Student Success Fund

School Grants & Rapid Response Funding


In November 2022 San Francisco voters passed Proposition G also known as the Student Success Fund. This legislation amended the City Charter to provide additional set aside money for the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) to be placed in a Student Success Fund (SSF). The Student Success Fund provides two funding streams:

School Grants

Support schools’ readiness and implementation of SFUSD’s instructional and community schools frameworks:

  • Readiness Grants are for sites that need support to meet the eligibility criteria for Implementation Grants. At the end of the grant period, sites will be expected to have a Community Schools Coordinator in place and to have completed a Hopes and Needs Assessment as well as developed their Community Schools Implementation Plan. Sites that apply for and receive Readiness grants will be able to apply for Implementation grants at the end of the funding period.

  • Implementation Grants are for sites that have hired/or have identified their Community Schools Coordinator, have completed their Community Schools Implementation Plan and are ready to expand or deepen their existing work.

Rapid Response Funds

Flexible funds for SFUSD school sites set aside for emergency needs, discrete problem solving and emergent strategies in service of SFUSD Goals and Guardrails, in particular the Whole Child guardrail.

  • Rapid Response Funds are set aside annually and can be accessed year round for short term needs

  • Schools can receive up to $25K for each year with the requirement that funds must be spent in the current school year. For the 23/24 school year, each school site is eligible to apply for an additional $25K after the first allotment has been spent, for a total of $50K. Funds must be spent by June 30, 2024. Any unspent funds will not carry over.

  • The School Site Council for the applying school must discuss and approve the funding request and use of funds and be notified about any modifications before they happen.

School Grants Awards

DCYF and SFUSD allocated $6,300,000 for Readiness grants and $13,575,000 for Implementation grants. The maximum award was $350k per year for Readiness grants with a term of July 1, 2024-June 30, 2026 and $550k per year for Implementation grants with a term of July 1, 2024-June, 30, 2027 (with the option of two additional years). The following chart details the number of school site applications, amounts requested, and amounts awarded.

Funding Category Total School Site Applications Total Amount Requested Total Amount Awarded
Readiness Grants 38 $11,750,891 $5,580,000
Implementation Grants 31 $9,009,470 $7,706,360
Total 69 $20,760,361 $13,286,360


School Site Amount Requested Amount Awarded
Readiness Grant Awardees
Aptos Middle School $350,000 $350,000
Balboa High School $350,000 $350,000
Chavez Middle School $350,000 $350,000
Cleveland Elementary School $100,000 $100,000
Cobb Elementary School $200,000 $200,000
County Satellite $350,000 $350,000
Denman Middle School $350,000 $350,000
Dolores Huerta Elementary School $350,000 $350,000
Flynn Elementary School $350,000 $350,000
Dolores Huerta Elementary School $350,000 $350,000
Glen Park Elementary School $350,000 $350,000
Grattan Elementary School $350,000 $350,000
Hillcrest Elementary School $50,000 $50,000
Ida B Wells High School $200,000 $200,000
Independence High School $200,000 $200,000
Lincoln High School $350,000 $350,000
Malcolm X Elementary School $615,771 $200,000
Moscone Elementary School $350,000 $350,000
O'Connell High School $50,000 $50,000
Rosa Parks Elementary School $350,000 $350,000
SF Community School $350,000 $350,000
Starr King Elementary School $350,000 $350,000
Ulloa Elementary School $231,841 $230,000
Webster Elementary School $350,000 $350,000
Implementation Grant Awardees
Bret Harte Elementary School $300,000 $300,000
Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 $249,980 $249,980
Burton High School $150,000 $150,000
Carmichael PK-8 $250,000 $250,000
Downtown High School $300,000 $300,000
Dr. MLK Middle School $250,000 $250,000
ER Taylor Elementary School $250,000 $250,000
Everett Middle School $250,000 $250,000
Francisco Middle School $249,887.99 $249,880
Jean Parker Elementary School $300,000 $300,000
Longfellow Elementary School $250,000 $250,000
Mission Education Center $399,972 $399,000
Mission High School $150,000 $150,000
Monroe Elementary School $250,000 $250,000
Revere PreK-8 $250,000 $250,000
SF International High School $300,000 $300,000
Sheridan Elementary School $300,000 $300,000
Sutro Elementary School $300,000 $300,000
Tenderloin Community School $300,000 $295,000
Vis Valley Middle School $325,000 $325,000
Willie Brown Jr Middle School $287,500 $287,500

Awardees Also Receiving California Community Schools Partnership Program (CCSPP) Grants

School Sites that receive a CCSPP grant, were awarded funding that was made up of the difference between the CCSPP grant and the maximum SSF School Grant award ($350k for Readiness grants and $550k for Implementation grants).

