CSAC Bulletin Article

Up to $50 million Available through the Community Economic Resilience Fund

January 19, 2023

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) recently announced the availability of up to $50 million in the Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF) Program that will fund projects that have emerged from existing regional processes or plans and are ready for implementation. This Economic Development Pilot Program will fund projects that have already emerged from existing regional processes or plans and are ready for implementation. Under the CERF Program, California’s counties were divided into 13 economic regions and can be viewed here. These 13 regions will receive planning grants and implementation funds through a competitive process.

Proposals must be received by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, February 13, 2023. EDD encourages applicants to submit a notice of intent to apply to WSBCERF@edd.ca.gov by 5:00 p.m. on January 23, 2023. To view this solicitation for proposal, visit the EDD Workforce Development Solicitations for Proposals webpage.

CERF’s funding of $600 million was initially appropriated from the American Rescue Plan Act Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Fund of 2021 until the 2022 budget revised the source of funds to the state General Fund. CERF was created to promote a sustainable and equitable recovery from the economic hardship caused by COVID-19. CERF supports new plans and strategies to diversify local economies and develop sustainable industries that create high-quality and accessible jobs for all Californians by:

  • Supporting the development of a regional planning process that produces regional roadmaps for economic recovery from COVID-19.
  • Investing in projects proposed by regional planning tables that respond to the economic impacts of COVID-19 and meet criteria for equity, job quality, and sustainability.
  • Leveraging state, federal, philanthropic, and private sector investments in regions to maximize COVID-19 recovery efforts.

For more information about CERF, including project timelines, enacting legislation, and fact sheets, visit the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research’s CERF resource website.

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