More than ten billion gallons of rain falls on San Francisco each year, enough for every resident of the City to shower twice a day for that year. When that rain hits the pavement, instead of soaking back into the earth, it makes its way into San Francisco’s combined sewer system where it is treated as wastewater. This results in a wasted natural resource and during very large storm events can mean an overwhelmed sewer system. The SFPUC is implementing sustainable stormwater solutions, also known as green infrastructure, which work to clean, re-route, and reuse that rain creating a greener and more resilient city.
In partnership with the Community Challenge Grant Program, the SFPUC offers the Urban Watershed Stewardship Grant to support community led green infrastructure projects and manage stormwater in San Francisco. Since 2010, the Urban Watershed Stewardship Grant Program has awarded over two million dollars to 45 grantees, removing nearly 95,000 square feet of impervious surfaces across the City. These grant projects have transformed sidewalks into rain gardens, created stormwater resilient schoolyards, and provided sustainable community spaces throughout the city. More information about the Urban Watershed Stewardship Grant and eligibility criteria can be found here.
Apply for the Urban Watershed Stewardship Grant. The 2022 grant cycle will open on October 20, 2021. The grant program has undergone some exciting improvements this year including updated guidelines, new budget guidance, and a fillable budget tool. All of these resources will be available here.
Join a virtual grant workshop. To learn more about the grant program and meet the grant administrators, sign up to join a virtual grant workshop on October 27, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Register here.