San Francisco, CA – Mayor London N. Breed today announced the availability of $2 million in grant funding through the San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment) for projects supporting San Francisco’s Climate Action Plan and its vision for achieving net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2040. The award is the first coordinated package of climate grants from the department and makes San Francisco one of the first cities in the nation to offer grants that increase community capacity and participation in building electrification. 

“We must partner with and invest in our communities to meet our city’s bold climate goals,” said Mayor Breed. “By focusing our climate grants towards communities with worsening pollution conditions, we meet our Climate Action Plan’s values of ensuring that a low-carbon and healthy future is equitable and accessible to all San Franciscans.” 

SF Environment will award grants in seven categories that support implementation of the City’s climate action plan to reduce greenhouse emissions related to buildings and waste, sequester emissions through community greening and compost application, reduce the level of toxics in the environment, and engage youth, residents and businesses. 

San Francisco has made great progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meeting its targets. As of 2019, San Francisco reduced greenhouse gas emissions 41% below 1990 levels. 

Available San Francisco Environment Department Grant Categories: 

  • Category 1 Environmental Justice/Building Decarbonization: a total of $450,000 for increasing the capacity of community-based organizations to participate in building electrification. 
  • Category 2 Zero Waste/SB-1383 Procuring Compost for Agriculture: a total of $500,000 to procure compost and support small local farmers by providing them with compost and/or mulch to support healthy farming practices and maximize their soil’s ability to sequester carbon. 
  • Category 3 Zero Waste/SB-1383 Urban Compost Activation: a total of $130,000 to promote compost use within San Francisco through community-based outreach, education, and compost giveaway events. 
  • Category 4 Zero Waste/General: a total of $720,000 for projects that moves San Francisco toward its ambitious zero waste goals. 
  • Category 5 Pollution Prevention: a total of $75,000 for projects that reduce San Franciscans exposures to toxic chemicals. 
  • Category 6 Community Greening: a total of $100,000 for community greening. 
  • Category 7 Youth Education: a total of $25,000 for projects that provide youth education and development on zero waste and its connection to climate change. 

“Equitable climate action provides a variety of co-benefits for our San Francisco communities,” said Tyrone Jue, Acting Director for SF Environment. “It improves health outcomes, creates green jobs, provides food resources to those in need, and strengthens neighborhood resiliency.” 

The source of grant funding is provided from SF Environment’s allocated budget, and through a grant awarded to the department by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to expand local food recovery and composting. SF Environment will be accepting grant proposals through Thursday, November 17, 2022. To learn more, attend informational workshops, and submit an application, please visit SF Environment grants



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