Funding Opportunities


Request for Qualifications

Training & Technical Assistance Services for Quality Improvement System

First 5 San Francisco intends to implement Training and Technical Assistance Services as an essential component of the City’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). The purpose of this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is to identify a pool of qualified training entities and consultants from which First 5 San Francisco may choose prospective contractors to coordinate and implement training and technical assistance services. The selected respondents will participate as Quality Partners in planning, program development, evaluation and coordination activities.

Selected Respondents will remain eligible for consideration and contract negotiation on an as-needed basis through December 31, 2021. Selected Respondents are not guaranteed a contract; however, it is First 5 San Francisco’s intention to award up to four (4) contracts totaling up to $1,700,000 annually during the period of July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2021. Respondents selected under this RFQ may be asked to respond to additional screening processes prior to contract award.

A non-mandatory bidders conference will be held March 8, 2017 at 9:30 A.M. at 1390 Market St., Suite 318, San Francisco, California.

The closing date for the submission of applications is 4:00 p.m. sharp on April 7, 2017. All applications received after 4:00 p.m. will be considered late and will not be accepted. No electronic or faxed submissions will be accepted. For more information, contact Lisa Lee at

Update (March 13, 2017): Responses to written questions for RFQ 2017-2 have been posted and may be downloaded below.

Past Opportunities


Notice of Funding Availability

Family Resource Center Services Initiative

The Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, First 5 San Francisco, and the San Francisco Human Service Agency announce this Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) of up to $12,400,000 to support neighborhood-based and population-focused Family Resource Centers in San Francisco.  A bidders’ conference will be held on January 18, 2017 at 1 p.m. Applications are due no later than February 24, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. For more information, contact Shelli Rawlings-Fein at

Update (January 23, 2017): Our responses to questions at the bidder’s meeting on January 18 appear in the Q&A document below. Note we have significantly revised our response regarding funding levels for Population focused FRCs. Applications will be accepted at the Intensive, Comprehensive and Basic funding levels. Responses to questions submitted at the bidder’s meeting begin on page 8.

Update (February 14, 2017): The NOFA Family Resource Center Services Initiative document has been amended. Please see the amendment below for changes to Section O Application Review Process.


Notice of Request for Qualifications

Consultation Services for Program Development, Communications, Data & Information, Strategic Planning and Evaluation

It is the intent of the First 5 San Francisco to create a pre-qualified list of firms from which it may select prospective contractors on an as-needed basis. First 5 San Francisco may use the pre-qualified list, at its sole and absolute discretion, for selection of firms and negotiation of contracts starting through December 31, 2021. Consultation areas sought:

  1. Strategic Plan Development
  2. Program Planning and Development
  3. Communications Strategy Development and Implementation
  4. Evaluation Design and Implementation
  5. Data and Information management

Starting on or about 11/4/2016 the RFQ may be viewed from or picked up in person 9 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday, at First 5 San Francisco, 1390 Market St, Suite 318, San Francisco. A non-mandatory bidder’s conference will take place on November 17, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at 1390 Market St., San Francisco, Suite 1125. Proposals are due no later than 4 p.m. on December 19, 2016. Guidelines and restrictions are noted in the RFQ. For more information, contact Derik Aoki at

First 5 San Francisco Collaborates With and Funds Organizations Serving Young Children and their Families

First 5 San Francisco, operates primarily as a grant-making organization, distributing our allocated funds to support services and activities for children, caregivers, teachers, and other providers identified through strategic planning. Our initiatives often include technical assistance and other supports to enhance the quality of our services. First 5 San Francisco’s allocations are subject to continued funding through Proposition 10 and Proposition H funds.

How Does My Organization Apply for Funding?

If your organization is interested in applying for a grant from First 5 San Francisco, we accept applications during our periodically announced funding opportunities.

If you’d like to be notified when future funding applications become available, email us and tell us how we can reach you.

At First 5 San Francisco, We Pride Ourselves in Supporting our Grantees

If you have received a grant from First 5 San Francisco, you will receive support and guidance from our Program Officers throughout the life of your grant. We’ll make visits to your site, verify your financial information, offer program advice and review documentation of your program’s achievements. Many of initiatives have multiple partners and we will facilitate your learning from each other in addition to offering opportunities to interact with experts in service delivery, if possible. Our goal is to help your program be as successful as possible through the use of our grant funds. We’ll work with you as true partners, and together, we’ll progress in our goals for your grant.

Grantee Program Site Visits

As part of our partnership and accountability efforts with our grantees, we may schedule site visits with you, or just drop in to see your activities in progress and review your financial records. We follow Site Visit Protocols when evaluating your programs and Fiscal Visit Protocols when verifying financial records. If you have any questions, review our Fiscal Policies and Contracting Procedures or contact your Program Officer.