The San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club (SFBACC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to develop recreational and competitive curlers of all ages and abilities, and be a champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the sport. To that end, the club is building a dedicated curling facility, the first in California, to provide youth and adaptive programs, competitive development, recreational leagues, public instructional events, and so much more.
This project has been a multi-year effort, led by volunteers and supported by generous donations, grants, and loans from community members. We’ve navigated many challenges along the way, including the Bay Area’s high rent and construction costs, design and permit delays, and loss of the multi-use arena where we had previously played.
In March, we finally made it to the final phases of construction and were set to open in April. This was a crucial timeline for our budget and survival as a club. However, we are now on pause because the Bay Area shelter in place orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic both prohibit non-essential construction and won’t allow for us to operate once construction is complete. Our future is now very uncertain.
We are doing everything we can to stretch our current reserves and find additional funds for rent and other overruns. Given the widespread and severe economic impact to so many during this time, we have held off asking until it was clear that we needed additional help. We’ve applied for all of the city, state, and federal programs and rent relief. However, we do not qualify for many of the small business loans (for various reasons) and there unfortunately aren’t many grants aimed at saving non-profit community sports organizations like ours. So we’re reliant on generous individual donations to save our club and members who have contributed financially.
You can learn more about our organization and campaign at dedicatedice.com. We greatly appreciate any support that you are able to provide to help see us through these difficult times and allow us to open our doors. In turn, we look forward to delivering on our mission of developing new sport and community programs for our area and beyond.