The development and management of Dogpatch Arts Plaza is funded from a variety of sources. To finance the Plaza's design and construction, nonprofit Build Public leveraged an innovative funding source for public realm capital improvements called an In-Kind Agreement, wherein a portion of the adjacent development project's infrastructure impact fees may be allocated directly into a new public space amenity to directly benefit the surrounding neighborhood. In 2014, Build Public partnered with 650 Indiana Street developer BUILD to secure an In-Kind Agreement to apply a portion of that project's impact fees to help fund the development of the public space. Build Public was also successful in securing a Community Challenge Grant and a Complete Neighborhoods Grant from the City for Plaza construction elements.
To fund ongoing maintenance and community events programming in the Plaza, Friends of Dogpatch Arts Plaza will draw upon a mix of sponsorships, programming fees, and recurring contributions from adjacent property owners and businesses as well as the Dogpatch & Northwest Potrero Hill Green Benefit District.