Grants and Contracts

SF Environment works with a range of contractors and grantees to help achieve our environmental goals. Over the past eleven years, we have provided approximately $23 million in grant funding to local non-profits and invested more than $45 million in local businesses and organizations for environmental services.

SF Environment issues Requests for Proposals (RFP) to secure technical support and award grants.


SF Environment uses a competitive bidding process to award contracts to businesses and organizations for technical support services for a wide array of environmental needs. We may occasionally issue a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to identify companies that are technically qualified to provide a specific service.

Current Request for Proposals (RFPs)

Used Oil Community Mural in Bayview Hunters Point

Due November 17, 2014, 4:00 PM to 1455 Market 12th floor


The Toxics Reduction and Environmental Justice Programs of the Department of the Environment are jointly administering CalRecycles funding to promote the appropriate disposal of used oil. The Programs are seeking a local organization to manage the creation of an environmentally-themed mural with messaging around appropriate used oil disposal and related community outreach. 

San Francisco Department of the Environment RFP - Online and Mobile Communication Tools RFP - Due October 7, 2014


SF Environment is looking for contractors and subcontractors to aid in our outreach efforts online. Online platforms are particularly important to our outreach efforts because they allow us to communicate at varying levels of depth, in a variety of languages, and manifesting our zero waste principles. Applicants should have experience in web development, mobile development, system administration, design, and database design/development.

San Francisco Department of the Environment RFP - Organizational and Change Management Assessment Services - Due September 29, 2014, 5:00 PM


SF Environment is seeking a contractor to provide professional assistance to the Director by evaluating the organizational structure for these program areas and identifying potential organizational changes that will maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the employees working on these program areas.

San Francisco Department of the Environment RFP - Multiple Community Projects - Due September 17, 2014, 5:00 PM


The San Francisco Department of the Environment is seeking San Francisco-based community organizations for four projects.


The San Francisco Carbon Fund

Since July 2009, the City and County of San Francisco has levied an innovative carbon fee on municipal airline travel to support the San Francisco Carbon Fund (SF Carbon Fund), which funds local projects that mitigate carbon emissions. The SF Carbon Fund awards grants and contracts to businesses, community-based organizations and schools for local projects that mitigate carbon and ultimately improve San Francisco’s natural infrastructure and enhance the quality of the living environment. In prior funding cycles the SF Carbon Fund has made awards for biodiesel and urban forest pilot projects. Learn more about the San Francsico Carbon Fund and the work of our grant recipients. The next RFP will be issued at the end of 2014.
Reference: 2013 San Francisco Carbon Fund RFP Description

Zero Waste Grant Program

The Zero Waste Program awards funding to non-profit organizations (registered with the IRS as 501(C)3 organizations) whose work in reuse, recycling, and composting helps San Francisco reach its goal of zero waste by 2020. The next Request for Proposals will be issued at the end of 2014, with funded projects beginning in July 2015. Learn more about the Zero Waste Program and the work of our current grant recipients.
Reference: 2013 Zero Waste RFP Description

Environmental Justice

Since 2001, the Environmental Justice Program has supported non-profit organizations (registered with the IRS as 501(C)3 organizations) serving the Bayview Hunters Point and Potrero Hill neighborhoods—two areas that have historically been burdened by pollution—to help them become healthier, more sustainable communities. Projects have included solar installations on low-income homes, urban agriculture and healthy food initiatives, green job training, and many others. While the bulk of grantmaking ended in 2011, the Environmental Justice Program periodically releases RFP's from grants it receives from outside organizations such the US EPA. Learn more about the Environmental Justice Program and the work of our grant recipients.

Sample City Contact & Grant Agreement

Other City and County of San Francisco grant and contract opportunities (not a definitive list)