Grantmaking at The San Francisco Foundation is strategic and responsive to the changing needs of the Bay Area. We partner with nonprofit organizations and city departments to expand opportunity in the Bay Area and make a greater impact, together.

We support the Bay Area region through grants in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties. Our approach to grantmaking values the inherent strengths of local residents and their communities and looks for systemic solutions. The Foundation serves communities traditionally excluded from positions of power and access to resources. We invest in the region’s anchor organizations as well as supporting and building on innovative new efforts.

TSFF Engaging in Regional Equity Agenda

Currently, the Foundation is engaged in strategic planning related to how best to engage in a regional equity agenda aimed at expanding racial and economic inclusion across the Bay Area. To this end, we’re engaged in conversations and consultations and doing extensive review and analysis of data. We hope to launch our equity strategy – including defined grantmaking strategies – in the spring of 2016.

Given this work, we will not have a Responsive grantmaking cycle in 2016. Instead, we will be making transition grants to organizations with whom we have an existing relationship or a longstanding commitment. Early in 2016, we will notify grantees whether they are receiving a core support grant.

Existing Applications

The San Francisco Foundation has a variety of special projects, mini-grant programs, and initiatives that may issue Requests for Proposals (RFPs) or invite proposals at different times of the year. These grantmaking efforts are narrowly tailored to address a particular issue or geographic area. RFPs are released and publicized periodically through our website and through targeted communications.