In March 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated federal Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) to state and local governments for COVID-19 expenditures incurred between March 1 and December 30, 2020, in response to COVID-19. Based on population, California received a total of $15.3 billion from the CARES Act — with $9.5 billion allocated directly to the state, $5.8 billion allocated to 15 large counties (including San Francisco), and 5 cities with populations over 500,000. In late December 2020, the date to spend these funds was extended by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act through December 31, 2021. A conforming change to state law extends the deadline for counties, cities, and community colleges to spend these funds to September 1, 2021. Additionally, the state may use these funds to offset COVID-19 response costs through December 31, 2021.
Federal guidance associated with the CARES Act require states to submit quarterly expenditure reports in 17 categories associated with COVID-19 response and mitigation. The eighth reporting cycle covers expenditures incurred from March 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021. To meet this deadline — and to provide transparency in reporting how these funds are being spent — the Department of Finance has collected data from counties, cities, local education agencies, community college districts, and state agencies regarding expenditures and obligations to date. The chart below shows the total allocated in key areas and the percentage of funds spent to date.
View the Quarterly Report here.