Affinity Grants

Grants to support low-income students as they pursue an affinity

Program Details


San Francisco Unified School District teachers, administrators, counselors, and staff who work directly with students are eligible to apply for a maximum of two grants in a one-year period, one per student or group of students. Note: a school cannot receive more than two grants per year.


SFUSD staff are eligible to apply for grants of up to $500 for low-income SFUSD student(s) to receive extracurricular lessons or activities that support and encourage a student’s talents, interests and boost their self-esteem. Examples: classes in art, dance, music, creative writing, drama, sports clubs, debate team, martial arts, individual tutoring.


Send your application in as soon as it is ready – money is limited. Funding will be immediately available, if approved.


Simply fax in (or scan and email) a description of your idea on school letterhead, including the following information:

  • Date and “Affinity Grant” notation
  • School and district name, address, telephone and fax number
  • Your name, email address, position
  • Total amount requested
  • Description of the student(s) and reason funding is needed (impact it will have)
  • Itemization of how the money will be spent
  • Applications must be signed by both the submitting staff person and the school principal

Fax your application without a cover sheet to (510) 645-1892, or scan and email your application to


For questions, please contact us at (510) 645-1890 or

Did you know?

The Affinity Grant Program was created in 2008 in response to a recognized disparity in opportunities available to San Francisco Unified School District’s low income students to participate in extracurricular lessons or activities that their families are unable to afford. The program originators believe that children and youth who display an “affinity” to something should be able to develop these interests and talents despite economic limitations.

 Funding for the

2017-2018 school year

is available!



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