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 of 2020, we finally made it to the final phases of construction and thought we were set to open in April. This was a crucial timeline for our budget and survival as a club. However, we had to pause for months due to the ongoing COVID-19-related state and local restrictions. Currently Alameda County is still not permitting our category of business to operate and there is no immediate end in sight.
In August we made the call to proceed with our build-out. This puts us in the best place possible for success. Our construction team has agreed to get us to operational capacity on a fixed-fee budget and our ice crew is joining us late August to buid our ice floor. These were key developments that will put us in position to operate as soon as we are legally able to do so.
Financially, we are doing everything we can to stretch our current reserves and find additional funds to sustain in what will undoubtedly be a restricted environment until COVID-19 has significantly subsided. Given the widespread and severe economic impact to so many during this time, fundraising has been challenging. So far we have successfully secured an SBA loan, our landlord has generously provided some rent abaitment, and we have received several donations. We also continue to apply for city, state, and federal programs. All of this has kept us going, but we are still short and reliant on generous individual donations to save our club.
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.