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.
|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.
Who is eligible?
- Nonprofit organizations
- Community groups
- Merchant associations
- Community benefit district organizations
Funds are awarded at two levels
||$15,000 - $40,000
||$40,001 - $100,000
||9 -12 months
||12 - 18 months
||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
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
Environmental Justice (EJ) Area Map