• RFP and RFQ Issued: Tuesday, February 18, 2020

  • Question Submission Period: Tuesday, February 18 through Friday, February 28, 2020 at 5pm

  • Proposals Due: Monday, March 30, 2020 at 5pm (Please note deadline has been extended from original date of March 16 to March 30)

  • Award Decision Finalized: Friday, June 5, 2020 (Please note announcement date has been extended from original date of Friday, May 22, 2020) Click here to review Funding Awards and Scoring and Deliberation Process.

  • Appeals Submission Process and Deadline: Friday, June 12, 2020, 5PM Agencies not awarded funds through this RFP and RFQ can file a formal appeal with DCYF. The appeal period begins immediately following the award announcement (tentatively scheduled for Friday, May 29th, 2020 Friday June 5th, 2020), and ends on Friday, June 5th 2020 Friday June 12th, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Appeals will only be accepted in writing and may be submitted either electronically by email to or via hard copy to the DCYF office prior to the end of the appeal period. Read more.


All applications in response to this RFP and RFQ must be submitted using DCYF’s online application system. The deadline to apply has been extended to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 30th, 2020. Proposals will not be accepted after this deadline.


DCYF is committed to providing as much clarity as possible during this RFP and RFQ process. All questions about the RFP must be submitted in writing to by Friday, February 28th, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. DCYF staff will only answer questions emailed during the question submission period.

To ensure that all applicants have access to both the submitted questions and their corresponding answers DCYF will publish all received questions and answers by Wednesday March 4th, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. at


DCYF will not hold a Pre-Proposal Conference for this RFP and RFQ. All information needed to apply for funding under this RFP and RFQ is contained within this document. DCYF encourages potential applicants to read the RFP and RFQ document carefully and to submit questions during the question submission period detailed above. DCYF will respond to all questions submitted about this RFP and RFQ and will post those responses on our website no later than Wednesday March 4th, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

FY2019-2020 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS And Qualifications

Family Empowerment Initiative: Pacific Islander Collaborative; Out of School Time (OST) Beacon Community School: Bessie Carmichael School and Comprehensive Year-Round and Summer Learning: SOMA Community Based Services; and Innovation Start Up

On February 18, 2020 DCYF released the  FY19/20 Request for Proposals and Qualifications. Grants awarded through the RFP will fund programming in three Service Areas:

  • The Family Empowerment Service Area includes a range of programming that is intended to create multiple pathways for families and caregivers to access support services. Family Empowerment programs support parents and caregivers in their efforts to advocate on behalf of their families, learn about their children’s social emotional development, access supports to meet basic needs and build community with other parents and caregivers. The Family Empowerment Service Area includes DCYF’s Community Collaboratives Black to the Future and Roadmap to Peace.

    DCYF is issuing this Request for Qualifications to solicit qualified organizations who are interested in implementing the Pacific Islander Collaborative. Qualified respondents chosen through this process will have the opportunity receive a grant with a term of up to three years from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2023 to perform any or all of the services described in this RFQ. The final terms and conditions of the grant shall be subject to negotiation. DCYF may, at its sole discretion, make multiple grants based upon the list of qualified respondents. No organization pre-qualified through this RFQ is guaranteed a grant.

      • Out of School Time Service Area (OST) includes comprehensive afterschool programming in school- and community-based settings that provide opportunities for children and youth from low-income and/or working families to engage in meaningful and relevant learning that fosters their curiosity, builds their social and emotional skills and creatively reinforces and expands on what they learn during the school day. OST programs also provide opportunities for youth to be physically active, enjoy healthy foods, explore the world around them and develop relationships with caring adults and peers. The Out of School Time Service Area includes the following strategies: Beacon Community School, Comprehensive Year-Round and Summer Learning and Excel Equitable Access, funded in partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD).

        • Beacon Community School: Bessie Carmichael School

          The Beacon Community School Strategy is designed to support the implementation of the SFUSD Comprehensive Community Schools Framework utilizing the Beacon Model at designated Tier 3 K-5 elementary schools, Tier 3 K-8 Schools and 6-8 middle schools. Beacon Community School programs are student-centered, grounded in partnership and focused on the needs of students, families and the school community. Beacon Community School programs provide powerful learning, integrated health and social supports, and authentic family and community engagement to develop students’ cognitive, social, emotional and civic capacities.

        • Comprehensive Year-Round and Summer Learning: SOMA Community Based Services

          The Comprehensive Year-Round and Summer Learning Strategy is designed to ensure that there is continuous support and programming for children and youth outside of school hours throughout the school year and summer. Comprehensive Year-Round and Summer Learning provides skill building, physical activity, enrichment and grade specific transition supports to participants during the school year and summer.

      • Innovation Start Up: DCYF is seeking to support innovative approaches to working with children, youth, disconnected transitional age youth and their families implemented by nonprofit agencies that are not currently DCYF grantees. Programs funded under this strategy will receive a 3 year grant with a term that spans from July 1st, 2020-June 30th, 2023.  The Innovation Start Up Strategy is designed to engage nonprofit agencies not currently funded by DCYF to pilot innovative approaches to serving children, youth, disconnected TAY and their families. Because of San Francisco’s wealth of high quality youth serving agencies it can be difficult for organizations to receive funding from DCYF due to challenges competing with more established and experienced nonprofits. In addition, many agencies seeking to deliver innovative approaches for working with children, youth, transitional age youth and their families do not neatly fit within DCYF’s current Service Area and Strategy based funding structure. As a result DCYF has allocated a new funding stream to encourage both the delivery of innovative approaches and the inclusion of new agencies within our portfolio.

        May 4, 2020 - The Innovation Start Up strategy has been suspended and no awards will be issued.

Note that registration is required in order to access the RFP/Q document. In the event DCYF makes alterations to the RFP/Q document registrants will be notified via email of changes.

Click this link to access all questions submitted in response to the FY19/20 RFP & RFQ and their answers. The question submission period ended on February 28th at 5pm. DCYF will no longer answer any questions about this RFP & RFQ.