Enriching San Francisco's Neighborhoods through
Community-led improvements for nearly 30 years!
Since 1991, the Community Challenge Grant/Neighborhood Beautification Fund of the City and County of San Francisco has partnered with hundreds of community organizations to implement small to medium scale improvements throughout San Francisco's neighborhoods. The program proudly provides public funding for community-led transformation efforts that enhance beauty, facilitate community participation and stewardship, and strengthen neighborhoods.
ESTABLISHED BY VOTERS
Identifying a need to enrich neighborhoods through community action, an initiative measure was presented to San Francisco voters and approved in 1991, creating the Neighborhood Beautification and Graffiti Clean-Up Fund, which is known today as The Community Challenge Grant Program (CCG). In addition to authorizing the program, the initiative established voluntary tax elections to provide a source of revenue for grants. The CCG, which operates as a Division of The City Administrator's Office, continues to rely on annual, voluntary tax elections to support community projects throughout San Francisco.
ACTIVATING COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP FOR BEAUTIFICATION
The CCG provides grant funding for projects that directly engage residents and businesses in creating urban greening and agriculture, community gathering spaces, streetscape enhancements, public art, beautification, and other amenities in their communities. In addition to financial support, the CCG also provides technical assistance and coaching to help implement these projects and intiatives. In recent years, the CCG has developed partnership programs with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and San Francisco Planning Commission to create new grant opportunities, revise program Guidelines to reflect the changing needs of San Francisco's communities, and expand outreach and engagement campaigns to encourage participation in undeserved and under-resourced communities.