1. What are the funding sources of the COVID-19 Response Block Grant?
The 2020-21 Budget Act provides California Community College districts (CCD) with federal and state relief funds in the form of a $120 million COVID-19 Block Grant (block grant). The block grant is comprised of $66.255 million from one-time Proposition 98 funds and $53.975 million from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), a component of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).
2. How will the block grant funds be distributed?
The block grant funds will be issued in the monthly apportionments by electronic funds transfer handled by SCO.
3. What costs are covered with the Coronavirus Relief Funds?
The CARES Act requires that the payments from the Coronavirus Relief Fund only be used to cover costs that—
- Are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19);
- Were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 (the date of enactment of the CARES Act) for the State or government; and
- Were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020, and ends on December 30, 2020
4. Who is required to report on the uses of the COVID-19 Response Block Grant Funds?
Quarterly reporting is required at the district level. CCDs should obtain and summarize expenditures for all colleges and enter the district totals per category in the Department of Finance’s (DOF) CRF reporting web portal. Also, see Chancellor’s Office block grant webpage for our reporting FAQs, Block Grant memos, and crosswalk of federal and state fund uses.
CCDs will also provide fiscal and program information related to the uses of the CRF and Prop 98 funds to the Chancellor’s Office to assist with reports required by the Legislature on January 2021 and October 2023. More information forthcoming.