Community Enhancement Fund

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

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Grant Opportunities

The City of Rancho Cordova will accept Community Enhancement Fund grant applications for the 2019/2020 fiscal year starting on February 15, 2019.  They City must receive applications by March 15, 2019 to be considered for funding.  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 estimated $8 million budget in 2019/2020 for the City’s Community Enhancement Fund. The City’s Community Enhancement Fund is funded by the Measure H, ½ cent local sales tax measure approved by voters in November 2014.

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.

 The criteria considered by the City during the project selection process includes:

  • Community Pride
  • Civic Engagement
  • Quality of Life
  • Public Safety
  • Arts, Culture, History, Entertainment
  • Sports
  • Children and Youth
  • Education
  • Business/Economic Development

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 8, 2019.  See important documents below for the form.

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 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.

Those interested in submitting a grant proposal can apply through an online application or submit a written funding request. The online grant application is linked below.  

Important Documents and Links: 

Grant Application Process and Criteria Document

Apply Online

Grant Application (This is the outline; Use the online form above to submit electronically)   

Supplemental Endorsement Form (Programs intended to operate or take place at a public K-12 school site)

Information on Standard Insurance Requirements 

Information on Prevailing Wages (Construction, alteration or repair work, pre-construction design or land surveying, or post-construction cleanup work)

Questions? Please contact Stacy Delaney at sdelaney@cityofranchocordova.org or call (916) 851-8878.

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..

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

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

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.

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

Fiscal Year 2016/2017 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 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.

Quick Facts

  • Total sales tax rate is 8.25%, updated January 2017
  • Generates approximately $8 million per year (July 1 through June 30), updated January 2019

Questions or comments can be directed to:

Stacy Delaney, Community Enhancement Analyst II sdelaney@cityofranchocordova.org (916) 851-8878.

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