Community Economic Resilience Fund
Overview of the CERF
The CERF, sourced from the State General Fund, will distribute $600 million, in a competitive process, to regions across California. The program will fund planning and implementation efforts to help communities economically recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and advance the transition to a carbon-neutral economy.
The CERF will:
- Support efforts to plan and implement inclusive and low carbon economic growth strategies;
- Focus on the creation of high-quality jobs and inclusive pathways into those jobs, as well as strategies that will support the transition to a carbon-neutral future; and
- Seek planning and implementation processes that focus on those who have often been left out of traditional economic development strategies.
CERF Regions and Current Timeline
The Sacramento Region includes the following eight counties: Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba Counties.
Valley Vision’s Ongoing Work
Valley Vision is continuing its role as a regional intermediary for CERF efforts, and will be submitting a lead applicant Planning Phase application from the Sacramento Region.
Activities we have pursued and continue to pursue in furtherance of this role include:
Outreach and Engagement:
- Roadshow of the CERF opportunity, through listening and learning sessions, and presentations to stakeholder groups: We hosted an open-to-all informational webinar on November 18, to provide an overview of the CERF opportunity and let interested parties know how to engage in related efforts. We have also presented to nonprofit organizational Boards, elected officials, regional jurisdictional staff, and others to share information about the opportunity. Beginning in April, we are co-convening with our partners a series of listening and learning sessions to increase awareness around the CERF and better understand the priorities and concerns of sectors and communities.
Individualized Stakeholder Outreach:
- We have been engaging one-on-one with regional community-based organizations and representatives from workforce, clean economy, and labor.
Preparing for the Planning Phase:
- Inventorying existing economic development, research, and data assets in the regions, and gaps.
Providing feedback to state agencies:
- Submitted public comments in response to the Draft Planning Phase Guidelines and Request for Information on Program Evaluation. Both of these documents can be found in the Additional Resources links below. We will likewise participate in the second round of public comment in response to the revised Draft Planning Phase Guidelines in April 2022.
- Staying engaged with the Employment Development Department (EDD) and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) around our region’s needs.
- Working through the California Stewardship Network to facilitate feedback and co-design of the CERF program.
How to stay engaged:
- Subscribe to our CERF Newsletter to receive updates around the program and our region’s efforts.
- Please take 3 minutes to fill out this form and indicate your interest in participating in the Sacramento Region CERF planning phase APPLICATION process, due on July 25. Your responses will determine our method and frequency of communicating with you as we work to prepare our region’s application. Note: This form will NOT be used to gauge interest in the PLANNING PHASE itself; if designated as Regional convener, Valley Vision and its partners will ensure that the regional collaborative meaningfully engages stakeholders and communities as outlined by the CERF program.
- If you’d like to discuss further, please reach out to Isa Avanceña at email@example.com.
- CERF Planning & Application Workshop (June 2022)
- Lunch and Learn: Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF) (May 2022)
- Sacramento Region CERF FAQs
- Sacramento Region CERF Newsletter (March 2022)
- Resource Page for the November Information Session
- Prosperity Strategy Press Release about the CERF
- Valley Vision’s response to the Request for Information
- The Prosperity Partnership + SMUD’s joint Public Comment in response to the Draft Planning Phase Guidelines