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Following County Coalition Request, More Than $1 Billion Approved for Local Public Health

February 11, 2021

The Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) approved the Governor’s emergency request to allocate $1.2 billion in federal funding to counties today. See the JLBC letter here and the county-by-county allocation chart here.

The formula, developed in consultation with the 61 local health jurisdictions (58 counties and three cities), distributes $1 million in base funding to each jurisdiction. The remaining funds are allocated using a formula wherein 50 percent is based on population, 25 percent is based on populations most impacted by COVID-19 (Black, Latinx, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders), and 25 percent based on poverty. The base allocation, ethnicity, and poverty measures ensure a fair allocation for all counties.

Counties can use the funding starting March 1 on vaccine support, testing, contact tracing, and other related activities through July 31, 2023. This funding was provided by Congress through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, P.L. 116-260, commonly referred to as Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) funding. 

The California Department of Public Health will be hosting a webinar later this month to review the purpose of this funding and the process for submitting application documents. Counties with questions may reach out to CDPHELC@cdph.ca.gov
 

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