Fiscal Year 2018/2019 Application Window is Closed
The grant application period is now closed. Grant applications were accepted from February 15, 2018 through March 15, 2018. Over the next few weeks, staff is reviewing each application and supplemental materials received. The initial review of applications received will be shared with City Council at the April 2, 2018 City Council meeting. We may invite applicants to present their project and we may make selection recommendations to Council during the May City Council meetings and Work Session. Funding decision could be made in May and formally adopted in early June.
Open data initiatives are transforming the way governments across the country interact with their communities and are promoting civic engagement through transparency and accountability. Open data is much more than just making data available to the public; it’s about transforming the way we think about data, how it’s collected, used, published and maintained. It’s a unique opportunity to look at the data we have and realize that this data could be utilized outside the walls of City Hall to help solve problems for both the City and its constituents. It’s about putting the data in the hands of the citizens, community partners, entrepreneurs and letting them analyze and visualize the data for their own needs and purposes.
By endorsing open data principles, the city is encouraging digital innovation, which can enhance citizen communications, supporting the brand of the city as creative and innovative, improving service delivery, supporting citizens to self-organize and solve their own problems, and creating a stronger sense of civic engagement, community and pride.
We invite you to learn more about the projects and programs funded by the Community Enhancement Fund by using the open data tool, the amount spent to date (updated quarterly), and see where these enhancement are being made. Click here to start analyzing the data. You can search by category, sub-category, fiscal year, project stage, and through the interactive map. Start exploring today!
Establishment of Oversight Board
City Council expressed interest in establishing an oversight board that would review the manner in which Community Enhancement Funds were spent. While not required by the voter approved sales tax measure, this oversight board would provide an additional layer of transparency to the community. The City invited interested applicants to apply to serve on the Community Enhancement Fund Citizen Oversight Board. At the March 5, 2018 regular City Council meeting the board members were appointed. Pursuant to government code, the appointed members will be added to the Maddy Act local appointment list.
Fiscal Year 2017/2018 Approved Projects and Programs
The City of Rancho Cordova approved more than 45 community grants from the Community Enhancement Fund for the 2017/2018 fiscal year.
Community Enhancement Fund Citizen Reports
The City of Rancho Cordova has released its 2nd edition of the Community Enhancement Fund Citizen Report. The goals of this annual City publication are to provide an overview of Community Enhancement Fund projects and explain how sales tax revenue was spent.
Click here to download the Community Enhancement Fund Citizen Report for Fiscal Year 2016/2017.
Click here to download the Community Enhancement Fund Citizen Report for Fiscal Year 2015/2016.
Fiscal Year 2016/2017 Approved Projects and Programs
A list of approved projects and programs can be found here. This includes financial data through June 30, 2017.
A list of approved applications can be found here.
What is Community Enhancement Fund (Measure H)?
Community Enhancement Fund is funded by Measure H, a ½ cent local sales tax measure that was approved by Rancho Cordova citizens on November 4, 2014. The measure passed with 61% of residents in favor of the measure. It will provide locally-controlled funds for local priorities. The sales tax went into effect on April 1, 2015. The City began receiving the new Community Enhancement Funds in June 2015.
- Total sales tax rate is 8.25%, updated January 2017
- Generates approximately $6.8 to $7.1 million per year (July 1 through June 30), updated June 2017