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Community Corridors Partnership Program

Through the Community Corridors Partnership Program, the Department of Public Works focuses on improving the quality of life in the City’s busiest commercial corridors through education and outreach. The program encourages merchants and property owners to maintain a higher standard of cleanliness by providing them the tools, information and City support they need to make our neighborhoods cleaner and more appealing. Corridor Ambassadors sweep litter from the sidewalk, clean tree basins, call in graffiti vandalism and identify and resolve poor street conditions.

The Corridors Program is active in many corridors around the City. To learn more visit their website.


Community Capacity Building Program

Invest in Neighborhoods aims to empower community groups – including merchants LISC Logoassociations, resident associations, CBDs, small nonprofits, and other stakeholder groups – to lead revitalization efforts in their neighborhood. In partnership with Bay Area LISC, the Office of Economic & Workforce Development provides capacity building services such as meeting facilitation; development of vision, mission and goals; establishment of by-laws and governance structures; and other organizational and community development services.

To learn more, contact Jorge Rivas at

Neighborhood Improvement Project Grants

Periodically Invest in Neighborhoods issues a request for proposals (RFP) for neighborhood improvement projects. Grants are available to community-based groups and organizations that can implement projects to strengthen their commercial district, generate economic activity and increase foot traffic. Qualifying projects include neighborhood marketing campaigns, event series, public space improvements, public safety initiatives, and other projects.

For current Grant opportunities visit the OEWD’s website.

Neighborhood Improvement Project Grant Awards- Spring 2013
Neighborhood Improvement Project Grant Awards- Summer 2013
Neighborhood Improvement Project Grant Awards- Fall 2013
Neighborhood Improvement Project Grant Awards- Spring 2014
Neighborhood Improvement Project Grant Awards- Fall 2014
Neighborhood Improvement Project Grant Awards – Spring 2015
Neighborhood Improvement Project Grant Awards – Summer 2015
Neighborhood Improvement Project Grant Awards – Spring 2016

For more information contact Jorge Rivas at

FUF - Ocean Ave Sidewalk Garden

Ocean Ave Sidewalk Garden Project, a 2013 Grantee

Office of Small Business

The Office of Small Business serves as the City’s central point of information and referral for entrepreneurs and small businesses located in San Francisco. Case managers are available to assist entrepreneurs with information about starting a business; working with the City; navigating permits and licensing processes; and accessing other programs offered by the City and partnering nonprofits.

Business Portal San Francisco’s web application for accessing information on all permit and license requirements for your business type, and resources on how to start and grow your business.

Contact case managers by phone at 415-554-6134, email, or in person at City Hall, Room 110, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, 94102.