Keith Carson

Alameda County Supervisor for District 5 President of the Board of Supervisors

The Fifth District includes the cities of Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Piedmont, and West Oakland, North Oakland, Rockridge, Grand Lake, and portions of the Fruitvale, Manzanita and Dimond District neighborhoods.

ARPA Cash Aid Grants

Eligibility Criteria

  • Cash Aid Grants are available for local non-profit and business organizations that experienced the negative economic, health, and safety impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • To be eligible to apply for a Cash Aid Grant your organization must have experienced a negative economic impact created by COVID-19 for the period March 1, 2020 to the present
  • Through the application process, applicants must demonstrate and attest to the harm and economic loss sustained by the organization due to the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Grants will reflect the geographic and cultural diversity of Alameda County, prioritizing organizations operated by or serving populations and communities that were disproportionately impacted by COVID-19
  • Cash Aid Grants cannot exceed the amount of the organization’s losses due to the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The ARPA guidelines require that the cash aid grants be reasonably proportional to the negative economic impacts they are intended to address
  • Grant amounts can not exceed $100,000 per Supervisorial district and are subject to availability of funds within each Supervisorial District’s $3.1 million allocation
  • Applicants will provide demographic information about their organization and population they serve
  • Economic losses that were reimbursed through insurance or other sources cannot be used to qualify for a cash aid grant
  • Grantee must fully cooperate with any audit by the County, the Federal government or their designees
  • If it is determined that the cash aid grant is not an allowable ARPA expense, your organization will reimburse the funds to the County

District Priorities

Alameda County has identified $3,1 million for each supervisorial district to allocate as Community Needs Grants between March 1, 2022, and September 30, 2024.

Grants can be up to $100,000 per organization and awardees must be able to demonstrate how they serve District 5 as well as have experienced a negative economic impact created by COVID-19.

District 5 has prioritized the following categories for these grants with a focus on applicants who have not been able to access any previous COVID relief funds:

  • Disability Services
  • Ethnic Chambers of Commerce
  • Homelessness Services
  • Immigrant Communities
  • Mental Health Services

District 5 grants will be allocated in two phases with applicants only be eligible for up to $100,000 total.

  • Phase 1 applications are due May 20, 2022, by 5pm.
  • Phase 2 timeline TBD, please check back for more information.

 

Program Details

In response to the negative economic, health, and safety impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on local non-profit and business organizations, the County of Alameda is launching a new program, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Supervisorial District Community Needs Cash Aid Grants program. This new program will infuse much needed cash aid into the community and spur Alameda County’s economic recovery.

The County has allocated $3.1 million to each Supervisorial District for the ARPA Supervisorial District Community Needs Cash Aid Grants program with the goal that each Supervisorial District will provide cash aid grants that reflect the geographic and cultural diversity of Alameda County, prioritizing organizations operated by or serving populations and communities that were disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Organizations that have experienced negative economic impacts caused by COVID-19 during the period March 1, 2020, to the present are eligible to apply for a cash aid grant under this program. Cash aid grants may be awarded beginning April 11, 2022, through September 30, 2024. Cash aid grants are subject to availability of funds within each Supervisorial District’s $3.1 million allocation, eligibility of applicants, and any other relevant factors.

Through the application process, applicants must demonstrate and attest to the harm and economic loss sustained by the organization due to the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications that are not adequately documented may be rejected. Additionally, not all worthy applications will necessarily be funded.

Eligible organizations may receive cash aid grants up to the maximum amount of $100,000 per Supervisorial District based on demonstrated and qualifying impacts. However, the total amount of cash aid grant funds awarded to an organization by the County as part of the ARPA Supervisorial District Community Needs Cash Aid Grants program cannot exceed the amount of the organization’s losses due to the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ARPA guidelines require that the cash aid grants be reasonably proportional to the negative economic impacts they are intended to address. Economic losses that were reimbursed through insurance or other sources cannot be used to qualify for a cash aid grant. Each applicant is required to provide the demographic makeup of the organization and basic demographic information about the population served as part of the completed application.

All Alameda County ARPA Supervisorial District Community Needs Cash Aid Grants must be approved by the Board of Supervisors at a regularly scheduled meeting. By submitting an application, the organization agrees to maintain and provide records to the County during the U.S. Treasury Department audit period and agrees to fully cooperate with any audit by the County, the Federal government or their designees. If through an audit, or any other means, the County or US Treasury Department determines that because of fraud, misinformation provided by an organization, or for any other reason, that a cash aid grant is not an allowable ARPA expense, the applicant must agree to reimburse the funds to the County.

How to apply: Complete the following application and forms. When all the information is completed, sign the W-9 and the application. To submit the application online, click on “Finish” and the application will be filed with the County automatically. To submit the application by mail, send to 1221 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94612.

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First elected in 1992, Supervisor Keith Carson serves as a member of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors – representing the 5th District – on a platform dedicated to inclusive and accessible government. Supervisor Carson works to bring together people who have a wealth of talent and creative resources to address our shared problems within the numerous areas including access to health care, ending poverty, homelessness, crime, improving business retention, and addressing the scarcity of jobs in our communities.