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.

Round 5 is now concluded. It was once again a very difficult decision; we look forward to working with those of you who didn’t make it this round and hope you will try again.

Congratulations to the following groups who received funding:

– Bayview Playground (MLK Pool) Path and Playground Improvements
– Hilltop Skate Park Improvements
– Lake Merced Boat Ramp Improvements
– Tank Hill Trail Improvements
– West Portal Playground Improvements

What’s Next

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.

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

Reminder – Deadline for Community Opportunity Fund Round 5 Draft Applications – April 3rd!

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, … Continue reading

NOTICE: Final Workshop Rescheduled due to weather from This Thursday to DECEMBER 17th. LAST Workshop for Community Opportunity Fund Program to Fund Park Improvements!

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

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

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

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. If you are interested in applying for Round 5, please see below for upcoming 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