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Urban Watershed Stewardship Grants

Our Urban Watershed Management Program has partnered with the City’s Community Challenge Grant Program (CCG) to offer grants for community-based projects which help manage stormwater using ecologically based strategies known as green infrastructure. The grants are based on the idea that small actions by community members can add up to large benefits for San Francisco's watersheds and sewer infrastructure.

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Plant*SF 5th Avenue project: Before Plant*SF 5th Avenue project: After

Grants Support Green Infrastructure

The grants support the planning, design, and construction of green stormwater management facilities. Projects harvest and use rainwater, remove impervious surfaces, or implement other green infrastructure like bioswales and rain gardens. In addition to managing stormwater, projects beautify neighborhoods, provide recreational opportunities, and educate residents about the city’s water and wastewater systems.

20th  and Alabama plantingWho is eligible?
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Community groups
  • Merchant associations
  • Community benefit district organizations 


Funds are awarded at two levels
 

  Medium Projects Large Projects
Award Size  $15,000 - $40,000  $40,001 - $100,000 
Project Duration  9 -12 months  12 - 18 months 
Match Requirements  35% match  25% match and demonstrated history of successful project implementation 

What can funds be used for?

  • Rainwater harvesting systems
  • Impervious surface removal
  • Green stormwater infrastructure (ie: rain gardens, permeable pavement, etc.)
  • Use of native and drought tolerate plant palette in project design

Application Guidelines

The next Urban Watershed Stewardship Grant cycle will open February 2018. The WSG Application and Guidelines can be found on the City’s Community Challenge Grant website under the "Documents" tab. If you have questions about the Watershed Stewardship Grant Program, please contact Polly Perkins.

Watershed Stewardship Grant Winners

See and enlarged map of our grant winners.

Check out our informational brochures

  • Urban Watershed Stewardship Grants
  • Urban Watershed Stewardship Grants for Schools

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