The City of Rancho Cordova accepted Community Enhancement Fund grant applications for the 2019/2020 fiscal year starting from February 15, 2019 to March 15, 2019. The grants awarded in this call for applications are part of the estimated $8 million budget in 2019/2020 for the City’s Community Enhancement Fund.
The City anticipates awarding an additional $1.6 million in community grants in the categories of arts, culture, history, entertainment, and sports; education; and for other projects. The remaining funds are allocated to other community priorities such as community development, economic development, public safety, public works, and more. The actual budget may vary based on final approved funding allocations.
Staff is currently reviewing each application and supplemental materials received, and will share the initial review of the applications with City Council in mid-April. Applicants may be contacted to present their project during the May City Council meetings. Funding decisions could be made as early as May and formally adopted in early June 2019. Staff intends to notify all applicants of the funding decisions by late June 2019.
Fiscal Year 2018/2019 Approved Projects and Programs
On June 4, 2018, the City of Rancho Cordova approved more than 50 community grants from the Community Enhancement Fund for the 2018/2019 fiscal year. In addition to the community grants totaling approximately $1.85 million, the City also approved $1.3 million for enhanced public safety, $952,000 for enhanced public works/infrastructure projects, $952,000 for economic development and community development initiatives, and approximately $2.7 million for future legacy projects. In total, the Community Enhancement Fund approved projects and programs in the 2018/2019 fiscal year is approximately $8.1 million..
Community Enhancement Fund Citizen Reports
In November of 2018, The City of Rancho Cordova released its 3rd 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. The 3rd edition was made available at the Annual State of the City on November 1, 2018 and will be mailed out to residents in mid-November.
Click here to download the Community Enhancement Fund Citizen Report for Fiscal Year 2017/2018.
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.
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
Measure H/Community Enhancement Fund Citizen Oversight Board
The ballot measure approved by the voters allows for, but does not require, a citizen oversight board for Measure H revenues. The City Council desired that a Community Enhancement Fund Citizen Oversight Board be established to provide a review and audit of how tax revenues from Measure H are spent by the City and provide feedback. On May 14, 2018, the members of the Measure H/Community Enhancement Fund Citizen Oversight Board took their oath of office.To learn about their responsibilities and meetings, please visit Measure H/Community Enhancement Fund Citizen Oversight Board.
Fiscal Year 2017/2018 Approved Projects and Programs
More than 50 projects were selected for funding in Fiscal Year 2017/2018 fiscal year.
Fiscal Year 2016/2017 Approved Projects and Programs
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 $8 million per year (July 1 through June 30), updated January 2019