland.
The program is one strategy of many proposed by the Oakland Arts Workspace Group, a unified effort by public, private, and philanthropic partners that include the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, CAST, NCCLF, and the City of Oakland. The group is focused on creating workspace stability to foster, support, and sustain the arts and cultural ecosystem in Oakland.
Keeping Space - Oakland provides grant funding of up to $75,000 to groups, collectives, and organizations that have a developed plan for securing a long-term or permanent, affordable arts and cultural facility.
Grant link: http://cast-sf.org/strategies/keeping-space-oakland/