Coronavirus Relief Fund Allocations for Cities and Counties

The Budget authorizes the Department of Finance to allocate $1,289,065,000 to address the public health and public safety impacts of COVID-19, including homelessness. Cities will receive $500,000,000 for similar purposes. Federal law specifies that these funds may only be used for unbudgeted costs incurred between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021. Control Section 11.90 of the 2021 Budget Act extended the expenditures deadline for cities, counties and community colleges to September 1, 2021.

County Allocations – Pursuant to subdivision (3) of Control Section 11.90, county allocations are based on the relative share of the population but also takes into account prior direct allocations received by 21 counties. Direct allocations received by specified counties and selected cities and the supplemental state allocations are included here.

City Allocations – Pursuant to the provisions of Control Section 11.90, cities with populations between 300,000 and 500,000 were allocated $225 million and cities with populations of less than 300,000 were allocated $275 million. Generally the population of the city was used to determine their share of the allocation. No city will receive less than $50,000. Allocations for each city is included here.

Frequently Asked Questions – Updated 9/13/21

Additional Information

  • Funding was contingent on the entities adherence to federal guidance, the state’s stay-at-home requirements and other health requirements as directed in gubernatorial Executive Order N-33-20, any subsequent executive orders or statutes, and all California Department of Public Health orders, directives, and guidance issued in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Allocations were made in installments between July 30, 2020 and November 20, 2020.
  • Additional information about the allocations are detailed in the presentation below recently shared with cities, counties, and state and local leaders.
  • Coronavirus Relief Funds – CARES Act 101 for Local Govt (NOTE: The deadline to spend these funds for cities, counties, and community colleges has been extended to September 1, 2021 pursuant to Control Section 11.90, Budget Act of 2021.
  • Control Section 11.90, Budget Act of 2020, outlines the allocations, as approved by the Legislature, in 2020.


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