Planning

Our Grantmaking Cycle

In 1991, San Franciscans made a historic commitment to the City’s children and youth: the Children and Youth Fund, the nation’s first dedicated fund for services for young people and their families.

Our mandate is to implement the Fund to achieve four citywide results:

  • all children and youth are supported by nurturing families and communities

  • all children and youth are physically and emotionally healthy

  • all children and youth are ready to learn and succeed in school

  • all youth are ready for college, work and productive adulthood

We engage deeply with San Francisco’s communities to realize this vision. Every five years, we embark on a three step planning process:

Fiscal year 2015-2016

Community Needs Assessment

DCYF collects data and connects with San Francisco’s communities directly to understand the status of the City’s children, youth and families and their needs. The Community Needs Assessment (CNA) also includes an equity analysis of the disparities between low income neighborhoods and disadvantaged communities and the City as a whole.

DCYF collects data and connects with San Francisco’s communities directly to understand the status of the City’s children, youth and families and their needs. The Community Needs Assessment (CNA) also includes an equity analysis of the disparities between low income neighborhoods and disadvantaged communities and the City as a whole.

Fiscal year 2016-2017

Services Allocation Plan

The aspirations of the community from the Community Needs Assessment (CNA) informs a citywide action plan. The Service Allocation Plan (SAP) identifies strategic funding priorities for the types of programs that can best address San Franciscans’ needs and disparities.

The aspirations of the community from the Community Needs Assessment (CNA) informs a citywide action plan. The Service Allocation Plan (SAP) identifies strategic funding priorities for the types of programs that can best address San Franciscans’ needs and disparities.

Fiscal Year 2017-18

Request for Proposals

DCYF funds programs based in the communities they serve to implement the services called for in the SAP.  In our 2018-2023 RFP, DCYF funded 299 programs across 150 community-based organizations for a total $370 million over five years.  Within the five year funding cycle, we also fund additional programs through smaller RFPs, including the supervisor district-based  Community Grants RFP  and the  2019-2013 Sports & Physical Activity and Connective Services RFP .

DCYF funds programs based in the communities they serve to implement the services called for in the SAP. In our 2018-2023 RFP, DCYF funded 299 programs across 150 community-based organizations for a total $370 million over five years. Within the five year funding cycle, we also fund additional programs through smaller RFPs, including the supervisor district-based Community Grants RFP and the 2019-2013 Sports & Physical Activity and Connective Services RFP.

Together, our community-based organizations fulfill San Francisco’s mandate for the Children and Youth Fund. We collect data on 17 indicators of community well-being throughout the funding cycle to evaluate our collective impact on the four results.