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San Francisco Carbon Fund Grant

Grants to California Schools and
Nonprofits to Protect the Environment

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San Francisco (SF) Environment - San Francisco Carbon Fund

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01/17/20 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $50,000 to California schools and nonprofit organizations for projects that help the environment and enhance the quality of life for residents in eligible regions. Funding is intended to address the affects of carbon emissions, increase green spaces and trees, improve habitats, and lessen the amount of energy used in wastewater treatment. All project sites must be within the City and County of San Francisco.

The Department is prioritizing greening projects in neighborhoods that have been underserved by the SF Carbon Fund and have been identified as being at greater risk of heat impacts than other parts of the city—Chinatown, the Tenderloin, and South of Market.

The Department is currently seeking projects that sequester and mitigate carbon emissions through increasing the number of healthy trees and green space and decreasing the amount of energy needed to treat the City’s wastewater by improving habitats.

Since the goal of the SF Carbon Fund is to achieve permanent carbon savings, the bulk of funding (at least 70%) should go to capital improvements such as trees, plants, pavement removal, etc.

Eligible project types include:

  • Street, Schoolyard, and Alleyway Trees;
  • Swales;
  • Planted Buffer Strips;
  • Rain Gardens;
  • Wetlands;
  • Edible Gardens
  • or some combination of the above.

Co-benefits of SF Carbon Fund projects support the City’s long-term climate and resiliency goals—supporting health and well-being by reducing urban heat island impacts and flooding risks, helping small businesses thrive, expanding the production of locally grown food, increasing neighborhood walkability, providing equitable access to green space, restoring biodiversity, and amplifying community action.

Priority will be given to projects in neighborhoods that have been underserved by the SF Carbon Fund and will be more impacted by heat episodes than other parts of the City as identified in the San Francisco’s heat vulnerability reports, available at

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GrantWatch ID#: 165100

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The minimum award will be $10,000 and maximum will be $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed in with-in 36 months. Grantees must agree to maintain project vegetation for two years following the end of a 12-month project implementation phase.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only 501(c) 3 nonprofit organizations and schools are eligible. Applicants are required to submit proof of non-profit status before funds will be awarded. For-profit businesses may participate as sub-contractors to an eligible organization. Those entities that have an existing Department grant will only be considered for funding if current grant-funded projects are on track.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-Application Meeting: Thursday, January 2, 2020, 10 am

1455 Market Street-12th floor

You must RSVP to Shawn Rosenmoss

Pre-Application Information:

The submission deadline is 5:00 PM on Friday, January 17, 2020. Electronic submissions are required.

Important Dates:
- Grant RFP Issue Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
- Pre-Application Meeting: Thursday, January 2, 2020
- Final day for questions (email or pre-application meeting - no phone calls): Friday, January 10, 2020
- Questions posted on website: Weekly until January 13, 2020 at
- Proposals Due: No later than 5:00 PM, Friday, January 17, 2020
- Environmental Commission Approval of Awards: Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Department’s payment process is cost-reimbursement. Payments will be withheld pending timely submission of deliverables, reports and inventories. The Department may consider providing an advance in situations where an applicant can demonstrate a legitimate fiscal need.

Grants will be awarded for three (3) years, with the majority of the grant (90%) awarded in the first year and less funding (5% per year) for the following 24 months to cover maintenance and reporting. Funding for each year of the grant is subject to satisfactory completion of grant-funded activities.

Before the City can award funding, grantees must become an approved city vendor and meet Human Rights Commission requirements. This process can be lengthy and should be started as early as possible to avoid delays in grant awards. Required forms can be downloaded from For more information, see:

Applicants should allow at least 2 hours to submit a full application electronically.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To RSVP to the Pre-Application Meeting, submit questions, and to apply, contact Shawn Rosenmoss at

For submission problems contact 415-355-3746.

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