San Francisco Department of the Environment

Zero Waste Grant and Youth Field Trip

The Department of the Environment awards funding to non-profit organizations (registered with the IRS as 501(C)3 organizations) whose work in source reduction, reuse, recycling, composting and outreach helps San Francisco reach its environmental goals.

For 2019-2021 fiscal years, the Department will award:

  • up to $720,000 over two years to projects that move San Francisco closer to its Zero Waste goal while providing a range of co-benefits such as workforce development, youth development and re-distribution of valuable resources.  Grants typically range from  $10,000-$100,000.
  • up to $20,000 over two years to one project that provides hands-on outdoor education activities for grades 6-12 focused on environmental justice issues, that also reinforce in-school recycling, composting, and water conservation curriculum.

Projects should exemplify Department values of Credibility, Innovation, Collaboration, Equity, and Impact. 

Pre-application Conference
11:30am Friday, April 5, 2019
1455 Market St. 12th floor San Francisco, CA 94103
RSVP is required - email

Electronic proposal submissions due:

5:00 PM Friday May 3, 2019

Request for Proposal (PDF)


The City and County of San Francisco has strict Certificate of Insurance requirements in order to be awarded funding. Please review these before submitting your proposal.


Questions & Answers - updated 4/28/19