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Community Challenge Grant Program (CCG)

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

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

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11/20/20 12:00 Noon


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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.

For more than 25 years, the Community Challenge Grant Program (CCG) has provided funding to community groups, schools, and nonprofit organizations to make improvements in their communities. The program is an important tool for building a stronger and more vibrant San Francisco by empowering groups to lead improvements in their neighborhoods and communities. 

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, graffiti and litter abatement
  • Stewardship and apprentice programs focusing on graffiti and litter abatement, gardening, and art on an existing or proposed CCG project

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 materials, as they directly relate to the proposed project.
  • Permit fees, as they directly relate to the proposed project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146238

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

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.

All projects must finalize their proposed draft interpretive signage and submit the final version for review, comment and approval before project completion. CCG staff must confirm installation of signage prior to grant closeout. The proposed signage must be finalized at the 9-month mark of the contract for all projects on a 12-month grant cycle.

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 & County of San Francisco.

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-proposal Conference:

The CCG Application Workshop will focus on the CCG and EN Grant Programs.
Date: October 20, 2020
Register online:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be available October 14, 2020.

Application Due Date: November 20, 2020 (12:00 Noon)

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 Spring of the following year.

Projects requiring permits must 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 property owned by the City & County of San Francisco School District: Beginning in 2019, proposed projects on any City & County of San Francisco School District property must receive approval from the District’s Green Schoolyard Manager, Tamar Barlev.

For all projects on privately owned property: Projects on private property must include written permission from property owner(s) of the proposed site location.

The Community Challenge Grant Program is designed to provide financial assistance that is complemented by a partially-matched community contribution. The required match is based on the grant request. For every grant dollar requested the applicant must provide at least a 35% match for all projects. For more information, see

The CCG is a reimbursement grant program.

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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.

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

Tamar Barlev, District Green Schoolyard Manager:

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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