To respond to, and provide support for, the novel coronavirus, a disease known as COVID-19, the state and federal government has provided resources to support state and local government, respond to the public health crisis, encourage recovery, and support vulnerable Californians. This site provides information related to funding to address COVID-19 and support the state’s recovery. Please visit this website frequently as information is regularly updated.
The 2021 Budget Act appropriated $100 million one-time General Fund to provide fiscal relief to independent special districts for revenue losses and or unanticipated costs incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Funds are reserved for districts that have not received other forms of COVID-19 fiscal relief directly from the state or federal government.
The state has used funds available pursuant to Government Code section 8690.6 and Control Section 36.00, Chapter 2, Statutes of 2020 to support the state and local emergency response to COVID-19. Allocation summaries and letters, including notification letters to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, by date for COVID-19 can be accessed here.
States are required to submit expenditure reports to the U.S. Treasury detailing expenditures of federal Coronavirus Relief Funds in 17 categories associated with COVID-19 response and mitigation. Information will be reported to the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee quarterly beginning on September 30, 2020. Information by receiving entity – such as a county, city, or local education agency – can be accessed here.
Coronavirus Relief Fund Reporting Portal (For use by counties, cities, and colleges)
The state has created a web portal to support reporting by counties, cities, and colleges that received state-directed Coronavirus Relief Fund (CARES Act) allocations and appropriations. Access to the portal, user guide, frequently asked questions, and information regarding due dates and federal requirements may be found here.
Based on the state’s population, California received a total of $15.3 billion Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) provided in the federal CARES Act, with $9.5 billion paid to the state and $5.8 billion paid to cities and counties with populations over 500,000. The Budget authorizes the Department of Finance to allocate $1.8 billion of the state’s share of CRF to counties and cities. Additional details are available on this page.
California received $27 billion in State Fiscal Recovery Funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic, including disproportionate impacts exacerbated by the pandemic. The state is required to provide a Recovery Plan Performance Report and an Interim Report to the U.S. Treasury by August 31, 2021 to summarize the state’s plan for the $27 billion in State Fiscal Recovery Funds as well as intended outcomes. This page provides instructions for departments implementing programs included in the plan as well as a copy of the state’s initial Recovery Plan.
The state has created a web portal to support reporting by recipients and sub-recipients of State Fiscal Recovery Fund allocations and appropriations. Access to the portal, user guide, and additional information can be found here. For more details, including deadlines, due dates and federal requirements, please visit the main State Fiscal Recovery Fund page.
Section 9901 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 added the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, which provides additional funding to local governments and tribal governments to mitigate the fiscal effects stemming from the COVID-19 public health emergency. All of California’s 58 counties and 191 metropolitan cities are eligible to receive approximately $14.7 billion directly from the U.S. Treasury, based on their share of the national population. In addition, $1.2 billion is provided to the state for 291 small cities in California, or non-entitlement units (NEUs) of local government and are also based on each entities share of the population. Generally, these local governments serve populations of less than 50,000 and include cities and towns in California. The federal government has outlined a process for states to distribute these funds to eligible cities based on their population. Additional information regarding the process to access these funds and eligible uses are available on this page.
The federal government has provided temporary federal funding to support the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding was made available through four federal bills. Additional information regarding the funding the state has received or expects to receive can be found on this page. This page will be updated frequently as additional information, including state awards and expenditures, becomes available.
COVID-19 Federal Tracking Portal (For use by state departments)
The COVID Federal Tracking web portal has been created for state departments to track their federal stimulus awards, expenditures, and obligations. Departments can access the portal, user guide, and frequently asked questions found here.
The Budget includes $750 million to provide support for counties experiencing revenue losses for realigned programs as a result of COVID-19. The link above provides the allocation for each county of the initial funding included in the Budget Act and the required certification to access these funds. Additional details and the required county certification are available on this page.