Coronavirus Aid, Relief, And Economic Security (CARES) Act Funding

The City of Oakland has received $36.9 Million dollars in CARES Act Funding allocated from the State of California. The funds can be used for COVID-19 related expenses that are incurred between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020. All funds must be spent by December 30, 2020.

About the CARES Act

The CARES Act was approved by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020. The Act included approximately $150 billion in stimulus aid to states and local governments with a population of 500,000 or more. The City of Oakland fell short of this population threshold and, as such, did not receive a direct allocation of stimulus aid from the federal government. The State of California allocated $225 million of its CARES Act funding to California cities with a population of 300,000 or more.

The Act provides that the funds can be used for COVID-19 related expenses incurred between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020. The CARES Act generally limits expenditures to those that are directly related to the COVID-19 health emergency, including second order effects such as economic support arising from business interruptions caused by COVID-19. The Act also requires that expenditures not be accounted for in the most recently approved budget.

The U.S. Treasury developed program guidance and answers to frequently asked questions, which can be accessed here:

It is important to note that all CARES Act funds must be SPENT by December 30, 2020, not merely encumbered or under contract with a third party. The State of California has placed additional spending requirements on local governments and is currently requiring that all CARES Act funds be spent by October 30, 2020.

Funding Allocations

Department Amount Description

Department of Information Technology

$7.7M

Broadband/ Digital Resilience Initiative: Roll out Oak WiFi to 15 zones throughout the City and conduct education and outreach.

Department of Public Works

$2M

Facilities Resilience Initiative: Upgrade City facilities to support health and safety in the workplace.

Housing & Community Development

$5M

Anti-Displacement - Residential Rent and Mortgage Relief: Direct grants to non-profit organizations currently delivering rent and mortgage relief financial assistance to serve more people at risk of losing their housing due to COVID-related impacts.

Economic & Workforce Development

$4M

Anti-displacement Small Business and Non-Profit Support: Grants to small businesses and non-profits suffering business interruption, plus funds to support PPE production and TA support.

Economic & Workforce Development

$1.8M

Artist Relief: Grants for individual artists and non-profit art organizations.

Economic & Workforce Development

$2M

Opportunity Zone Fund: Funds for small businesses located in Opportunity Zones.

Economic & Workforce Development

$1M

Entrepreneurship Innovations Fund: Grants to council-selected recipients.

Economic & Workforce Development

$500k

Small Business TA/Outreach: Grants to City Council-approved non-profits, Ethnic Chambers and other community centered organizations.

City Administrators Office

$500k

Grant to Oakland Frontline Healers to support Community Health Interventions.

Department of Public Works

$400k

Workforce Development Program for Neighborhood Beautification: Cleaning and beautification projects to address blight and improve appearance of neighborhoods, street medians, and parks.

Economic & Workforce Development

Oakland Parks, Recreation and Youth Development

$300k

East and West Oakland Food Security Initiatives: Grants to council-approved non-profits for farmers markets in East and West Oakland.

Oakland Parks, Recreation and Youth Development

$500k

Retrofit City-owned 3rd Party Facilities: Direct grants for health safety measures and upgrades to third party facilities to allow them to avoid business interruption.

Oakland Parks, Recreation and Youth Development

$400k

COVID Response through Park Ambassadors Program, Citywide Community Education, PPE Distribution, Food Service Locations, DSW assignments

Housing & Community Development

$500k

Emergency healthy food support for neighborhood-based grocery stores in flatlands

Housing & Community Development

$100k

Funding to Just Cities to conduct outreach activities through a collaborative of community based partners that ensures access to housing pursuant to the Fair Chance Access to Housing Ordinance for people exiting the criminal justice system who are at high risk of COVID-19.

TBA

$90K

Grant to Meals on Wheels for Urgent support of COVID-compliant safe food distribution, including for seniors, persons with disabilities