March 17, 2020

Merchants Community Fund

We in the Lower Haight have been so inspired by the compassion of our neighbors during this chaotic and scary time. 

To channel some of that energy, the Lower Haight Merchants & Neighbors Association (LoHaMNA) has initiated a Lower Haight Merchants Community Fund.

This fund will be distributed in $500 increments to Lower Haight merchants in need, with a total of 10 grants. These monies can be used for payroll, rent, accounts payable, utilities and other essential services to bridge the gap for our merchants, until they can reopen for business. Ideally we ask that merchants become a member (membership) before the grant cycle, even if it is a $0 hardship membership level. 

We will distribute these funds by the end of next week to those most in need. The deadline for submissions is midnight, this Saturday, March 21. Please submit your grant request to

To apply please answer the following questions in your email grant submission:

Name of business:
Your need/use of funds (in less than 100 words): 
Contact name (owner/manager):
Contact Telephone:
Address for delivery of check: 
Contact Email: 
Paypal account name (if relevant): 

We also want to make you aware of other financial and relief resources for merchants:

We are open to other ideas to help our merchants and our neighbors, so please send ideas to LoHaMNA to further serve the community. 

To that end, we’re putting together a plan to organize the neighborhood, block by block. The idea is to appoint one person who is responsible for each block, who can manage basic requests and ask for help from the greater neighborhood when they need it. Let’s conquer fear and uncertainty through organization. 

We are attempting to do this as virtually as possible, respecting social distancing and the health and welfare of our community members.

Please email if you are willing to be responsible for your block, or are willing to help organize.

For more information about LoHaMNA please visit

LoHaMNA Board 



ROUND 1: Grant Recipients of the Community Merchant Fund