Franklin Neighborhood Development Corporation (FNDC) is investing in and improving the physical infrastructure, social services, public transportation, education, and job creation for Franklin Blvd Business District’s residents, and business and property owners.
FNDC is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt and tax-deductible neighborhood development corporation established to facilitate community development and revitalization of Franklin Blvd Business District’s business and residential neighborhoods.
Since its inception in April 2014, FNDC has raised approximately $70,000 from major contributors, individual donors and in-kind contributions. These funds have been used to develop various elements of the Corporation’s forthcoming Community & Economic Development Strategic Plan (‘Plan’) including a walk and bicycle audit of Franklin Boulevard, urban design drawings for a new streetscape and park projects, economic development and revitalization consulting, business and residential survey collection, and district re-branding efforts. We are currently working towards a Complete Streets. With initial funding in December 2015, the City of Sacramento successfully applied for and won a $443,000 Community Design Grant from the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) and leveraged an additional $450,000 of public funds for a total of $893,000 in streetscape funds.
On Monday, January 29, 2018, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), with the City of Sacramento, Government as co-applicant, received a $170,000 Transformative Climate Communities Planning Grant from the California Strategic Growth Council to support the North Franklin community – a neighborhood and business district facing physical, economic, and environmental challenges and disinvestment. The grant will fund a Playbook of strategies to implement City/County of Sacramento and community-based efforts related to infrastructure, transportation, renewable energy, climate adaptation, economic, infill and housing development strategies. The funds will help strengthen coordination between local organizations, public agencies, businesses and residents, and position Sacramento’s disadvantaged Franklin community for future competitive funds. The effort will encourage business and economic growth, social equity, and greenhouse gas reduction; protect against displacement; and build capacity for better community engagement. In addition, the grant funds positions which focus on increasing the capacity of local community organizations and increased engagement in the Franklin Blvd area – through both the Mayor’s Thousand Strong initiative and the state CivicSpark program. CivicSpark is a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity for local governments to address climate change and water management issues in California. Both these programs give young people real-world work experience to will help launch their own careers and give back to their community. Official SGC release here – http://www.sgc.ca.gov/…/20180129-TCC_Press_Release_Final.pdf
Current Projects Underway
- Franklin Economic Development “Playbook”
- Franklin Boulevard Complete Streets Project
- Impactful Art Installation Project on Franklin Boulevard (collaboration with RCAF & 916Ink)
- Sacramento Mercado Business Incubator
- Fundraise to Acquire Property and Build a Park/Plaza
- Pilot Commercial Solar Parking Structures
- Pilot Zero-Emission Vehicles
- Facilitate placement of a Community bank