Community Economic Resilience Fund Guidelines
CERF has been designed in a two-phase grant structure with the intention of creating inclusive planning processes and meaningful ways to engage diverse communities. Phase 1 planning efforts will inform regional investment opportunities during Phase 2 of the program. Inclusive engagement across diverse regional stakeholders will be a foundational step in the diversification of California’s economies and the creation high-quality and broadly accessible jobs. CERF planning grants will allow for flexible economic analysis at various geographic scales, including economic flows between different regions, and implementation grants will allow for projects that cross regional boundaries. Participants interested in applying for Phase 2 implementation grants must participate during the planning phase or receive a letter of support from the HRTC to be eligible for funding. CERF will also align and leverage state investments (e.g., High Road Training Partnerships, infrastructure investments, community capacity building programs), federal investments (e.g., Economic Development Administration’s Building Back Better Regional Challenge,), and philanthropic and private-sector investments to maximize recovery efforts.
The CERF’s tribal funding allocation will be available to all California Native American tribes. Tribes are not prohibited from applying for CERF funding through the general Planning and Implementation Phases described in this solicitation. Additional application requirements for the Tribal NOFO will be released at a later date.
July 25, 2022
In April 2022, the CERF Leadership Team will release the Planning Phase Draft Guidelines for another round of input through public workshops hosted throughout April and May. The workshops will: help explain the guidelines updates since the last round of public comment; provide a space to collect feedback; and include an opportunity to network with interested entities in your CERF region. CERF staff will host four CERF Planning Phase Draft Guidelines Public Workshops. The regional groupings for workshops are only for the purpose of facilitating relationship building, and have no other implications for the program.
Northern California Guidelines Workshop
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 | 2:30PM-4:30PM PDT
Inland California Guidelines Workshop
Wednesday, April 27, 2022 | 2:30PM - 4:30PM PDT
Bay Area and Central Coast Guidelines Workshop
Tuesday, May 3, 2022 | 10:00AM-12:00PM PDT
Southern California Guidelines Workshop
Thursday, May 5, 2022 | 2:00PM-4:00PM
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