RFP 216


The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) is issuing this Request for Proposals (RFP) #216 - Dream Keeper Initiative - African American Economic Development Investment as part of a larger economic development plan focused on delivering services and funding in key areas to improve economic development outcomes for African American businesses, entrepreneurs and wider communities in San Francisco. This RFP includes a total of $3.75 million in investments, and resulting grants will be managed by OEWD's Invest In Neighborhoods (IIN) division.

Investments in this RFP focus on starting, staying and growing African American small businesses and supporting entrepreneurs in San Francisco by:

Providing training and technical assistance to guide businesses toward growth,

Providing relief and supporting recovery from impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,

Stabilizing African American community anchors in neighborhood spaces, and

Celebrating the presence and contributions of historically African American neighborhoods to drive economic development.


Unless otherwise indicated in the program descriptions, successful proposals will be funded for a term of one (1) year, beginning in fiscal year 2020-2021, with opportunities to renew or extend programming through fiscal year 2024-2025, subject to OEWD approval and funding appropriation.




The anticipated schedule for this RFP is below. Please check this page frequently for updates as the schedule is subject to change. 




RFP #216 Issued

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Bidders Conference

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Monday, March 15, 2021
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Deadline for Written Questions

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Friday, March 19, 2021 at 5:00 PM

Answers to Written Questions Posted Online

First posting: Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 8:40 P.M.

Final posting: Friday, March 26, 2021 by end of day

Proposals Due

Friday, April 2, 2021 by 5:00 PM

Committee Review

Early April 2021

Award Notification

Anticipated April 15, 2021

Protest Period ends

5 business days following Award Notification

Projects Begin

June 2021 or later



To meet equity objectives and to increase transparency and accessibility, OEWD will be holding a bidders conference. While attendance is not a prerequisite to apply, interested applicants are encouraged to attend. The Bidders Conference will be an opportunity to determine the eligibility of proposed projects as well as to receive technical assistance on submitting a proposal. Additionally, staff will be on-hand to assist with questions related to navigating the City Supplier (vendor) process.

Date:  Monday, March 15, 2021
Time:  3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location:  Online

Click the button below to register for the Bidders Conference:

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You will receive an email confirming your registration, along with important instructions on how to access the event


The Bidders Conference begins on Monday, March 15, 2021 at 3:30 P.M.

To join, click on the direct link to the Zoom meeting found in your confirmation email. 


You may register at any time, even after the Bidders Conference is in progress. If you have any problems, please contact oewd.procurement@sfgov.org and our team will assist you.

A log of all questions asked by the Question and Answer deadline, will be posted under Documents, below. Purely technical questions regarding how to navigate the RFP or fill out application materials will be answered until the Proposal Submission Deadline on April 2, 2021 at 5:00 PM.


The Bidders Conference will be fully accessible to attendees requiring hearing, vision and mobility accommodations.


You may submit "substantive questions" until Friday, March 19, 2021 at 5:00 PM. Substantive questions are questions that seek to clarify expectations about specific program areas or administrative processes, for example, "Under program area C, would OEWD be interested in funding proposals for outreach activities?" Substantive questions may be asked at the Bidders Conference or submitted online by clicking the button below.

Click the button below to submit a question online:

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The deadline to submit substantive questions is Friday, March 19, 2021 at 5:00 PM. However, you may continue to submit technical questions (e.g. "How do I complete the application?") to oewd.procurement@sfgov.org and we will respond as soon as possible.


To ensure full transparency and the opportunity for all applicants to benefit from Departmental guidance, questions should only be submitted in writing. The answers to all questions asked and answered at the Bidders Conference or submitted online will be available for download in the Documents section below.



Applications will be accepted online, and all elements of the proposal package must be submitted by the application deadline. Please review the Proposal Package Checklist (found in Appendix A as well as the RFP) to confirm all required questions and attachments. When you are ready to submit your application, click on the following link:

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All updates to the RFP will be posted in this section with a date/time stamp indicating when the update occurred. Any questions regarding updates should be directed to oewd.procurement@sfgov.org.


  • March 26, 2021 at 6:32 P.M. - The final posting of the RFP 216 Question and Answer (Q&A) log is posted under Documents, below.
  • March 26, 2021 at 11:25 A.M. - The RFP schedule (above) has been updated to reflect a new posting date for the final RFP 216 Q&A log. The log will be posted by end of business today, March 26, 2021.
  • March 23, 2021 at 8:40 P.M. - The initial posting of the RFP 216 Question and Answer (Q&A) log is posted under Documents, below. An updated log will be posted by Thursday, March 25, 2021 by end of business, containing responses to all questions asked by the deadline. The RFP schedule (above) has been updated to reflect this change.
  • March 15, 2021 at 9:00 P.M. - The PowerPoint (PPT) presentation from the RFP 216 Bidders Conference has been posted under Documents, below.
  • March 12, 2021 at 8:30 P.M. - The RFP 216 online application is now live! Please click "Apply", above, to access the application. Additionally, a revised version of Appendix A (Application Questions) has been uploaded below. The updated Appendix A includes an additional unscored question in Section 5, requesting information about capacity building needs.



Request for Proposals (RFP) #216

Appendix A: Application Questions - Request for Proposals 216 - Updated 3.12.21 - For reference only

Appendix B: Proposal Budget Template - Prepare your project budget on this template; upload and submit it with your application

Appendix C: City Grant Terms (Form G-100) - For reference only

Appendix D: Applicant Requirements and Guidelines - For reference only

Appendix E: Supplier Registration Instructions - For reference only

Slide Presentation - Request for Proposals (RFP) #216 Bidders Conference (3/15/2021)

RFP 216 Q&A Log - posted 3/26/2021

Any additional documents will be uploaded in this section, please check back frequently for updates. If you would like to request any of the above documents in an alternative format, please email oewd.procurement@sfgov.org.  The email address is monitored between 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays.



Invest in Neighborhoods (IIN) Programs

San Francisco Supplier Portal

San Francisco Office of Racial Equity

San Francisco Economic Recovery Task Force Report

San Francisco Dream Keeper Initiative