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Community Challenge Grant for Community Groups, & Nonprofit Organizations (San Francisco)


Community Challenge Grant Program for community groups, businesses, schools and nonprofit organizations to make physical improvements to their neighborhoods.

Donor Name: San Francisco Community Challenge Grant Program (CCG)

State: California

County: San Francisco County/city (CA)

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 12/03/2021

Size of the Grant: $15,000 to $150,000

Grant Duration: 9-12 Months


Project Categories

Organizations are eligible to receive funding for the following types of projects:

  • Green spaces: Including gardens, sidewalk gardens, median enhancements, tree planting, decorative. planters/boxes, landscaping, and urban agriculture and greening.
  • Gathering places: Mini-parks, parklets, plazas, dog parks, open space and trail restoration
  • Public art: Sculptures, mosaics, murals, and new media.
  • Neighborhood amenities: Community lighting, seating/benches, bike racks, neighborhood branding, community activation initiatives.
  • Sidewalk landscaping.
  • Street maintenance including power washing and graffiti/litter abatement.

Grant Information

  • Budget: $15,000 to $150,000
  • Duration/Contract Period: 9-12 Months

Applicant Organizations

Nonprofit organizations, community groups, merchant associations, community benefit district organizations and schools are eligible to apply for funding. Groups applying for the grant must be a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization, or identify a 501(C)(3) to serve as their fiscal sponsor. The applicant or its fiscal sponsor must be an approved and compliant City supplier to enter into a grant contract with the City & County of San Francisco.

Five Key Eligibility Requirements

  • CCG provides grants to the following types of organizations:
    • Nonprofit organizations
    • Community or neighborhood groups
    • San Francisco businesses or merchant associations
    • San Francisco based Community Benefit Districts (CBDs)
    • Schools
  • Grantees must meet vendor requirements of the City and County of San Francisco. CCG funds are issued to San Francisco vendor approved nonprofit organizations with a 501 (c) 3 status. Local community groups, businesses, or schools performing a community project in their neighborhood must have a nonprofit fiscal sponsor. The grant contractor must be an approved and compliant City supplier.
  • Projects must demonstrate minimum requirements, and should:
    • Emphasize self-help and involve neighborhood residents in the planning and implementation of the project.
    • ​Meet all of the application requirements, including developing work plans, budgets, maintenance plans, obtain insurance, permit approvals (where required), and be prepared to comply with grant administration protocols defined in the guidelines.
    • Have a 5-year maintenance plan detailing ongoing maintenance after project completion, if a public art project, the maintenance plan must extend to 10-years. Identify an individual or entity responsible for maintenance as well as the source of funds to support proposed maintenance plan.
    • ​Include installation of interpretive signs explaining the function of the project to the public and acknowledging CCG, including the CCG logo. Signs may include other project partners and funders, as desired.
    • Costs associated with such signage may be included in your grant request.
  • Projects must not:
    • Duplicate or replace funding for an existing private or public program
    • Duplicate existing maintenance programs
    • ​Conflict with existing City policies

For more information, visit Community Challenge Grant.

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