San Francisco Department of the Environment

SF Green Business Program - Request for Proposal

Request for Proposals for Green Business Recruitment and Pre-bate Program

 

 

SF Environment will award three grants to non-profits.

·       Green Business Assistance: One grant will be given to administering a pre-bate and rebate program for qualifying businesses.

·       Green Business Recruitment: Two grants will be given to community based organizations to engage and recruitment businesses in Supervisorial Districts 10 and 11m or owned by Black, Indigenous and People of Color.

 

 

TIMELINE FOR PROJECT SELECTION

 

o   Request for Proposal released: Friday, September 11th, 2020

o   Pre-Application Conference: Friday, September 18th , 2020 at 10:30am on Microsoft Teams (RSVP is required to [email protected]). Attendance is optional.

o   Final day for questions (email only; no phone calls): Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

o   Applications due: Friday, October 2nd, 2020 by 5:00pm

o   Projects Begin: November 2020

 

For more information: Contact Kevin Kumataka via email at [email protected]

 

 

The San Francisco Department of the Environment

The mission of the San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment) is to provide solutions that advance climate protection and enhance quality of life for all San Franciscans.

 

Our environmental vision is expressed simply as “0-80-100 Roots”— we must achieve 0 waste and 0 toxic chemicals, take at least 80% of our trips sustainably, and use 100% renewable energy, while reducing consumption. While those goals are about being less harmful to the planet, our “Roots” goal is about healing the planet by protecting nature’s diversity, planting trees and promoting soil health to absorb carbon and restore natural systems.

 

We have set an ambitious agenda to guide us in achieving this vision, ensuring we are meeting the needs of all San Franciscans and providing in-depth programs to neighborhoods throughout the city. We will:

·       Promote Healthy Communities and Ecosystems

·       Achieve a carbon-free future

·       Strengthen Community Resilience

·       Eliminate Waste and Toxics

·       Amplify Community Action

 

The values driving this agenda and all SF Environment initiatives include:

·       Credibility: We are a trusted source of information about environmental challenges, drawing on deep expertise to create solutions that make a measurable difference.

·       Innovation: We experiment and prototype to identify the best solutions to address environmental challenges, setting examples for other cities to follow.

·       Collaboration: We understand that working with a range of partners is critical to our success. We are an engaged member of the San Francisco city family and passionately work with business and community stakeholders to advance shared civic goals.

·       Equity: Our initiatives are underpinned by a commitment to inclusiveness and accessibility, benefit all San Francisco residents and businesses and focus on supporting those communities most in need.

·       Impact: We know that the condition of San Francisco’s environment is critically important to the quality of life of all residents, and our programs clearly demonstrate a resilient environment is possible.

 

In keeping with our values SF Environment is releasing grant funds for non-profit organizations to: 1) administer a rebate/pre-bate program 2) engage and help recruit businesses in Supervisorial Districts 10 and 11, or businesses owned by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color into the Green Business Program. 

 

SF Environment will award three grants:  

·       Green Business Assistance Grant: One (1) two-year grant of up to $60,000 to administer pre-bates/rebates and promote Recognized Green Businesses. $30,000 will be released over fiscal year 2020-21, with an additional $30,000 in fiscal year 2021-22, contingent on performance and budget approval.  

·       Green Business Recruitment Grants: Two (2) one-year grants of up to $10,000 each will be awarded to two community based organizations to engage and recruit businesses in Supervisorial Districts 10 and 11, or businesses anywhere in San Francisco that are owned by Black, Indigenous, or People of Color. Grantees will receive $5,000 for the first 6 months of the project and the remaining $5,000 will be given for the second 6 months, contingent on performance.

 

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

 

Green Business Assistance Grant (1)

The San Francisco Green Business Program is a business assistance and recognition program, managed by SF Environment. It provides access to free city services, resources, and rebates, along with hands-on technical assistance to small and medium-sized local businesses— encouraging them to take proactive measures to green their operations and activities. To be Recognized, businesses complete specific measures relevant to their businesses in areas of water conservation, energy efficiency, pollution prevention, environmental purchasing, and waste reduction. For more information visit https://sfenvironment.org/green-businesses.

 

Last year, the Program launched a “pre-bate” program that pays for materials or services upfront to help businesses achieve Green Business recognition. This upfront support eliminates the logistical and financial burdens of going through a post-purchase rebate. For fiscal years 2020-21 and 2021-22, the SF Green Business Program has $30,000 to be distributed in increments of $500 in the form of pre-bates and rebates to businesses hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and in those communities underrepresented in the program. Priority will be given to businesses in one or more of these categories:

 

·       Businesses in Districts 10 and 11

·       Businesses that are majority-owned by individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color

·       Businesses that have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic,[1],[2] such as food & beverage service, travel/tourism, lodging, arts, entertainment, gyms, and personal care services.

