Request for Proposals 209 - Invest in Neighborhoods, Business Development, Economic Development and Workforce Development Grants

The City and County of San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) supports the City's ongoing economic and cultural vitality through key programs focused on neighborhood commercial corridors, small business assistance, industry focused business recruitment and retention, international business development, joint development projects, and workforce development. OEWD’s goal is to work continually, across industries and programs, together with diverse community stakeholders, to make San Francisco a better place to live, work, visit and do business.  OEWD seeks to support the economic and community vitality of the City and to create equitable pathways for good paying jobs so that all San Franciscans may fulfill their deepest aspirations and benefit from the economic prosperity of our City. The funding in this Request for Proposals (RFP) touches nearly every aspect of San Francisco's diverse economy, with a focus on advancing equity and shared prosperity for all residents.

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development ("OEWD") is issuing this Request for Proposals ("RFP) for grants to strengthen neighborhood commercial districts by expanding and sustaining services that ensure the vitality of San Francisco’s commercial areas, Community Benefit Districts, cultural districts and public spaces; to increase support for community engagement across neighborhoods; to expand services under three existing Workforce Development service areas and two sector workforce program pilots, and to further our support of vulnerable communities increasing access to healthy food for seniors and underserved neighborhoods. In total, OEWD has allocated resources to make grants in 22 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 2018-19 with opportunities to renew or extend programming through fiscal year 2022-2023, subject to OEWD approval and funding appropriation.
Any additional information, updates, or changes to the schedule or 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 Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Bidders Conference Thursday, September 13, 2018 (please note revised time and location, below)
Deadline for submission of written questions Friday, September 14, 2018 by 5PM
Answers to questions posted online Monday, September 17, 2018
Proposals Due Friday, September 28, 2018 by 5PM
Committee Review October 2018
Grantee selection and award notification target November 13, 2018
Projects begin December 2018 or later





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

Bidders Conference
To meet equity objectives, 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 completing the required elements of the proposal packet. Additionally, staff will be on-hand to assist with questions related to navigating the City Supplier (vendor) process. The Bidders Conference will take place:
Date:  Thursday, September 13, 2018
Time:  1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location:  1 South Van Ness Avenue, 2nd Floor - Atrium
                  San Francisco, CA 94103
All substantive questions asked and answered at the Bidders Conference will be transcribed and included in the final Q&A log, to be posted to this website under Document Downloads (below) by end of business Monday, September 17, 2018.
The Bidders Conference will be fully accessible to attendees requiring hearing, vision and mobility accommodations. If you have a specific accommodation request, you are encouraged to contact the Department by Monday, September 10 at or (415) 701-4848 to provide adequate time to secure resources.
Questions and Answers
Questions may be asked in person at the Bidders Conference or submitted in writing to To ensure full transparency and the opportunity for all applicants to benefit from Departmental guidance, questions should only be submitted via one of these two forums. The answers to all questions asked and answered at the Bidders Conference and submitted via email to by the posted deadline will be available for download in the Document Downloads section, below.
All updates to the RFP will be posted in this section with a date/time stamp indicating when the update occured. Any questions regarding updates should be directed to or (415) 701-4848.
  • 9/5/2018 at 4:29 PM - A new version of Appendix C - Application: Request for Proposals 209 was uploaded to Document Downloads, correcting the Q&A submission deadline from 12:00pm to 5:00pm (page 2, under "Application Details and Instructions - Questions").
  • 9/10/2018 at 2:33 PM - A new version of RFP 209 has been uploaded to reflect the new time and location of the BIdders Conference, which will now take place at One South Van Ness Ave, 2nd Floor Atrium, San Francisco, CA. The time will now be 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM.
  • 9/14/2018 at 4:16 PM - The following handouts from the RFP 209 Bidders Conference (September 13, 2018) were uploaded below: Presentation Slides, Program Areas Table, and 12B At A Glance (CMD Compliance)
  • 9/17/2018 at 5:01 PM - The full Question and Answer log has been uploaded under Document Downloads, below.
  • 9/28/2018 at 5:00 PM - The proposal submission deadline for RFP 209 has now passed. The review process will begin shortly, and OEWD will be in touch with all applicants via email when award determinations are made. Any updates to the award schedule will be posted on this website (
  • 10/17/2018 at 8:20 PM - The RFP schedule was updated to change the "Grantee selection and award notification" date. Notification letters are now anticipated to be sent to all applicants during the week of November 5, 2018.
  • 11/9/2018 at 3:17 PM - The RFP schedule was updated to change the "Grantee selection and award notification" date. Notification letters are now anticipated to be sent to all applicants on November 13, 2018.
  • 11/13/2018 at 5:09 PM - The Department has delayed recommendations for Program Area C - Community Benefit District/Business Improvement District Organizational Support. OEWD anticipates sending out notifications for this program area in January 2019.
  • 3/29/2019 at 2:35 PM - OEWD has reallocated funds and at this time no longer has funds available to support activities outlined in RFP 209 Area C.
Document Downloads
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 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, excluding federal holidays.