Santa Cruz County CARES Recovery Program

In response to the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis throughout the nation, the federal government enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on March 27, 2020. Included in the $2 trillion economic relief package, was an approximately $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) directed to states, local governments, and tribal entities for economic and disaster relief.

On June 29, 2020, Governor Newsom signed into law the Budget Act of 2020, which allocated a portion of CRF directly to the County.

Below are three grant opportunities specific to small businesses, existing County community partners, and non-profit partners responding to the public health crisis.

Small Business Assistance Grant Program

To mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Santa Cruz County small businesses and their employees, the Santa Cruz County Cares Recovery Program has committed up to $1,000,000 in one-time funds to create a Small Business Assistance Grant Program.

Community Partner Capacity Grants

Santa Cruz County Cares Recovery Program is distributing $500,000 in one-time grants to community partners to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The priority recipients will be agencies providing safety net and cultural services currently funded by the County. The majority of the grants are dedicated to programs receiving Collective of Results and Evidence (CORE) Investments funding in FY 2019-20. The remaining grant funds are dedicated to community partners providing Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services (POSCS) funded programs.

Health Equity Partnership Grants

Santa Cruz County CARES Recovery Program is distributing $500,000 in one-time funds to community partners to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The objective of the Health Equity Partnership is to offer immediate financial assistance to non-profit community partners to reimburse specific expenses related to COVID -19. The priority recipients will be agencies serving individuals most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on ensuring those most at risk for poor health outcomes related to the pandemic have equitable access to resources, services and information.