Grants and Contracts

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 RFPs/RFIs/RFQs 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. Click here for sample city contracts.

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Current Requests for Proposals (RFPs), Requests for Information (RFIs), and Request for Qualifications (RFQs)


Toxics Reduction and District 5 Community Zero Waste Grant Projects

In keeping with our values, SF Environment is releasing grant funds for community-based organizations engaged in activities that will help the city achieve its environmental goals. Our Zero Waste and Toxics Reduction and Healthy Ecosystems programs work together to reduce toxics and waste going into San Francisco’s waste stream through a range of programs such as recycling of products like batteries and compact fluorescent light bulbs.  SF Environment will award: 

  • A total of $65,000 for one or more one-year projects that directly reduce San Franciscans’ exposure to toxic chemicals and/or demonstrate safer alternatives to toxic products for use in San Francisco
  • A total of $100,000 over two years for one project that supports Community Zero Waste projects in District 5's Western Addition neighborhood


Click here for sample city grant agreements. 

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. See Current SF Carbon Fund RFP and San Francisco Carbon Fund Request for Proposals for Low Carbon Congregations.

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. Learn more about Zero Waste Grants  and the work of 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)