San Francisco Environment Department

Community Climate Grants

SF Environment is releasing a total of $2 million in grant funds for community-based organizations engaged in activities that will help the city achieve its environmental and climate action goals in categories of Zero Waste, Toxics Reduction, Community Greening, Building Decarbonization with a focus on Environmental Justice, Climate Outreach and Education, Compost and/or Mulch Procurement, and Youth Education.

Grant solicitation issue date: Friday, October 7, 2022
Proposals due: Thursday, November 17, 2022, by 5 p.m. PST
Letters of Interest due: Friday, October 28, 2022 by 5pm PST. Please note that this Letter of Interest (Attachment E) is NOT mandatory and in no way impacts proposal evaluation, however, it will help us to determine the number of evaluators needed in each program category.

The Environment Department will hold an optional pre-proposal conference:
Monday, October 24, 2022, from 1:30-4:00 p.m. PST in person at SF Environment at 1155 Market St, 3rd Floor or you may attend virtually via Microsoft Teams.
Join on your computer, mobile app or room device: Click here to join the meeting or call in (audio only): (415)-906-4659 Phone Conference ID: 885 885 251#

If you will be attending the pre-proposal conference in person, please RSVP to David Kashani, Contracts and Grants Manager, at [email protected]

Geographic Focus: City and County of San Francisco
Questions about this RFP? Proposers may submit written questions before Thursday, November 3, 2022 to [email protected] All questions submitted will be addressed, and new information will be updated weekly on the SF Environment’s website, as well as the City’s Supplier Portal. It is the responsibility of Proposers to check for updates.

Need the RFP or application materials in alternative formats for people with disabilities? Please contact: David Kashani at [email protected]

For more than two decades, SF Environment has lived its values by providing community grants that, while focused on specific environmental issues, have provided a range of co-benefits—creating jobs, enhancing youth after-school activities, providing resources to educators, providing healthy produce to San Francisco families, creating community space, and contributing to the city’s overall resiliency.  The next round of grant funding will continue to provide these types of co-benefits.

In keeping with its values, SF Environment is releasing grant funds for community-based organizations engaged in activities that will help the city achieve its environmental and climate action goals. For this round of funding, SF Environment will award:

  • Category 1: Environmental Justice/Building Decarbonization: a total of up to $450,000 for increasing the capacity of community-based organizations to participate in building electrification.
  • Category 2: Zero Waste/SB-1383 Procuring Compost for Agriculture: a total of up to $500,000 to procure compost and support small local farmers by providing them with compost and/or mulch to support healthy farming practices and maximize their soil’s ability to sequester carbon.
  • Category 3: Zero Waste/SB-1383 Urban Compost Activation: a total of up to $130,000 to promote compost use in San Francisco through community-based outreach, education, and compost giveaway events.
  • Category 4: Zero Waste/General: a total of up to $720,000 for projects that move San Francisco toward its ambitious zero waste goals.
  • Category 5: Pollution Prevention: a total of up to $75,000 for projects that reduce San Franciscans’ exposures to toxic chemicals. 
  • Category 6: Community Greening: a total of up to $100,000 for community greening. 
  • Category 7: Youth Education: a total of up to $25,000 for projects that provide youth development activities and education on zero waste and its connection to climate change.



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