San Francisco communities receive nearly $1M for beautification 

click to enlarge Twenty-eight projects received funding this year. They include community gardens, murals and other artwork, sidewalk landscaping and graffiti and litter removal.
  • Twenty-eight projects received funding this year. They include community gardens, murals and other artwork, sidewalk landscaping and graffiti and litter removal.

More than $800,000 in city funds will go toward greening and beautification projects throughout San Francisco, the Mayor’s Office announced Thursday.

The City’s yearly Community Challenge Grant Program offers matching grants to residents, businesses, schools, nonprofits and other groups to make improvements in their neighborhoods. The grants are funded by a portion of San Francisco’s business tax, with some businesses agreeing to contribute 1 percent of the tax toward such projects.

This year’s $832,600 in grants represents seed money to begin the projects. Recipients are required to demonstrate that there are other funding options to complete them.

Twenty-eight projects received funding this year. They include community gardens, murals and other artwork, sidewalk landscaping and graffiti and litter removal.

Mayor Ed Lee said in a statement that the projects “will bring neighbors together to keep The City beautiful and make real, long-term investments in our neighborhoods.”

The biggest grants were awarded to projects in the Portola and Mission neighborhoods.

The Portola Neighborhood Steering Committee was given $65,000 for a street park and community gathering space on Burrows Street. The Women’s Building in the Mission District received $55,000 for the restoration of its dramatic Maestra Peace Mural, painted by seven artists in 1994. The Mission Community Market got $50,000 for the creation of a plaza and community gathering space called “Mercado Plaza.”

Other grants were awarded to the Dogpatch’s Progress Park at 23rd and Iowa streets; a citywide gardening jobs program for high school students; and an “ecologically friendly” composting toilet and sidewalk garden in the Tenderloin.

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Neighborhoods To Get Greener, Cleaner

  • Cesar Chavez Street — $43,000 to continue a sidewalk garden watershed stewardship program, replacing impermeable surface along with native, drought-tolerant plants.
  • Calvary Hill Community Church — $30,000 to allow local artist to create six murals on the side of the Bayview church.
  • Bartlett Street between 21st and 22nd streets — $50,000 to help create “Mercado Plaza” including public art, lighting, sidewalk landscaping, and graffiti and litter removal.
  • Excelsior District — $45,000 to go toward planters, greenery and benches outside the Excelsior Branch Library and illuminated art panels affixed to buildings along Mission Street.

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