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Eastern Neighborhoods Grant Program

Grants to California Nonprofits, Community Groups,
and Schools to Improve Eligible Neighborhoods

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City and County of San Francisco - City Administrator’s Office - Community Challenge Grant Program (CCG) and San Francisco Planning Department

Deadline Date:

11/20/20 12:00 Noon


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Grants to California nonprofits, merchant associations, community groups, schools, and community benefit district organizations in eligible locations for capital projects that improve eligible neighborhoods. Funding is intended to support projects that engage local businesses and residents in creating green spaces, gathering places, gardens, mini-parks, public art, and other neighborhood amenities that enhance recreation and open space needs. The Eastern Neighborhoods Grant is specifically for projects located within the boundaries of the Eastern Neighborhoods (EN) Area Plan of San Francisco.

The respective funds are applied to community improvement projects in these areas to accommodate increased use of existing amenities by new workers and residents resulting from new development. They are only to be used on capital projects as opposed to maintenance and programming. Projects eligible for this program should be focused on streetscape, public realm, recreation, and public open space improvements on city-owned property only.

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
  • Neighborhood amenities: Community lighting, seating/benches, bike racks – if part of a larger project.

Note: The examples provided above are generally representative of eligible project categories/examples, but not an exhaustive list.

For eligible expenses, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185890

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum funded grant is $15,000, and the maximum funded grant is $175,000.

Term of Contract:

Project Duration: 9 - 12 months depending on the project scope and timeline

On a limited basis, the CCG Program Director may authorize a project duration that exceeds 12 months based on the project complexity and scope.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations, community groups, merchant associations, community benefit district organizations, and schools are eligible to apply for funding. Organizations performing a community project in their neighborhood must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, or identify a 501(c)3 to serve as their fiscal sponsor. The grantee or its fiscal sponsor must be an approved and compliant City supplier to enter into a grant contract with the City and County of San Francisco. For more information on becoming a supplier, please visit

Art projects are ineligible for this program. Unlike other CCG programs, these funds cannot be used to remedy deferred maintenance, abate litter or graffiti, sidewalk or street maintenance, or projects on privately-owned property.

Program Restrictions:

- Projects cannot duplicate or replace funding for an existing private or public program.
- Projects cannot duplicate existing maintenance programs.
- Projects cannot conflict with existing City policies, regulations, or laws.

Ineligible Expenses:

- Food and beverages
- Travel expenses
- Celebrations
- Expenses incurred prior to the execution of the grant contract.
- Previous financial commitments made as part of an organization’s regular operation or as part of another program. Grant awards may not be used to fund ongoing or existing programs, unless there is a clear, documented expansion of services.

Pre-Application Information:

The CCG offers grants through one annual cycle in the Fall. Typically, the grant cycle allows five weeks for the completion and submission of applications. Awards are announced in the Spring of the following year. Depending on the award amount and project scope, grantees may be under contract as soon as thirty days following the pre-contracting meeting.

2020 Grant Cycle Dates:

- Cycle Opens: October 14, 2020
- Application Due Date: November 20, 2020 (12:00 Noon)
- Advisory Committee Review Period: December 2020 - February 2021
- Award Announcement: March 2021

Grant awardees must provide a 35% match of cash, volunteer labor (valued at $25.00/hour), donated materials, supplies, or services.

Applicants must be prepared to enter into a contract within three months of award announcement, including the timely submission of required contract documents, and proactively communicating with the CCG to resolve outstanding deliverables or other problems. If an applicant is unable to comply with timeliness requirements the grant may be revoked.

Projects requiring permits must engage permit-issuing agencies in advance of applying. The applicant must discuss the process and timeline required to obtain necessary permits, and how permitting will affect implementation of your project, in the design section of the proposal narrative and project work plan.

This is a cost reimbursement grant program. Funded entities must first expend dollars, document expenditures, and submit invoices to receive disbursement of grant funds. Awardees cannot begin projects or submit invoices for expenditures made prior to entering into a grant contract with the CCG.


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Contact Information:

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

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Lanita Henriquez, Director
phone 415.554.4830
fax 415.554.4849

Community Challenge Grant Program
Division of the City Administrator's Office
City Hall, Room 362
One Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102

Grant Coverage Areas:

For a map of the ​Eastern Neighborhoods Area Plan Boundaries see:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Eligible Eastern neighborhoods in the City and County of San Francisco

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