Request for Proposals 205 - Invest in Neighborhoods, Business Development, Economic Development and Workforce Development Grants

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) supports the City’s economic vitality through key programs focused on neighborhood commercial corridors, workforce development, joint development projects, industry-focused business recruitment and retention, small business assistance and international business development. OEWD’s goal is to work continually to make San Francisco a better place to live, work and do business.

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development ("OEWD") is issuing this Request for Proposals ("RFP") for grants to strengthen neighborhood commercial districts by implementing neighborhood improvement projects, providing a variety of technical services related to neighborhood economic development, providing workforce development services through the CityBuild initiative, and providing services through local and international business development initiatives. OEWD has allocated resources to make grants in many different program areas (detailed in the RFP).

Unless otherwise noted in the program area descriptions, it is anticipated that successful proposals for most program areas will be funded for a term of one year beginning in fiscal year 2017-2018 with opportunities to renew or extend programming through fiscal year 2020-2021, subject to OEWD approval and funding appropriation.

Any additional information, updates, or changes to the content of the RFP will be posted at this website. If you are interested in applying, please review this site periodically to check for more information.


Key Dates
The anticipated* schedule for awarding grants is:

Proposal Phase  Date/Time
RFP is issued by the City  Monday, April 17, 2017
Deadline for submission of written questions  Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Noon
Answers to questions posted online  Friday, April 28, 2017 by end of day
Proposals due  Thursday, May 18, 2017 by 5PM
Committee Review  May 24-June 22, 2017
Grantee selection and award notification  late June 2017
Projects begin  July 1, 2017 or later






*Each date above is subject to change. Check this website frequently for latest schedule.

Questions and Answers

The answers to all questions submitted via email to by the posted deadline will be available for download below in the Document Download section.

Document Downloads

Full RFP 205

Appendix A: Sample Agreement for Grant (Form G-100)

Appendix B: Proposal Budget Template

Appendix C: Proposal Application for RFP 205

Appendix D: Staffing and Board Composition Chart

Appendix E: Submission Authorization Form

RFP 205 Q&A Log

Any additional documents will be uploaded in this section, so please check back frequently for updates.

Requests for Reasonable Accommodations

If you would like to request any of the above documents in an alternative format, please email or visit the Office of Economic and Workforce Development at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 between 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday.