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Two Excelsior Nonprofits Win Grants for Economic Development Work

Two Excelsior-based organizations have been awarded city grants for economic development work, but only one of the grants will fund work in the Excelsior. The Broad-Randolph commercial corridor will also receive services.

The Excelsior Action Group will receive up to $50,000 for work on the Broad-Randolph corridor, while the Excelsior-Outer Mission Merchants Association and the Tides Center will receive up to $50,000 for work on Mission Street and Geneva Avenue, according to Gloria Chan, a spokesperson for the Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

The funding is part of a batch of 13 OEWD grants across the city. The selected grantees and OEWD are currently finalizing the funding in a 6-8 week contract negotiation process, according to Chan.

In both cases, these two winners were the only applicants for the grants, Chan said.

Excelsior and Outer Mission

EOMMA will receive up to $50,000 for projects that “enhance and support the businesses and economic development activities along the Excelsior/Outer Mission Commercial Corridors,” according to OEWD’s Request for Proposals.

Possible projects include physical improvement projects, outdoor events, events in vacant or underutilized space and beautification projects, according to the RFP.

EOMMA did not respond to a request for comment.

Excelsior Action Group

EAG was awarded up to $50,000 to complete three to six projects “that will contribute to neighborhood vitality, increase economic activity, and leverage and build local leadership and social capital” on the Broad-Randolph corridor.

Projects are meant to be completed in 6 – 12 months once approved and can consist of physical improvements, beautification projects and minor storefront improvements, according to OEWD’s Request For Proposals.

EAG Executive Director Stephanie Cajina said the EAG had not applied for the Excelsior funding because it was “not a good time to add more to our plate in the Excelsior,” but added that EAG welcomes other groups working on the corridor.

The EAG has been busy with becoming a nonprofit and recovering from a fire that displaced them from their office last December on top of of its regular workload, according to Cajina.

Although the EAG, which was founded in 2002, has historically focused on the Excelsior and Outer Mission commercial corridors, it has begun to work on the Ocean View’s Broad-Randolph corridor this year.

OEWD amended a contract for work on the Geneva and Mission corridors to include the Broad-Randolph corridor after a shooting in March 2017.

Cajina said that the EAG has not expanded its nonprofit statement of purpose, but would rely on a community-led process on the Excelsior, Outer Mission and Broad-Randolph corridors if it decides to.

Cajina said the OEWD funding would be used to develop marketing materials for local businesses and hold events highlighting small businesses on Broad Street in order to “foster connections between businesses and the surrounding community.”

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