City projects awarded grant money

A total of 29 beautification and sustainability projects in The City that were proposed by community groups have received a share of $723,839 in grants to make them their ideas a reality, it was announced Friday.

During a celebration in City Hall on Friday afternoon, Mayor Gavin Newsom and city officials praised winners of the Community Challenge Grant Program.

The program, which has awarded $1.24 million to groups this year, “focuses on projects that directly engage residents and businesses in creating green spaces, gathering places, public art and other neighborhood amenities by featuring and applying ecologically-friendly practices,” the Mayor’s Office said.

The program provides matching grants to local residents, businesses, non-profits and other community groups to make physical improvements to their neighborhoods, it said.

Addressing the winners and various city department heads that are contributing to the program, Newsom said, “You are rebuilding San Francisco and making it greener, cleaner and more sustainable.”

“The work you do has a legacy factor,” he said.

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