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The Potrero Nuevo Fund supports Bay Area community-based organizations in three primary areas: arts, environment and sustainable architecture. In the arts, favor goes to programs which increase accessibility to making and viewing art (literary, media, performing or visual), especially to those traditionally excluded from these experiences. A variety of organizations and programs dealing with local environmental issues are supported, especially those working at a grassroots level to promote environmental justice in underserved neighborhoods. Preference is given to sustainable architecture programs which serve the poor.

We are interested in organizations that have the capacity to make an immediate difference in communities in which they work, while at the same time building progressive institutions that will be effective over the long-term. Priority will be given to organizations working in the City and County of San Francisco, though support extends throughout the Bay Area. We are less interested in organizations that are focused on research or litigation or which have large budgets; most grants are expected to go to groups with budgets under $500,000. Grants fall in the $1,000 to $10,000 range.

There are neither formal application guidelines nor due dates. Initial inquiries should include a program or project description, a preliminary budget, and "off the shelf" materials such as newsletters, brochures, or information packets. We will solicit more complete proposals and arrange site visits based on the initial inquiry.

As of November, 2011, we no longer accept unsolicited proposals, but will consider refunding old grantees.

Materials should be sent to: Potrero Nuevo Fund,

1045 Tunitas Creek Road, Half Moon Bay, CA, 94019.


For additional questions, call 650-726-5700

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