Regional Collaboration

Community Economic Resilience Fund – CERF

You are Invited! Join Us for the Inland Empire CERF Regional Planning Meetings

State of California released ROUND 2 Draft Guidelines
(Updated April 19, 2022)
Inland Empire Projects – It Takes a Region!
Please use the Inland Empire CERF Project form to submit projects for discussion.
Projects may also be recommended for a highlight at a future regional planning meeting.

What you need to know about CERF

CERF OVERVIEWThe State of California’s historic $600 million dollar investment in the Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF) is a massive investment in regional inclusive economic development with the potential to transform the Inland Empire and communities negatively impacted by the pandemic and systemic inequities.
PHASE IPlanning Grant – $5 million
During Phase I, one $5 million dollar grant will be award to each CERF Region to support the development of smart, targeted regional economic roadmaps that can create high-quality jobs and build a more equitable economy that works for all.
CERF REGIONSThere are 13 CERF Regions. The Inland Empire Region includes All of San Bernardino and All of Riverside Counties.
State WesbiteOPR Website
What’s Next?The State will issue a second Round of Draft Guidelines.
Click to view the State’s Timeline.
Join Us!We are meeting bi-weekly on Fridays at 1 p.m. via zoom. Register here.
It Takes a Region.

Inland Empire CERF Planning Meetings
Take part in bi-weekly Inland Empire Regional CERF Planning Meeting

All  sessions use the same Zoom meeting registration and link

Inland Empire CERF Listening Session Archive

Inland Empire Listening Session
Slide Deck
Synthesis Doc
Chat Notes

Additional resources regarding CERF can be found at

CERF was created to promote a sustainable and equitable recovery from the economic distress of COVID-19 by supporting new plans and strategies to diversify local economies and develop sustainable industries that create high-quality, broadly accessible jobs for all Californians. Specifically, the Community Economic Resilience Fund Program (CERF) would support communities and regional groups in producing regional roadmaps for economic recovery and transition that prioritize the creation of accessible, high-quality jobs in sustainable industries. On September 23, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 162, which established the $600 million CERF. The CERF is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

IEGO is hosting a series of conversations to help the region prepare for CERF. Draft guidelines are current available with final guidelines anticipated soon. Please also review IEGO’s Comment Letter submitted to help make CERF work for the Inland Empire. Click on the link below to learn more about CERF and the Inland Empire.

Additional CERF information is available on the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR).


San Bernardino County CEDS (2019-2024)
Riverside County CEDS (2019-2024)

K-16 Education Collaborative

Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF), Growing Inland Achievement (GIA), Inland Economic Growth and Opportunity (IEGO), and numerous other regional stakeholders are meeting regularly and preparing to submit a unified application for the Regional K-16 Education Collaboratives Grant Program (part of the 2021 Budget Act).

Only one application from the Inland Empire region will receive grant funding. Therefore, it is imperative that individuals, organizations, and existing educational collaboratives, partnerships, and consortiums throughout the Inland Empire region, join arms to apply as a united K-16 collaborative that will improve pathways from high school to postsecondary and into the workforce across the bi-county region. Please join the discussions every Friday at 9:00 a.m.

GIA’s Anticipated Role in the Project
What is Known Today

Visit the Official Grant Program Website

Take part in weekly Inland Empire Regional K-16 Education Collaborative meetings:

  • Apr. 8, 2022 – 9:00 a.m. (PT) – Meeting Agenda
  • Apr. 15, 2022 – 9:00 a.m. (PT)
  • Apr. 22, 2022 – 9:00 a.m. (PT)
  • Apr. 29, 2022 – 9:00 a.m. (PT)
  • May 6, 2022 – 9:00 a.m. (PT)
  • May 13, 2022 – 9:00 a.m. (PT)
  • May 20, 2022 – 9:00 a.m. (PT)
  • May 27, 2022 – 9:00 a.m. (PT)

All  sessions use the same Zoom meeting registration and link

Learn more by visiting Growing Inland Achievement (GIA)’s website located at

It takes a REGION!