 

The Green Business Program is seeking a non-profit partner (grantee) to purchase materials and/or hire contractors (e.g. lighting and plumbing contractors) to help San Francisco businesses achieve Green Business recognition. The grantee will be responsible for vetting products to ensure they meet Green Business Program requirements as specified by SF Environment. For example, if purchasing cleaning products, the grantee will only purchase items that are Green Seal, Eco-logo, or Safer-Choice certified. The grantee will also process rebates to businesses that have purchased items meeting the requirements of the Green Business Program as of March 16, 2020, when Shelter-In-place took effect. For a full list of program standards, see Office/Retail checklist (Attachment D). The grantee will prioritize buying products from a SF Green Business, however if products/services are not available from a SF Green Business the grantee will purchase from a California Green Business. Lastly the grantee will promote Recognized Green Businesses through social media, or other means to build consumer awareness of businesses Recognized in the Program. 

 

Eligible use of grant funds include: purchase of eligible products from Green Businesses, staff time to vet products to ensure they comply with Green Business standards, staff time to coordinate with businesses on issues with orders/returns and track remaining funding, staff time to coordinate promotion of Recognized Green Businesses, and  purchase of sponsored ads on social media platforms.
 

The proposed Green Business Assistance project proposals should address the following:

1.     History of working with small to medium-sized businesses

2.     Strong familiarity with the Green Business Program and ability to vet products/services to meet standards

3.     History of working with service contractors (e.g. lighting and water fixtures installation contractors)

4.     History of processing a rebate program or similar programs

 

Green Business Recruitment Grants (2)

Since 2006, the San Francisco Green Business Program has worked with small and medium-sized businesses to help them green their operations and receive recognition for their accomplishments. To date, San Francisco is home to 331 Recognized green businesses. 

 

To meet the Green Business Program’s equity and inclusion goals, SF Environment seeks to increase the number of Green Businesses in neighborhoods where numbers are low, particularly Supervisorial Districts 10 and 11 and, the number of minority owned businesses in the Program (may be located anywhere in the City).

 

The Green Business Program is seeking two community based organization (CBO) partners with strong ties to the small business community to conduct outreach and recruitment to businesses in Districts 10 and 11, or businesses owned by Black, Indigenous and People of Color with the goal of recruiting a minimum of 10 businesses into the Program. Activities should include tapping into existing network of business contacts to promote the Green Business Program through webinars, one-on-one calls, and/or other forms of engagement. The grantee will promote the $500 pre-bate and the cost saving opportunities of going green.

 

The proposed Green Business Recruitment project proposals should address:

1.     History working with small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in San Francisco

2.     History of working with businesses owned by Black, Indigenous and People of Color

3.     Dedicated staff person assigned to the project

4.     Strategy to recruit 10 businesses into the SF Green Business Program

 

SFGBP will train grantee/s on program requirements, and incentives. The primary role of the CBOs will be to work with Program staff to recruit businesses and enroll them through the SF Green Business website.

 

GRANT PROCEDURES & GUIDELINES

 

Who can Apply – Only non-profit 501c3 organizations are eligible to apply. 

 

Grant Types and Sizes

 

SF Environment will award three grants:

 

·       Green Business Assistance: One (1) two-year grant of up to $60,000 to administer pre-bates/rebates and promote Recognized Green Businesses. $30,000 will be released for fiscal year 2020-21, with an additional $30,000 in fiscal year 2021-22, contingent on performance and budget approval. 

·       Green Business Recruitment: Two (2) one-year grants of $10,000/each for two community-based organizations to engage and recruit businesses in Supervisor Districts 10 and 11, or businesses anywhere in San Francisco that are owned by Black, Indigenous, or People of Color. Awardees will receive $5,000 for the first 6 months of the project, with an additional $5,000 in the second six months contingent on performance.

 

Non-profits may apply for both funding opportunities but are required to submit two separate proposals.

 

Geographic Focus – City and County of San Francisco.

 

Application Format and submission– Proposals should be no more than 6 pages in length, in 12-point font, with 1-inch margins. Responses to RFP questions must follow the format as it is presented.

 

APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY

FRIDAY,OCTOBER 2ND at 5:00 PM

 

Applications must be emailed as pdf. documents to: [email protected] with “Grants Program” in subject line. Files should be labeled “Name of Applicant.DocumentName”. If an email application is not feasible, contact [email protected].

 

LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED!

 

 

Funding Limitations, Grant Agreement/Contract Requirement, and Payment Process - Before the City can award funding, the grantee must become an approved city vendor and meet Human Rights Commission requirements.  This process should be started as early as possible or risk grant awards delayed.  Required forms may be downloaded from http://www.sfgov.org/oca/purchasing/forms.htm. For more information, please contact 415-252-2500. For insurance requirements and copies of sample insurance certification forms visit

http://sfgov.org/oca/sites/default/files/FileCenter/Documents/729-insurance_requirements.pdf

 

All responses and submittals in response to this RFP are public information and shall be the property of the City and County of San Francisco. The City may use such submissions for any purpose whatsoever, without compensation to the provider or any other person or entity and shall not be liable for any use or disclosure of any submissions.



[1] California Budget and Policy Center. (March, 2020). California Industries Hit Hardest by COVID-19 Economic Shutdown. Retrieved September 1, 2020, from https://calbudgetcenter.org/resources/covid19-industries-hit-hardest/

[2] Yelp. (June, 2020). Local Economic Impact Report.
https://www.yelpeconomicaverage.com/yelp-coronavirus-economic-impact-report.html