SGP Application Guidelines

Grant Requirements

Applications are accepted on a quarterly basis. Submission deadlines are:

August 31st, 2023
November 30th, 2023
February 28th, 2024

All applicants must submit their application and project budget through Submittable. If approved, the grantee applicant will be notified of funding within 30 days of the submission deadline. Grant awards may take up to 6 weeks to process. Please plan the start of your program at least 2 months after the submission deadline to allow for the interview process, funding decisions, and fund processing.

Grant amount will not exceed $10,000 and amount awarded will be determined by a panel application review and interview process based on funds available. The project must be completed within one year of receiving the grant. Project timelines may be shorter depending on the project proposal.

Applicants may be awarded up to two grants per fiscal year for separate, unrelated projects. Applicants can only have one active grant at a time. No concurrent funding is allowed.

During the grant period, you will be asked to participate in a conversational check-in with the San Francisco Foundation to learn more about your program accomplishments. Grantees are required to provide photo and/or video documentation of the project, as well as the completion of a final survey report.

Basic Eligibility

Project must serve at least one HOPE SF community. Funds will not be awarded for activities that do not directly serve at least one HOPE SF community.

Project must have a focus on one or more of the HOPE SF funding categories:

  • Inclusive Community: Submit proposals that support HOPE SF residents, especially the original public housing residents, to become stably housed in high-quality homes. This category also includes ideas that create space for residents to have freedom of expression through art and culture.
  • Wellness and Healing: Submit proposals focused on improving the quality of life for residents. This category ensures that residents are healthy in mind and body, and they thrive in a safe and healthy environment where they are seen, respected, valued, and have a sense of belonging.
  • Community Education: Submit proposals that promote quality education for all—inside and outside of school (such as after school, summer school, recreational activities, etc.). This category ensures that HOPE SF children and youth (up to 24 years of age) are growing academically and receiving training that help them build viable career skills.
  • Resident Leadership and Youth Development: Submit proposals that engage youth and adult residents through organizing, leadership development, and community building.
  • Economic Advancement: Submit proposals that increase opportunities for residents to grow their income and wealth building. Examples include financial management, insurance, real estate, job training, cooperative economics and investment learning opportunities.

Applicants must be a 501(c) (3) organization, or a project fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization. Resident-led projects are highly encouraged. Please refer to the FAQ for more information on fiscal sponsors.

Priority Will Be Given To

Resident-led organizations or projects.

Organizations and fiscal sponsors with organizational budgets less than $500,000.

Organizations or resident-led projects that are new to HOPE SF Small Grants Program.

Fiscal Sponsors new to the Hope SF Small Grants Program and those only requiring a 5% fiscal sponsorship fee.