Request for Proposals 208 - 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 Information and Communications Technology (ICT/”TechSF”) programs, and providing consulting services to target sectors through a variety of 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 or fiscal year 2018-19 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, January 25, 2018
Deadline for submission of written questions Monday, February 5, 2018 at 12pm
Answers to questions posted online Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by end of day
Proposals due Monday, February 26, 2018 by 5pm
Committee Review early March 2018
Grantee selection and award notification mid-March 2018; target March 26, 2018
Projects begin April 2018 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.
*2/7/2018 at 6:08PM* The full Question and Answer (Q&A) log is now posted in Document Downloads, below.
*4/19/2018 at 10:45AM* OEWD has delayed recommendations for program areas CC, DD, EE and FF until May 2018. All other program areas have been awarded. 
Document Downloads
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.