SF Environment works with a range of contractors and grantees to help achieve our environmental goals. Over the past eleven years, we have provided approximately $23 million in grant funding to local non-profits and invested more than $45 million in local businesses and organizations for environmental services.
SF Environment issues Requests for Proposals (RFP) to secure technical support and award grants.
SF Environment uses a competitive bidding process to award contracts to businesses and organizations for technical support services for a wide array of environmental needs. We may occasionally issue a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to identify companies that are technically qualified to provide a specific service.
Small Business Revolving Loan Fund for Energy Efficiency Retrofits
The Department is seeking a community-based lending institution to administer the Energy Efficiency Small Business Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) pilot program, which will provide short-term microloans to small San Francisco businesses that participate in the SF Energy Watch (SFEW) program. Learn more: Small Business Revolving Loan Fund for Energy Efficiency Retrofits.
Charter Bus Service for School Ed Program
The Department of the Environment provides environmentally focused field trips for San Francisco students in grades K-12. Each school year, the program sponsors and coordinates approximately 100 field trips, based on teacher sign-ups. The Department is seeking a contractor to provide Charter Bus transportation, preferably by alternative fuel vehicles, for this program. Learn more: Charter Bus Service for School Ed Program.
The San Francisco Carbon Fund
Since July 2009, the City and County of San Francisco has levied an innovative carbon fee on municipal airline travel to support the San Francisco Carbon Fund (SF Carbon Fund), which funds local projects that mitigate carbon emissions. The SF Carbon Fund awards grants and contracts to businesses, community-based organizations and schools for local projects that mitigate carbon and ultimately improve San Francisco’s natural infrastructure and enhance the quality of the living environment. In prior funding cycles the SF Carbon Fund has made awards for biodiesel and urban forest pilot projects. Learn more about the San Francisco Carbon Fund and the work of past grant recipients.
Zero Waste Grant Program
The Zero Waste Program awards funding to non-profit organizations (registered with the IRS as 501(C)3 organizations) whose work in reuse, recycling, and composting helps San Francisco reach its goal of zero waste by 2020. Learn more about Zero Waste Grants and the work of grant recipients.
Since 2001, the Environmental Justice Program has supported non-profit organizations (registered with the IRS as 501(C)3 organizations) serving the Bayview Hunters Point and Potrero Hill neighborhoods—two areas that have historically been burdened by pollution—to help them become healthier, more sustainable communities. Projects have included solar installations on low-income homes, urban agriculture and healthy food initiatives, green job training, and many others. While the bulk of grantmaking ended in 2011, the Environmental Justice Program periodically releases RFP's from grants it receives from outside organizations such the US EPA. Learn more about the Environmental Justice Program and the work of our grant recipients.