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Watershed Stewardship Grant (WSG) Program

Grants to California Nonprofits, Businesses, Schools, and
Community Groups for Local Stormwater Management Projects

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

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11/20/20 12:00 Noon PST


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Grants to California nonprofit organizations, community groups, businesses, community benefit districts, and schools for stormwater management projects in eligible locations. Funding is intended for green infrastructure projects that engage local residents in their development and implementation. Eligible projects benefit the city or county of San Francisco.

The Watershed Stewardship Grant (WSG) is based on the idea that small individual actions by San Francisco watershed stewards add up to large benefits for San Francisco’s watersheds and sewer infrastructure. The CCG and the SFPUC hope that this partnership will encourage groups to apply for funding to implement. Grants are used to support the planning, design, and construction of stormwater management projects

The WSG only supports projects implementing green infrastructure to improve San Francisco's watersheds and sewer infrastructure. Eligible projects must harvest and use rainwater, remove impervious surfaces, and/or implement green stormwater infrastructure (i.e. rain gardens, permeable pavement, bio-retention planters, etc.) in a publicly visible and/or accessible space. 

Projects must demonstrate minimum requirements, and should:

  • Have a 5-year maintenance plan detailing ongoing maintenance after project completion. Please identify an individual or entity responsible for maintenance as well as the source of funds to support proposed maintenance plan.
  • Emphasize self-help and involve neighborhood residents in the planning and implementation of the project.
  • Include design installation of interpretive signs explaining the stormwater function of the project to the public and naming the project partners and funders, including their logos

For eligible expenses, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186167

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funds are awarded for WSG projects at two levels:
- Mid-Scale Budget Size: $15,000 - $75,000
- Large-Scale Budget Size: $75,001 - $150,000

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 and SFPUC to resolve outstanding deliverables or other problems.

Project Duration:
- Mid-Scale Project: 12 months
- Large-Scale Project: 18 month

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

1. 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

2. 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. The grant contractor must be an approved and compliant City supplier.

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

For ineligible expenses, see

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: 12:00 pm (Noon) PST November 20, 2020

All applications must be sent by email. An email confirmation will be provided shortly upon receipt of your application. If you do not receive a confirmation, but submitted an application and have proof of transmission, please email Kelly Teter and Lanita Henriquez no later than 4:00PM on November 20, 2020 for assistance.

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.

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. Additional requirements to obtain approval from the School District may be required.

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

For every dollar requested the applicant must provide at least a 35% match for mid-scale projects and a 25% match for large-scale projects.

Guidelines and Applications:

Contact Information:

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

All applications must be sent by e-mail to: Kelly Teter at and to

Lanita Henriquez:

Tamar Bar Lev, 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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