Current Funding Opportunities

Multi-Phase Planning for Family Engagement and Service Enhancements in Family Resource Centers

First 5 San Francisco has supported the development of family resource centers (FRCs) beginning in 2009. FRCs have demonstrated impact to build community connections, enhance parenting capacity and confidence and connect families to resources. This RFP seeks to support currently funded contractors in the Family Resource Center Services Initiative further develop and pilot approaches identified though the Family Innovation Hub. The Family Innovation Hub convened a series of conversations between First 5 SF, FRC staff and leadership, and SFUSD EED staff and leadership, and parents/caregivers of primarily Black and African American SFUSD EED students.

Successful grants will support deep planning and engagement projects in the following areas identified through the Innovation Hub prioritizing Black and African American families.

1. Development of authentic parent, caregiver, and family partnerships and intentional, impactful family connections through capacity-building, followed by practice and policy change in the following areas that value and respect families’ culture and parents’/caregivers’ key role as child’s first and best teacher: communication, welcoming spaces, and counter-narratives.


2. Capacity-building, practice changes, service modifications, policy changes, and/or pilot launching of a school success pathway within current FRC essential services. Modifications, enhancements and pilot efforts could include:

– New capacity and/or linkages for Education Navigators and Advocates supporting school enrollment and achievement of early learning school success goals.

– Supports for families to develop their skills as educational advocates and identify professional pathways that can further benefit their career development.

– Tools, resources, referrals, and warm hand-offs that offer students and their families opportunity for immediate and future academic success and social and emotional development.


3. Capacity-building, practice changes, service modifications, policy changes, and/or pilot launching of innovative strategies to ensure equitable access to resources through technology, enhanced outreach, and/or specialized reservation systems


Up to $1,000,000 will be awarded to support RFP activities. 

Proposals are due April 11, 2022 at noon. 

The San Francisco Department of Early Childhood is Seeking Experienced Communications Firms to Support Bold Early Childhood Efforts.

The San Francisco Department of Early Childhood is a brand new and rapidly growing City Department focused on supporting all children from birth to age five and those who care for them to be healthy, valued, thriving members of our community.

We are seeking a qualified consultant to advance all aspects of DEC communications, including assessment and development of communications content and infrastructure, assessing the current state of parent-facing information on early childhood, identifying gaps, and recommending solutions, especially among populations that are harder to reach through traditional means. We are eager to work with innovative communications firms committed to bringing validated perspectives and experiences to our work, focusing on equity that begins with every child but centers around those with the greatest need. This will require the consultant to work closely with the DEC team and other consultants to co-design processes and evaluate long-and -short-term multidimensional communications planning.

Proposal Due Date: Submissions are due March 29, 2022, by 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time unless amended by addenda.

Emerging small businesses, as well as BIPOC-owned, women-owned, and service-disabled veteran-owned enterprises, are encouraged to submit a response to this RFP.

Project Budget:  The total estimated annual funding for this RFP is not to exceed $400,000 per year, which may increase or decrease depending on funding availability, the scope of work, and need.

Optional Pre-Proposal Meeting: DEC will host an online optional pre-proposal meeting on Monday, March 7, 2022. Please notify of your interest in attending the pre-proposal meeting and they will provide you with a meeting link and manage any technical issues that arise. 



RFP: Training and Field Building for Family Support

First 5 San Francisco, the Department of Children, Youth and their Families and the San Francisco Human Services Agency announce funding to support training for staff at family service agencies and to build peer networks at the front line staff and leadership staff levels. Training will be provided to staff to ensure awareness of resources and the adoption of quality practices to serve families. Networking and field building will grow awareness of resources, inter-agency collaboration to serve families and a common vision of service/resource gaps for families and family serving agencies. Up to $325,000 is annually available for the period July 2022 – June 2024 with three discretionary annual renewals. Applications will be available for review on approximately February 1, 2022 at

Proposals are due April 6, 2022 at 5 p.m. Please see the application document for full details.

Inquiries can be made with Derik

Partner Funding Opportunities

RFP: Child Care Facilities Funding & Technical Assistance (CCFF&TA)

The Department of Early Childhood (DEC) announces its intent to seek proposals from organizations or individuals interested in contracting to facilitate local efforts to preserve, improve, and increase the supply of high quality licensed Early Care and Education (ECE) facilities and environments serving San Francisco’s children and families.

The Child Care Facilities Funding & Technical Assistance (CCFF&TA) program is designed to preserve, to improve and to expand the supply and quality of licensed Early Care and Education (ECE) facilities in San Francisco through the provision of focused technical assistance, grants, loans, leveraged financing, and system-wide improvements. The CCFF&TA program provides expertise and a centralized resource for ECE providers to access support for all things related to the facilities, capital or renovation project support.

This RFP consists of two separate funding opportunities:
1. CCFF&TA program for Early Education Centers
2. CCFF&TA program for Family Child Care
Respondents can apply to administer either one or both of these programs.

Proposals are due Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 5 p.m. Please see the application document for full details.

Inquiries can be made with

Past Funding Opportunities

About Our Grant-Making

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.

At First 5 San Francisco, We Pride Ourselves on 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.

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