2024-29 funding cycle

We announced funding awards for the 2024-2029 Request for Proposals on March 11, 2024.

Grantmaking process

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Step 1: Community Needs Assessment (CNA)

DCYF connects with the City’s children, youth, and families to understand their needs.


Our research consists of:

  • Collecting data 

  • Conducting interviews

  • An equity analysis on low-income neighborhoods and disadvantaged communities

Learn more about our 2022 CNA

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Step 2: Services Allocation Plan (SAP)

The SAP outlines how we'll allocate funds to meet the service needs described in the CNA.


The SAP includes:

  • Goals, priorities, and approaches for funded programs
  • The types of programs DCYF is funding
  • How much money DCYF is allocating to each program type

Learn more about the SAP

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Step 3: Request for Proposals (RFP)

DCYF’s 2024-2029 RFP will award more than $460 million to community-based organizations. 


Programs funded through the RFP receive grants for 5-year terms.


We may also award smaller grants throughout the 5-year cycle.


Learn more about the RFP

DCYF's result areas
  1. All children and youth are supported by nurturing families and communities
  2. All children and youth are physically and emotionally healthy
  3. All children and youth are ready to learn and succeed in school
  4. All youth are ready for college, work, and productive adulthood


In 1991, San Franciscans made a historic commitment to the future of the City: voters approved the Children and Youth Fund. This was the nation’s first dedicated fund for services for children, youth, and families.

Our mandate is to invest the fund in programs and services that achieve our goals.

Every 5 years, we embark on this 3-step planning process. We engage deeply with San Francisco’s communities to realize this vision.