The Sheriff’s Office supports DSAL as part of its commitment to public safety, a commitment based on real relationships with the people it serves. The Sheriff’s Office has brought in substantial competitive grant funding since 2008 to bring community-oriented Deputies to the REACH Ashland Youth Center and throughout Ashland and Cherryland; provide counseling, internships, and supports for people reentering the community from jail; reform the structure of the jail to emphasize education, treatment, and jobs for people leaving; and support all DSAL’s recreation, health, food, and jobs programs.
(BSCC): Through a 2016 grant for Strengthening Law Enforcement and Community Relations, DSAL is getting funding to help pay for expanded recreation activities at the Hayward Adult School. The BSCC grant is also supporting community-inspired artwork for the HAS site; civic leadership opportunities, and staffing for Eden Night Live.
Funds from CalWORKs (formerly known as welfare) have helped pay stipends for interns at Dig Deep Farms. Many of our interns have gone on to full-time employment in the food systems industry, whether urban agriculture, restaurant work, or logistics.
This national foundation awarded DSAL a major grant for creative placemaking: developing places where economic activity, the arts, and social connections can come together in the Ashland and Cherryland neighborhoods. Kresge funds have helped support Eden Night Live and our partnership’s move into supporting new, local businesses.
DSAL received a grant from the Artplace National Creative Placemaking Fund in January 2017. ArtPlace is a ten-year collaboration among foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions that works to put arts and culture into community planning and development, to strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities. ArtPlace funding supports DSAL and our partners in making our neighborhoods more engaging, with more social, creative, and economic activity.
SSA funds production and support staff at DSAL's Dig Deep Farms produce stands at local health clinics and county buildings, where low-income patients have access to fresh fruits and vegetables at "Farmacy" farm stands. 'Farmacy" stands help people access quality, locally-grown produce, combating both food insecurity and metabolic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. The Farmacy also sells produce to the general public.
With funding from the Stupski Foundation, and Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), DSAL is able to purchase prepared meals from local food businesses, as well as produce grown at its social enterprise, Dig Deep Farms (DDF), and donated by Bay Cities Produce, for distribution to home-bound seniors, medically vulnerable patients, the homeless population, and families experiencing food insecurity and hunger as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. DSAL has access to refrigerated delivery trucks, and is partnering with East Bay Paratransit to deliver the food to those who aren’t able to get to schools, food pantries, and other food distribution sites. Combined, these efforts will enable DSAL to pay for and distribute over 2,000 meals per week.
DSAL is a deeply collaborative partnership. We work with many agencies and people to do the work of building safer, healthier, more livable neighborhoods -- and that includes you! Support from the public helps us create positive experiences and opportunities for kids, teens, and families.
Please consider making an ongoing donation of $10, $25, $50, $100 or more per month, or make a one-time gift. We appreciate your support, however it comes. Thank you!
Through its partnership with the Sheriff’s Office, DSAL has secured grant funds from the US Department of Justice to help our neighborhoods thrive. The Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grant helped us launch Eden Night Live community festivals in 2016, which saw over 10,000 kids, youth, and adults come through the gates for music, arts, sports, food, and connections with neighbors, local businesses, and community-oriented Deputies. The DOJ funded the DSAL food trailer and the various creative placemaking efforts implemented on our site at Mission and Hampton in Ashland.
(CDBG): Administered by Alameda County, these funds have helped us establish and run Dig Deep Farms and build DDF's future Food Hub. The Food Hub will support a network of integrated food businesses who aim to provide access to healthy food and jobs in our community where access to both has historically been limited.
The Libra Foundation has provided support for The World as It Could Be, a DSAL program for youth leadership and social justice; and for DSAL to improve its marketing, communications, and fund development.
This foundation has awarded DSAL funding to build a Fitness Park focused on youth and adult soccer. The Fitness Park will include six futsal pitches (futsal is a popular variant of soccer played on a smaller pitch or court), gathering spaces for parents and spectators to watch matches, and space for local entrepreneurs to sell food through DSAL’s licensed food trailer and other food trucks. The soccer activities will also be a venue for informal interactions between residents and Sheriff’s Community Policing Deputies.
Calrecycle's Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program grant supports the Alameda County Food Recovery Project, a food recovery and redistribution program managed in partnership between DSAL; 3 Alameda County school districts (Hayward, San Lorenzo and Castro Valley); and the Unity Council (a non-profit social equity development corporation inOakland), with advisory support from ALL IN Alameda County.
These funders are supporting DSAL's Art+ initiative, focusing on businesses along a 5-7 block stretch of the East 14th Street corridor in Ashland, seeking to create a visual and aesthetic identity for the now-dilapidated area. Our Alameda County Office of Education art instructors are matching youth artists with business owners to design and install Art++ facade improvement projects with community design input. They design, fabrication and installation of the Art++ facade improvement, making the corridor a more vibrant place to be.