The development and management of Dogpatch Arts Plaza is funded from a variety of sources. To finance the Plaza's design and construction, nonprofit Place Lab 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, Place Lab partnered with O&M developer BUILD to secure an In-Kind Agreement to apply $850K of that project's infrastructure impact fees to help fund the development of the public space. Place Lab was also successful in securing a $48K Community Challenge Grant and a $200K 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 including NOON All Day, as well as an annual maintenance contribution from the Dogpatch & Northwest Potrero Hill Green Benefit District.