Subsidize money available for key economic zone revitalization proposals

New grants are being made available in San Francisco to help fund proposals to revitalize a key area of ​​the city’s economy.

The $3.4 million grant was announced last week through the city’s Office of Economic Development and Workforce.

According to a press release from the development office, the funding is intended to support the planning, implementation and promotion of activities, events or pop-up shops in the area designated by the workforce development office. as the “economic core”.

The grants will also fund proposals to market and promote tourism in the city and conventions organized by the city, as well as plans to collaborate with various stakeholders in the region, including owners, employers, employees and residents. .

“This program will do a lot to strengthen our small businesses and help bring people back downtown. It’s also a great opportunity to get creative with our storefronts to showcase the diversity of food, arts and culture. the culture that San Francisco is known for,” said Sharky Laguana, chairman of the San Francisco Small Business Commission.

The economic core is mostly in the downtown area and held about 70% of the city’s jobs before the pandemic, according to the Economic Workforce Development Office.

“We encourage non-profit organizations to apply for these opportunities. We will be most successful in bringing workers, residents and visitors back to our economic core and to businesses that are struggling to keep their doors open by showcasing the creativity and uniqueness that makes San Francisco so special,” said Kate Sofis, executive director of the Office of Economic Development and Workforce.

Proposals must be submitted by September 1. An optional virtual information session on Tuesday will help navigate the grant application process.

You can find more information and a link to the information session at: https://oewd.org/bid-opportunities/RFP-224.

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