Community Enhancement Fund

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Funded by Measure H, 1/2 cent local sales tax measure.

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Grant Application Period (February 10, 2020 - April 3, 2020)

Due to the extenuating circumstances of the coronavirus, the application deadline has been extended.    Starting on February 10, 2020, the City of Rancho Cordova will accept grant applications for the 2020/2021 fiscal year.  Applicants will now have until April 3, 2020 to submit their proposals. The City will accept applications from individual residents, organizations, businesses, and community partners who are interested in enhancing the Rancho Cordova community. The grants awarded in this call for applications are part of the fiscal year 2020/2021 Community Enhancement Fund budget.    

Grant applications that include a project or program operating on a K-12 school site must request the endorsement of the applicable school superintendent(s) and must be submitted to the school district representative with the draft grant proposal no later than March 6, 2020.  The earlier deadline associated with seeking the endorsement of the school superintendent has not changed.   

After applications are received by the City, staff will review each application and supplemental materials and will share the initial review of applications with City Council in May. Applicants may be contacted to present their project during one of the May 2020 City Council meetings. Funding decisions could be made as early as May and formally adopted in June 2020. City staff intends to notify all applicants of the funding decisions by late June 2020.

Those interested in submitting a grant proposal can apply through an online application or submit a written funding request. Please note, a separate call for visual art grant proposals will happen soon.  If you are proposing a public art project in Rancho Cordova, a separate application process will be used.  

Grant Application Process and Criteria Document (Read this first before applying)

Grant Process Overview (PowerPoint slides describing the application process)

Link to web-based grant application form (City staff will confirm receipt of web-based grant applications received by the City within two hours of receipt during normal business hours.  If you do not receive a confirmation from City staff within this time, please reach out to them directly.)  

Community Enhancement Fund Fiscal Year 2020/2021 Grant Application (This version provides an outline if you prefer to submit a written request to the City and not use the web-based form.  City staff will also confirm receipt of applications delivered/emailed to the City within two hours of receipt during normal business hours.  If you do not receive a confirmation from City staff within this time, please reach out to them directly.)

Supplemental Endorsement Form
(This form is required if your project/program is intended to operate or take place at a public K-12 school site)

Information on Standard Insurance Requirements (If approved, grant recipients, at their own cost and expense, shall procure appropriate insurance)

Information on Prevailing Wages for Grant Applicants (Projects that involve construction, alteration or repair work, pre-construction design or land surveying, or post-construction cleanup work)

Information on Grant Reporting Guidelines (If approved, grant recipients must submit regular reports and receipts)

Fiscal Year 2019/2020 Approved Projects and Programs

On June 3, 2019, the City of Rancho Cordova approved more than 50 community grants from the Community Enhancement Fund for the 2019/2020 fiscal year.  In addition to the community grants totaling approximately $2.1 million, the City also approved $1.4 million for enhanced public safety, approximately 1.1 million for enhanced public works/infrastructure projects, approximately $1.1 million for community/economic development initiatives, and approximately $2.1 million for future legacy projects.  In total, the Community Enhancement Fund approved projects and programs in the 2019/2020 fiscal year is $8.2 million..

A list of approved projects and programs can be found here.

Community Enhancement Fund Citizen Reports

In November of 2019, the City of Rancho Cordova released its 4th 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 4th edition was made available at the annual State of the City on November 7, 2019 and mailed out to residents in mid-November.  

Click here to download the Community Enhancement Fund Citizen Report for Fiscal Year 2018/2019.
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

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 enhancements 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 2018/2019 Approved Projects and Programs

Fiscal Year 2017/2018 Approved Projects and Programs

A list of approved projects and programs 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 provides 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.

Quick Facts

  • Total sales tax rate is 8.25%, updated January 2017
  • Generates approximately $8.8 million per year (July 1 through June 30), updated January 2020

Questions or comments can be directed to:

Stacy Delaney, Community Enhancement Analyst II (916) 851-8878.

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