Request for Proposals 206 - 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 & 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 Hospitality Sector Academy and Job Readiness Services (JRS), providing support to our non-profit partners, and providing services through local business development initiatives. OEWD has allocated resources to make grants in many different program areas (detailed in section II of the RFP). 

Unless otherwise noted in the program descriptions, it is anticipated that successful proposals for most program areas will be funded for a term of one year beginning in fiscal year 2017-18 with opportunities to renew or extend programming through fiscal year 2021-2022, 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  Thursday, September 21, 2017
Deadline for submission of written questions  Wednesday, September 27 at 5PM
Answers to questions posted online  Monday, October 2 by end of day
Proposals due  Thursday, October 12, 2017 by 5PM
Committee Review  early November 2017
Grantee selection and award notification  mid November 2017; target November 16
Projects begin  December 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 Downloads section.

*Update - 10/2/2017 at 5:29 PM* The full Question and Answer (Q&A) log is now posted in Document Downloads, below.

*Update - 10/12/2017 at 5:00 PM* This submission deadline for this bid opportunity has now passed.

*Update - 11/16/2017 at 1:40 PM* Please be advised that the Department is delaying recommendations for program areas B (Chinatown Customer Attraction Projects) and H (Portola Chinese Language Merchant Engagement). Awards are anticipated to be announced for these two program areas in January 2018.

Document Downloads

Full RFP 206

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

Appendix B: Proposal Budget Template

Appendix C: Proposal Application for RFP 206

Appendix D: Staffing and Board Composition Chart

Appendix E: Submission Authorization Form

RFP 206 Q&A Log (posted 10/2/2017 at 5:29 PM)

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.