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Community Challenge Grants (CCG)

Grants to San Francisco, California Nonprofits and
Businesses for Neighborhood Beautification Projects

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City Administrator’s Office - Community Challenge Grant Program (CCG)

Deadline Date:

02/14/18 5:00 PM


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Grants to San Francisco, California nonprofit organizations, community or neighborhood groups, local businesses, and schools that are seeking financial assistance for neighborhood beautification projects. Projects should directly engage local residents and businesses in creating green spaces, gathering places, gardens, mini-parks, public art, and other neighborhood amenities featuring and applying ecologically friendly amenities and practices.

​The CCG provides both financial and techncial resources to community groups, businesses, schools and nonprofit organizations to make physical improvements to their neighborhoods and communities for the benefit of all.

The program is an important tool for building strong San Francisco neighborhoods by facilitating community participation, stewardship, and responsibility by allowing groups to take the lead in conducting small-scale improvements in their own communities.

Grants fund community-driven initiatives that beautify the neighborhood, enhance public spaces in the community, and/or restore the natural ecology of an area.

Project types include:
- Urban Forestry
- Public Art
- Urban Agriculture
- Community Garden
- Community Gathering Space
- Street Maintenance

Projects must demonstrate minimum requirements, and should:
- Emphasize self-help and involve neighborhood residents in the planning and implementation of the project.
- 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. Please 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 the grant request

Budget items eligible for funding:
- Staff costs are only for those directly working on the project.
- Labor or Professional services costs
- Equipment, supplies and materials are only for items required t execute the project.
- Community outreach materials (posters, flyers, etc.) as they relate to the proposed project.
- Administrative costs are not to exceed 10% of the requested project budget.
- Project Management costs are not to exceed 20% of the requested project budget
- Fiscal Sponsor fee is not to exceed 15% of the requested project budget.
- Design costs are not to exceed 20% of the requested project budget.
- Permanent interpretive signage not to exceed $1,000 of the requested project budget.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146238

Estimated Size of Grant:

Small scale: $15,000 or less
Mid scale: $15,001 - $40,000
Large scale: $40,001 - $100,000

Term of Contract:

The project duration for Small Scale Grants is 9 Months. The project duration for Mid-Scale Grants is 12 Months. The project duration for Large Scale Grants is 12-18 Months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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. For help locating a fiscal sponsor, contact Lanita Henriquez.

Budget items not eligible for funding:
- Food and beverages.
- Travel expenses.
- 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.
- Awardees cannot use grant funding to support ongoing or existing programs, unless there is a clear, documented expansion of services

Projects must not:
- Duplicate or replace funding for an existing private or public program
- Duplicate existing maintenance programs
- Conflict with existing City policies

Pre-Application Information:

Spring 2018 Grant Cycle:
- Cycle Opens: January 9, 2018
- Application Deadline: February 14, 2018, 5:00 pm
- Award Announcements: May 2018

Groups may apply for funding in one of three levels. Each level the group must provide a match of cash, volunteer labor (valued at $15/hr), donated materials and/or supplies, or services.

For every dollar requested the applicant must provide at least a 25% match for small scale projects, a 35% match for mid-scale projects, and a 35% match for large scale projects. The level of match shall be considered as a proportion of total project cost and applicants must keep detailed records of all expended match dollars.

Projects requiring City permits must speak with the appropriate department staff to discuss the process and timeline required to obtain them. Please discuss how permitting will affect implementation of the project in the design section of the proposal narrative. This should occur prior to submitting an application.

This is a cost reimbursement contract and funded entities must expend dollars, document their expenditures, and submit invoices for reimbursement.


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

Applications should be mailed to:

The City Administrator’s Office
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 362, San Francisco CA 94102
Attention: Lanita Henriquez, CCG Director

Lanita Henriquez, Director
Phone: (415) 554-4830
Fax: (415) 554-4849

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USA: California: The City and County of San Francisco