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Grants to California Nonprofits, Schools, and Community Groups for Projects to Enhance Local Neighborhoods and Communities


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USA: California: City and County of San Francisco

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Community Challenge Grant Program (CCG)

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

Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #146238

Grant Description

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Grants to California nonprofit organizations, schools, merchant associations, community groups, and community benefit district organizations for projects to enhance local communities in eligible locations. Funding is intended to benefit neighborhoods and communities in San Francisco.

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

  • Greening or Urban Agriculture: Including gardens, sidewalk gardens, median enhancements, planting, decorative planters/boxes and landscaping
  • Shared Spaces or Parklets: Including mini-parks, plazas, dog parks and trail restoration
  • Street Maintenance: Including sidewalk sweeping, litter/graffiti abatement and power washing
  • Public Art: Including murals, mosaics, sculptures, and new media art
  • Activation Initiatives or Stewardship on prior CCG funded projects
  • Neighborhood amenities: Including lighting, seating/benches, bike racks, neighborhood branding, community activation initiatives

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

Eligible Expenses:

  • General Labor/Professional services costs. Please note that certain types of professional services are eligible on a limited basis as described in the limitations section below.
  • Equipment, supplies and materials, as they directly relate to the proposed project.
  • Community outreach and engagement, as they directly relate to the proposed project.
  • Permit fees, as they directly relate to the proposed project.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

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
• Applicants must be in good standing on current and/or previous CCG contracts

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:

Applications are due on November 30, 2022 at 3:00pm PST.

The CCG offers grants through one annual cycle in the fall. The grant cycle is open for six weeks to allow for the
completion and submission of applications. Awards are announced in spring of the following year.

Permits & Approvals: It is the responsibility of the applicant to engage permit-issuing agencies in advance of applying.
- For all projects on property owned by the City & County of San Francisco: Before a project is approved for implementation, the applicant must obtain the required permits, approvals, and/or authorization from all City departments with regulatory jurisdiction over the project area.
- For all projects on privately owned property: Projects on private property must include written permission from property owner(s) of the proposed site location.

For every grant dollar requested the applicant must provide at least a 35% match for all projects.

The CCG is a reimbursement grant program.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum funded grant amount awarded from the CCG’s grant budget is $15,000. The maximum grant amount awarded from the CCG’s grant budget is $175,000

Term of Contract:

Applicants must be prepared to enter into a contract within three months of award announcement.

Project Duration: 12 - 18 months depending on the project scope and timeline. On a limited basis, the CCG Program Director may authorize a project duration that exceeds 18 months based on the project complexity and scope. The duration is established at the beginning of the grant contract and represents the period of time that an awardee has to complete the project.

Contact Information:

All applications must be sent by e-mail to:

Lanita Henriquez, Director:

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

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