Maximizing the Use of Public Dollars
The DCYF budget is created in an open and inclusive manner, and is based on public input, staff analysis, and recommendations from our Oversight & Advisory Committee. The department's final budget request is completed in March and submitted to the Mayor.
All City & County of San Francisco departments operate on a fiscal year that runs from July 1 through June 30. As of 2012, all city departments adopted a two year budget model.
Click here to review the DCYF Statement of Incompatible Activities.
Providing Services Through Grants
DCYF funds programs and services primarily through grants to community-based organizations and work orders to other city departments. DCYF's primary sources of revenue are the San Francisco Children and Youth Fund, the General Fund of the City & County of San Francisco, federal and state funds, and private grants. DCYF will allocate roughly $80 million annually between 2013 and 2016. DCYF also maximizes the use of resources by leveraging partnerships with the San Francisco Unified School District, other city departments, and our grantees.
DCYF's planning cycle starts with a comprehensive Community Needs Assessment (CNA). The most recent CNA was approved by the Oversight & Advisory Committee in September 2016 and is pending final approval by the Board of Supervisors. DCYF will use the results from the CNA to develop a Services Allocation Plan (SAP), which will be released in mid-2017. DCYF will present the first official draft of the SAP at the Oversight & Advisory Committee meeting on Monday, March 13 - visit this link for more details about the meeting. The SAP will be used to develop a Request for Proposals, which will be issued in July 2017. Grants awarded via the RFP will begin on July 1, 2018, and will be funded for a duration of five years.
Children and Youth Fund
In November 2014, San Francisco voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition C, which will ensure funding for the Children and Youth Fund through 2041. The Children and Youth Fund allocation of assessed San Francisco property tax will increase each year from 2015 to 2018, when it will cap out at 4 cents of every $100 of assessed property tax.