Funding Opportunity for County Census Activity to be Released Next Week
Nov. 1, 2018
Counties will receive notice on November 9 about the potential funding from the State in support of outreach activities related to the 2020 U.S. Census (Census). A letter addressed to the County Administrative Officer will include information about the potential award amount, steps for accepting the allocation, timelines, and other contracting parameters. Counties should be aware they will have 90-days to pass a Board Resolution agreeing to the terms of the funding if they choose to accept the award.
To assist counties in their review of the funding opportunity, CSAC is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, November 14 in collaboration with GovOps to that will discuss the how to accept or “opt-out” of receiving the funding, important deadlines, and compliance requirements. Additional information about the webinar and registration is available here.
The California 2018 Budget Act allocated $90.3 million statewide for the Census to ensure a full and accurate count in an effort secure billions in federal funding as well as Congressional seats. Counties will receive nearly one-third (approximately $26 million) of the total statewide funding, which is portioned to each county based on two factors: The total county population and the percentage of hard to count residents. Each county is eligible for a minimum dollar amount based on population thresholds with additional resources for counties based on the hard to count population.
The prevalence of “hard to count” communities, or those that have been historically undercounted, I California is one of the biggest challenges for the state. In 2016, about 75% of all Californians belonged to one or more groups that tend to be undercounted, including renters, young men, children, African Americans, Latinos, and those in nonstandard living situations, including those who are homeless. The inclusion of a citizenship question in the Census and the increased reliance on online participation could further reduce participation.
The State is seeking to emphasize flexibility for counties to maximize a robust community presence. The November 9th letter will include details on county authority to contract with other local and regional partners to achieve this goal if so desired. Counties will also be indirectly supported on a regional level through other funding for community-based organizations, tribes, school districts, media outreach, and state-level project administration.