Grants and Contracts

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.

Contracts

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.

Current Request for Proposals (RFPs)

There are no RFPs posted at this time.

Energy Efficiency Professional Services

The Department funds the energy efficiency programs through a combination of State and local money, and budget appropriations and grant funds received by the Department. The Department currently operates an energy efficiency incentive program authorized by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) under a contract with PG&E for the 2015 program cycle. In 2014, the program budget was approximately $6.6 million, including $3 million in incentive payments. The program, entitled “San Francisco Energy Watch,” is primarily targeted at commercial and multi-family properties, but the Department may incorporate single family homes into the program in the future.

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Grants

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 Francsico Carbon Fund and the work of our grant recipients. The next RFP will be issued at the end of 2014.
Reference: 2013 San Francisco Carbon Fund RFP Description

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. We are currently requesting proposals for the 2015 to 2017 grant cycle. Learn more about the Zero Waste Program and the work of our current grant recipients.

Environmental Justice

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.

Sample City Contract & Grant Agreement

Other City and County of San Francisco grant and contract opportunities (not a definitive list)