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Community Challenge Grant Program


Community Challenge Grant Program Announces Changes to the 2014 Grant Cycle

The Community Challenge Grant Program (CCG), formerly known as the Neighborhood Beautification Fund, provides matching grants to local residents, businesses, non-profits and other community groups to make physical improvements to their neighborhoods. The CCG focuses on projects that directly engage residents and businesses in working together to create green spaces, gathering places, public art, and other neighborhood amenities. The program provides an important tool for enabling communities to take the lead in conducting small-scale improvements in their own communities.

2013 has been a very active year for the Community Challenge Grant Program (CCG). We are excited to announce that CCG will make available more grant opportunities through our application process to neighborhood groups and community based organizations facilitating neighborhood beautification projects. Through our new pilot partnership with San Francisco Planning Department and continued collaboration with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, additional funding will be available for new project areas to create healthier, vibrant neighborhoods.

During the winter break, we have launched a review of our grant making and programming strategies to ensure that the Grant program is continuing to address the needs of San Francisco’s neighborhoods.

Given the importance and breadth of this work, we have decided to suspend this year’s spring 2014 competitive grant process. We do not do this lightly and regret any difficulties this may present to our nonprofit partners. Our goal is to ensure that we continue to raise and deploy resources to best address the needs of San Francisco’s communities well into the future. We will continue to work together with all to build an even stronger culture of giving and service to our city.

Beginning in 2014, applications will be available August 25, 2014 with completed applications due September 29, 2014. The schedule change does not change the size of awards granted, however it increases the number of applicants that will receive funding. The change will allow for more effective collaboration that will allow CCG to provide greater support to community partners. 

New CCG Schedule and Timeline:
August 25  Grant Cycle Opens (Applications Available)
September 29  Grant Cycle Closes
October - November  CCGAC Advisory Board Review
Mid-December   Award Announcements
Last updated: 7/15/2014 4:51:15 PM