We're continuing the Heart of Jtown Resiliency Fund during GivingTuesday.
UPDATE: We are grateful to all the donors who have given so generously to the Heart of Jtown Resiliency Fund!
Because of the disruptions that COVID-19 has created for Japantown small businesses, the Japantown Community Benefit District (JCBD) launched the Heart of Jtown Small Business Resiliency Fund campaign to solicit donations.
As one of the only four remaining Japantowns in the United States, San Francisco Japantown has served as the cultural hub of the Japanese American community in San Francisco since 1906. Our small businesses play an integral part of what makes up the cultural character and vibrancy that draws us to this special place. It’s a destination point for many visitors and a place where locals come to shop and dine.
Our small businesses are suffering during the COV-19 pandemic. Non-essential businesses have been forced to close. Businesses that rely on foot traffic can only do take out and marginal business. Most are family-run businesses -- many are immigrant families, struggling to pay their employees, cover their rent and pay their bills to support their basic needs.
The Japantown Community Benefit District (JCBD) is set up this GoFundMe campaign to solicit donations that will go directly to support our small businesses.
Grants in the amount of $5,000 were awarded to 80 ($400K total) Japantown small businesses through an application process.
1. Employee wages
2. Assistance with rent and referral to services (i.e. loan application assistance, grant programs, etc.)
3.Purchase of PPE and supplies for small businesses to ensure required social distancing protocols
Additionally funds were used to extend the Picnic at the Plaza for an additional month, provide Kinokuniya tenants with a Shared Spaces buildout, reimburse businesses for sneeze guards the had purchased, logisitical support for Restaurant at the Plaza, help fund a mural by artist Taiko Fujimura for Super Mira, added "Bistro Lights" and will be used to create dividers for Outdoor Dining area in the Buchanan Mall.
JCBD Board members who have business interests and who may be applying for the Fund will not serve on any committees reviewing applications or disbursing awards and fund allocation.
The JCBD is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
For more information on the Heart of Jtown visit: www.theheartofjtown.org