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 submit your request in letter form with the following information on SFUSD School or SFUSD Department letterhead:

  • Date and “Affinity Grant” notation
  • School or SFUSD department name, address, telephone and fax numbers
  • Your name, position at SFUSD, email address, and relationship to student(s)
  • Total amount requested
  • Name and description of student(s) on whose behalf you are submitting request, school student(s) attends, student’s “Affinity”, and reason funding is needed (impact it will have)
  • What services are you proposing for this student(s)? Describe proposed
    activity; if available, attach printed materials on activity and instructor
  • Indicate if you have worked out the details regarding place for activity,
    transportation, and if you have a plan in place to ensure regular attendance
  • Where/how would the student(s) enroll – name and contact info of
    organization and/or resource person/instructor
  • Evidence of “low income”, e.g. qualifies for free and reduced lunch
  • Indicate whether you have parent/guardian permission
  • Itemization of how the money will be spent
  • Applications must be signed by both the submitting SFUSD professional AND the School Principal or SFUSD Department Supervisor

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

2018-2019 school year

is available!



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