Get ready to roll up your sleeves, San Francisco! The Community Opportunity Fund Program gives neighborhoods, community groups, and park lovers an opportunity to make a difference in their favorite parks. With the passage of the 2012 Bond, we have the funding to continue this successful program.
Click here for the possible workshop dates for COF fall 2014.
Park users know how to make their parks better and we want to help you make change happen. Our goal is to build community, foster stewardship, and leverage resources to improve San Francisco’s vital public spaces. The three funding rounds from the 2008 Park Bond are complete and the future funding cycle schedule for 2012 Park Bond first round is below.
As a citywide program of the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, the Community Opportunity Fund (COF) Program is a six million dollar capital program that encourages residents, neighborhood groups, and park advocates to improve their parks. Proposed projects compete for the 2012 Parks Bond funding matched with private gifts, volunteer time, and additional public funding. The COF program goals are:
– Improve San Francisco’s Parks – Create well-designed and efficiently-constructed park features to enable the city to continue providing a diverse set of safe, clean, sustainable, and high-quality park experience.
– Leverage Resources – Leverage contributions – volunteer hours, monetary and in-kind donations – to expand park funding beyond the $6 million provided by the 2012 Parks Bond.
– Build Community and Foster Stewardship – By listening to the park needs of San Francisco residents and enhancing park experience based on those needs, the program will increase the number of park users of all ages committed to civic investment and a sense of community.
– Improve RPD/Community Partnership – The program will improve partnerships between RPD and community organizations by streamlining the park capital improvements process and clearly outlining the roles and responsibilities for City staff and community partners.
- What's New
- Getting Started
- Round 5 Application Instructions and Materials
- Workshop Materials
- Examples of Past Projects
Lincoln Park Steps are officially open! Please join Friends of Lincoln Park, San Francisco Parks Alliance and Recreation and Park Department on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 4PM for a ribbon cutting celebration of the beautification of these steps. http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-rec-and-park-celebrates-lincoln-park-art-tiles-steps/Slideshow?oid=2928102
So much has happened at the end of California Street’s gateway to Lincoln Park. The artwork at the top of the stairs, completed in 2011, now cascades in full color down the 57 steps entering the park, a beautiful transition from street. No longer will pedestrians run through these steps without … Continue reading
Hi folks, All of you that are applying for Round 5 COF, I just wanted to remind you that Round 5 COF draft applications are due on April 3rd. If you are planning to apply, I should be corresponding with you, and confirming if you need additional community meetings, or … Continue reading
Hi Everyone – The final workshop scheduled for Round 5 Applications was scheduled for tomorrow night, Thursday December 11th at Joe Lee Recreation Center – Multipurpose Room 2 (1395 Mendell Street). The meeting has been rescheduled due to weather, to Wednesday, December 17th, same time, same location: 6:00 pm – 8:00 … Continue reading
Are you a group or individual with an idea for how to improve your neighborhood park? Apply for a Community Opportunity Fund (COF) project and help make a difference in your community. As part of the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, the Department’s COF program is a $6 … Continue reading
Hi everyone: First of all, thank you for applying this round – these were the most impressive applications this program has received. This program is now on its fourth round, each round, they are getting better and harder to select. The challenge is: we received 16 very strong applications totaling over … Continue reading
Work at Bowling Green has started again after a short interruption in construction. See the sidewalk preparation to receive concrete starting next week. For your safety the eastern section of the Sharon Meadows parking lot will be closed for construction on both Monday and Wednesday, August 4 and August 6. Please … Continue reading
WHO AND WHAT IS ELIGIBLE?
Any group or individual with an idea for how to improve their park can apply. To be considered, projects must fit these basic requirements:
- Proposed project must be located on land owned by the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.
- Proposed project must be a Capital Project. This means that the proposed work must be permanently affixed to the park property and be an investment in the future of the park. Events, classes, programs, and maintenance work cannot be funded by the COF. Installation or replacement of playgrounds, paths, benches, drinking fountains, and sports courts are all examples of Capital Projects.
- Proposed project must meet the required three evaluation criteria
- Enhance park aesthetic or reduce maintenance
- Have broad community support
- Have a complete design, budget and schedule
For a complete list of parks that are not eligible please see page three of the “COF Round 4 Overview and Instructions” document in the Round 5 Application Instructions and Materials tab.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Attend a mandatory Applicant Workshop to find out how to get started. Click on the Workshop Materials tab for workshop dates (please note the next round will begin in late 2014). Application forms and instructions are available in the Round 5 Application Instructions and Materials tab.
Round 5 - APPLICATION FORMS
Please read through the Overview and Instructions document which contains information about the background, process and eligibility requirements for Community Opportunity Fund projects. The Round 5 Application is available both in Excel and PDF format and can be downloaded by clicking the links below. Other forms for your project application are also available here.
ROUND 5 - APPLICATION REFERENCE MATERIALS
The General Plan Recreation and Open Space Element High Needs Map and a City Wide Map with Park Service Areas and Supervisor’s Districts are available below for your reference.
Round 5 - Sample Meeting Materials
Round 4 - APPLICATION FORMS
Please read through the Overview and Instructions document which contains information about the background, process and eligibility requirements for Community Opportunity Fund projects. The Round 4 Application is available both in Excel and PDF format and can be downloaded by clicking the links below. Other forms for your project application are also available here.
All scheduled workshops for Round 4 have passed. If you are interested in applying for Round 5, please see below for upcoming workshop dates: