Community Economic Resilience Fund – CERF

It Takes a Region Community Engaged, Empowered, Determined

The It Takes a Region Inland Empire CERF Application Status

Our application has been submitted, however, another application was also submitted in the Inland Empire. We are currently working with the State to consider options towards a path forward. 

We are incredibly proud of the work we have done together. Please continue to join us at our bi-weekly Regional Planning meetings. 

Thank you to everyone who signed a Collective Partnership Letter, joined a committee or attended a meeting. 

We appreciate you!

Stay Tuned! 

CERF Overview

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 fund.

It’s not too late to get involved!
1. Join the bi-weekly Inland Empire CERF meetings
2. Join a Sub-Committee
3. Invite attendees to join us

Contact jackie@iegocollab.com to find out more

It Takes a Region Community Engaged, Empowered, Determined

The It Takes a Region: Inland Empire CERF Proposal presented by the Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF) and Inland Economic Growth & Opportunity (IEGO) is the culmination of an open, regionwide planning process that builds off the work of a multisector collaboration of partners seeking to build a more prosperous future through equity, innovation, and sustainability. With this proposal we seek to do economic development differently by elevating new voices and growing new jobs in opportunity industries such as Green Energy and Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Sustainable Logistics, Arts/Digital Media, Cybersecurity/Information Technology and more. The proposal calls for the development of the Inland Empire High Road Transition Collaborative (HRTC) that will include an Inclusive Planning Council with three ports of entry for meaningful engagement: Subregional Tables, Committees, and Equity Councils. As the Inland Empire emerges from the pandemic and prepares for a more technological, sustainable, carbon neutral future it is imperative that we center the most important asset in the region: The People.

What you need to know about CERF

CERF OVERVIEW

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.

Download the CERF Factsheet

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.
FAQsCERF OPR FAQs
State WesbiteOPR Website
What’s Next?The Phase I Application was submitted July 25, 2022.
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.

Join us for bi-weekly Inland Empire CERF Meetings

Mark your Calendar!

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Meeting Archives
Inland Empire CERF Planning Meetings

Sept. 23, 2022 – 1:00 p.m.
Sept. 9, 2022 – 1:00 p.m.
August 26, 2022 – 1:00 p.m.
August 12, 2022 – 1:00 p.m.
July 29, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. (PT)
July 15, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. (PT)
July 1, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. (PT)
June 17, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. (PT)
June 3, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. (PT)
May 20, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. (PT)
May 6, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. (PT)
Apr. 22, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. (PT)
Apr. 8, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. (PT)
March 18 - Inland Empire CERF Listening Session

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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).

Additional resources regarding CERF can be found at calcerf.org. or CERF information is available on the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR).

INLAND EMPIRE RESOURCES

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

Want to Join a Committee?

We have developed the following four Committees to prepare one comprehensive application for the Inland Empire.

Governance & Structure

Outreach & Engagement

Data & Plan Alignment

Sector & Project Integration

COMMS, Arts & Culture

Want to Stay up-to-date?

Sign-up for the CERF mailing list and get updates delivered straight to your inbox.

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

Questions? Please contact Jackie Melendez at jmelendeziego@iegives.org.

Thank you! We look forward to working with you as we prepare the region for CERF.