Request for Proposals 203 - Economic Development Grants - Invest in Neighborhoods and Business Development

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.

UPDATE: This bid opportunity is now closed. (9/30/2016 - 5:00PM PDT)

UPDATE: The Q&A Log is now available for download here: RFP 203 Question & Answer Log (Uploaded 9.19.2016)

Through this Request for Proposals (RFP), funding will be made available to organizations for:

Invest in Neighborhoods Projects
Invest in Neighborhoods is designed to provide focused, customized assistance that meets the specific needs of San Francisco’s neighborhood commercial districts by leveraging existing programs from across multiple City departments and nonprofit partners. The initiative is being piloted in 25 commercial districts around the City. These 25 commercial districts have received an initial corridor assessment conducted by City agencies and community partners, a point person at City Hall to respond to community inquiries and ensure the deployment of services in the district, an opportunity to apply for small project grants from OEWD, and access to a range of other services aimed at strengthening neighborhood commercial corridors. 

Business Development - Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative
The underlying objective of the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative is to ensure access to quality of life resources as well as education, health and human services to residents of San Francisco. Additionally, this investment is intended to support and stabilize nonprofit businesses, which are a vital economic force in San Francisco, by helping them activate underutilized space, evaluate real estate opportunities and secure permanent affordable space.

The specific services being solicited are outlined in Section II of the RFP.

Download the FULL RFP for more information

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: Friday, September 2, 2016
RFP Information Session/Bidder's Conference 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 1:00PM-2:00PM (see info below this chart) 

Deadline for submission of written questions to Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 12PM

Answers to questions posted online:

Monday, September 19, 2016 by 5PM
Proposals due: Friday, September 30, 2016 by 5:00PM
Committee Review: October 5-24, 2016
Grantee Selection and award notification: Late October 2016
Projects begin: Early November 2016 or later










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


Information Session/Bidder's Conference

OEWD staff presented on the RFP framework at a bidder's conference webinar on:

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The PowerPoint presentation is now available for download here: RFP 203 Bidder's Conference Presentation (PPT)

Questions and Answers

The answers to all questions asked during the bidder's conference and via the email address by the posted deadline are now available for download here: RFP 203 Question & Answer Log (Uploaded 9.19.2016)


Document Downloads

Full RFP 203

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

Appendix B: Proposal Budget Template

Appendix C: Proposal Application for RFP 203

Appendix D: Staffing and Board Chart

Appendix E: Submission Authorization Form

Appendix F: Table of Client Activities and Outcomes (Area CC)

Appendix F: Table of Client Activities and Outcomes (Area DD)

Appendix F: Table of Client Activities and Outcomes (Area EE)

Bidder's Conference Overview

RFP 203 Bidder's Conference Presentation (PPT)

RFP 203 Question & Answer Log (Uploaded 9.19.2016)

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.