Community Opportunity Fund

Cabrillo COF Donor Seat Wall Tiles

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.

We received 16 very strong applications, in August, totaling over $5 million in requests for this $1.2 million round. Across the board, the applications were very strong. Clearly, it was a difficult decision. The Selection Committee met several times in September, October, and November (2015) to thoroughly evaluate and discuss each application.

With such high caliber applications, the Selection Committee had to select the projects that most successfully met the program criteria with the funding we have available. This was the most competitive rounds to date, with $5,000,000 in applications, with only $1,200,000 in funding to allocate. The projects listed below were recommended for the 5th round of COF funding to the RPD Commission in April 2016:

  • Golden Gate Heights Park $289,534: New improved landscaping, pathways, seating and natural play area.
  • Juri Commons $324,488: New improved pathways, landscaping, irrigation and entry.
  • Fillmore Turk Mini Park $330,000: New improved landscaping, seating, drainage and tables.
  • Waller Street/ Golden Gate Skate Park $65,331: Addition of a few skatepark elements near Waller and Stanyan Streets.
  • Camp Mather $103,903: Court improvements to make a multi-purpose basketball and sports court.
  • Youngblood Coleman Park $70,000: New park elements including benches, grills, picnic tables, activity boards, bollards, and drinking fountain.
  • Corona Heights States Street Community Garden Improvements $15,000: Improvements to the existing community garden working with the community gardeners.

Previous Awardees:
Bayview Playground (MLK Pool) Path and Playground Improvements (Marien Coss)
Hilltop Park Skate Park Renovation (Marien Coss)
Lake Merced Boat Ramp Improvements (Marien Coss)
Tank Hill Trail Improvements (Project Manager assigned)
West Portal Playground Renovation

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 second (5th overall) 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.

South Park Renovation – Parking Advisory (W-7/13/16 to Th-7/14/16)

Great news! More construction activity at South Park! Tree pruning within the park will start on Wednesday, July 13 and continue through Thursday, July 14, 2016  from 8AM to 5PM. Please note that NO PARKING will be allowed on the ‘park side’ of South Park Street.The signs were just posted today. Parking will be … Continue reading

Community Opportunity Fund Round 5 Projects Recommended for Funding

Dear Community Opportunity Fund Applicants, I know many of you have been waiting to hear back about your Community Opportunity Fund (“COF”) Applications. The COF committee members repeatedly stressed how impressed they were with all of your work, your commitment to your park and your community. This is a very … Continue reading

Lincoln Park Steps-Update 05/2015

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

Lincoln Park Steps Improvement Project

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

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

  1. Enhance park aesthetic or reduce maintenance
  2. Have broad community support
  3. 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 2015). Application forms and instructions, from the previous round, are available in the Round 5 Application Instructions and Materials tab.

Please note if your project has been selected for the Failing Playgrounds Program, the project may not be eligible for funding from the 2012 Bond cycle. Click here for guidelines regarding Failing Playgrounds selection exclusions.

Round 5 - APPLICATION FORMS

Round 5 is now concluded; the below is for your information for Round 6.

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.

- COF Round 5 Overview and Instructions
- COF Round 5 Application Form EXCEL
- COF Round 5 Application Form PDF
- COF Round 5 Donor Disclosure/Gift Acknowledgement Form
- COF Round 5 RPD Tax-exempt Determination
- Rec and Park Commission Gift Policy 
Rec and Park Commission Naming Policy
Rec and Park Donor Recognition Guidelines
- COF Guidelines for Parks Identified by the Failing Playgrounds Program

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.

High Needs Areas Map from the General Plan Recreation and Open Space Element
City Wide Map with Park Service Area Info and Supervisor's Districts Lines

Round 5 - Sample Meeting Materials

Sample Sign-in Sheet

Sample Meeting Notice

 

Round 4 - APPLICATION FORMS(funding cycle complete)

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.

- COF Round 4 Overview and Instructions
- COF Round 4 Application Form Due July 9th EXCEL
- COF Round 4 Application Form Due July 9th PDF
- COF Round 4 Donor Disclosure/Gift Acknowledgement Form
- COF Round 4 RPD Tax-exempt Determination
- Rec and Park Commission Gift Policy 
Rec and Park Commission Naming Policy
Rec and Park Donor Recognition Guidelines

COF-Applicant Workshops

All scheduled workshops for Round 5 have passed. Past workshop dates:

- Wednesday, October 29, 2014  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm City Hall – Hearing Room 408
- Thursday, November 6, 2014  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center Auditorium (Capital Ave and Montana)
 - Saturday, December 6, 2014  10:00 am - 12:00 pm County Fair Building – Rec Room
- Thursday, December 11, 2014  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Joe Lee Recreation Center – Multipurpose Room 2

Past Workshop Meeting Materials

Presentation for COF Round 5