School Site Amount Requested CCSPP Funded Amount Amount Awarded
Readiness Grant Awardees
Carver Elementary School $550,000 $250,000 $100,000
James Lick Middle School $350,000 $300,000 $50,000
Malcolm X Academy Elementary School $615,771 $150,000 $200,000
Implementation Grant Awardees
Drew College Prep $312,500 $250,000 $300,000
El Dorado Elementary School $415,000 $150,000 $400,000
Guadalupe Elementary School $550,000 $350,000 $200,000
John Muir Elementary School $385,804 $250,000 $300,000
Sanchez Elementary School $370,458 $250,000 $300,000
Thurgood Marshall High School $298,369 $300,000 $250,000
Vis Valley Elementary School $365,000 $250,000 $300,000

SSF School Grants Award Decision Making Process

DCYF and SFUSD embarked on a joint decision-making process that consisted of 3 Phases.

  • School Sites that met priority criteria received 5 priority points for each condition met for a maximum of 15 priority points. School Sites that do not meet priority criteria did not receive priority points.

  • Applications needed to score 65 points or higher to meet the threshold to move on to the 3rd phase.

  • To determine the final awardees DCYF and SFUSD leadership held joint deliberations to review each application’s alignment with SFUSD Goals and Guardrails, budget, and overall capacity of school sites.

Non-Funded School Sites

All school sites that did not receive a Student Success Fund Grant will have access to Technical Assistance support and continue to be eligible to apply for Rapid Response funding in SY 24-25.

Additional Information

  • The goal of the timeline below is to align with District’s due date of March 22, 2024 for school sites to submit their School Site Spring Budget Template. Dates are tentative and subject to change:

    Tuesday, January 23, 2024: Student Success Fund Application Released

    Friday, January 26, 2024: Question Submission Period Closes

    Monday, January 29, 2024: Bidders Conference via Zoom, 3:30pm-4:30pm

    Thursday, February 8, 2024: Q&A Posted

    Friday, February 9, 2024: Addendum I to Q&A Posted

    Monday, February 26, 2024: Grant Applications Due

    Monday, March 18, 2024: Grant Awards Announced

  • The Charter language stipulates that the term “District” shall mean the San Francisco Unified School District and that an “Eligible School” shall mean a school in the District serving students at one or more grade levels from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The Charter language further stipulates that Eligible Schools must meet the following criteria:

    A) The Eligible School must have a School Site Council that has endorsed the grant funding application.  Early Education Sites who do not have an SSC may have an equivalent body endorse the plan

    B) The Eligible School must have a full-time Community School Coordinator, or must plan to hire a Community School Coordinator, who will serve in a leadership role working alongside the principal in implementing the grant. The coordinator must also work to integrate on-site service providers and must participate in the SSC.

    C) The Eligible School must agree to coordinate with City departments and with the District’s administration to ensure that all resources, strategies, and programs at the Eligible School best serve students and their families, including using the state-mandated school plan to ensure a coherent and aligned approach for the school’s resources and initiatives.

    Full text of the charter language can be found here.

  • If you have questions about the SSF application or process, please consult the 2024 Student Success Fund Grants: Final Submitted Questions and Answers. The official question submission period has closed, and DCYF and SFUSD are no longer allowed to respond to questions.

  • All interested reviewers and applicants may access combined application materials in this consolidated file.

    Readiness Grant Application

    Implementation Grant Application

    ADDENDUM I: 2024 Student Success Fund Grants: Final Submission Questions and Answers. This addendum was issued Friday, February 9, 2024.

    2024 Student Success Fund Grants: Final Submitted Questions and Answers. This document contains all Questions and Answers submitted about the 2024 Student Success Fund Grant from the Student Success Fund Bidders Conference on Monday, January 29, 2024.

    Student Success Fund Grant Information Session/Bidders Conference Slide Deck. This slide deck was presented at the Student Success Fund Bidders Conference on Monday, January 29, 2024.

    Scoring Rubric and Priority Schools Criteria. This document contains information about the scoring rubric and criteria for priority schools. Both will be used to determine which school sites will be awarded funding for either a Readiness Grant or Implementation Grant.