Community Economic Resilience Fund – CERF

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

The 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 I – Planning Grant – $5 million

During Phase I, one $5 million dollar grant will be awarded to each of the 13 CERF Regions 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.

State of CA CERF OPR Timeline
OPR Website

Take part in bi-weekly Inland Empire Regional CERF Planning meetings

  • Apr. 8, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. (PT) – Meeting Agenda
  • Apr. 22, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. (PT)
  • May 6, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. (PT)
  • May 20, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. (PT)
  • June 3, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. (PT)

All  sessions use the same Zoom meeting registration and link

Inland Empire CERF Listening Session Archive

Additional resources regarding CERF can be found at calcerf.org.

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).

It takes a REGION!