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CARES Act: Coronavirus Relief Fund

The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was enacted on March 27, 2020. The $2 trillion relief package included $150 billion for the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), to assist States and local governments with populations above 500,000 address the public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The State of California received an allocation of roughly $9.5 billion from the CARES Act CRF.

With a population of approximately 475,000, Long Beach was the largest California city to not receive a direct allocation from the Federal government through the CARES Act. The Mayor, City Council, and Legislative delegation successfully advocated to allocate a portion of the State’s CRF funds to cities through the State FY 2020-21 budget, passed on June 29, 2020. Long Beach was awarded $40.28 million in CRF dollars for COVID-19 response. These funds must be spent by December 30, 2020, according to U.S. Treasury guidelines.

Long Beach Program Funding

On July 14, 2020, the Long Beach City Council approved a spending plan for the City’s CRF allocation from the State. The general framework for funding prioritizes COVID-19 emergency response costs, community support, and business recovery and resiliency programs.

  • City COVID Response—$19,130,494: to offset the costs of City emergency response from March-December 2020, including staff costs not eligible for other funding sources such as FEMA reimbursement.
  • Community Support—$14,400,000: to invest in community needs, including congregate homeless sheltering, housing support, food and older adult resources, Black education health, mental health and domestic violence prevention, early childhood, youth workforce development, digital inclusion, and non-profit and arts community grants.
  • Business Recovery and Resiliency—$6,750,000: to support transition grants for small businesses and non-profits, supplies and technology for economic recovery, economic inclusion and equity programs, and open streets initiative.

Application Process

The City is in the process of preparing application materials for each funding opportunity. Each program funded through the City’s CRF allocation will be screened through a commitment to equity and inclusion, ensuring the programs benefit the entire community, particularly those who are most impacted by COVID-19. Additional details and eligibility requirements for each program are forthcoming.

For those who are interested in being considered for one of the programs mentioned above, please complete the CARES Act Interest Form.

CARES Act CRF Information

Program guidelines for eligible expenditures: