Request for Proposals 217


The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) is issuing this Request for Proposals (RFP) #217 - Economic Development Ambassador Grants to provide targeted investments that aim to address economic recovery priorities in the Mid-Market/Tenderloin and downtown neighborhoods. This RFP includes a total of $12 million in grant funds in two program areas, and resulting grants will be managed by OEWD's Invest In Neighborhoods (IIN) division.

Unless otherwise indicated in the program descriptions, successful proposals will be funded for a term of one (1) year, beginning in fiscal year 2021-2022, with options 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 #217 Issued

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Deadline for Written Questions

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 5:00 PM

Answers to Written Questions Posted Online

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 by end of day

Proposals Due

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 by 5:00 PM

Committee Review

Late June 2021

Award Notification

Anticipated June 30, 2021

Protest Period ends

5 business days following Award Notification

Projects Begin

July 2021 or later




The deadline to submit substantive questions is Tuesday, June 15, 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 B, would OEWD be interested in funding proposals for outreach activities?" However, you may continue to submit technical questions (e.g. "How do I complete the application?") to 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 by the deadline will be available for download in the Documents section below.





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


  • June 16, 2021 at 9:43A.M. - A log containing all questions asked by the Q&A deadline has been posted under "Documents", below.



Request for Proposals (RFP) #217

Appendix A: Application Template - Request for Proposals 217- Prepare your narrative response on this template and submit it with your application

Appendix B: Proposal Budget Template - Prepare your project budget on this template 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

RFP 217 Question and Answer Log - Posted 6.16.2021


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  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 Economic Recovery Task Force Report