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Research Gift Program 


Every year, the San Francisco History Association offers research gifts of up to $500 for organizations, schools, or individuals to use for San Francisco history-related projects. These may include oral histories, dramatic performances, video and photographic essays, displays or library programs, and neighborhood ethnic histories.

The Research Gift Program is open to anyone who can demonstrate that their project or event helps develop and expand knowledge of and interest in San Francisco history. 

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Every year, three research gifts are available for San Francisco history-related projects. These might include oral histories, dramatic performances, video or photographic essays about neighborhood history, neighborhood ethnic histories, etc.


Proposals for projects will be accepted year round. Student groups must be supervised by a teacher or other qualified adult, and must submit a written proposal outlining:

  • the project to be done
  • method or process to be used to complete proposed project
  • number of students involved and their role in the project
  • detailed budget
  • proposed result (play, video, book, etc.)
  • dissemination process (photo display at local venue, video viewing by parents and other students, neighborhood history map given to local residents, etc.)


Application forms are available here.

If you have any questions about the SFHA Research Gift Program please contact the Committee Chair Vicky Walker.