COmmunity Economic Resilience Fund

The Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF) is a statewide program that was created to promote a sustainable and equitable recovery from the economic distress of COVID-19 by supporting new plans and strategies to diversify local economies and develop sustainable industries that create high-quality, broadly accessible jobs for all Californians.

CERF Listening Session, 6/15:

Comments or questions? Contact the Sierra Business Council CERF team by emailing:


CERF Listening Session, 6/1:

Comments or questions? Contact the Sierra Business Council CERF team by emailing:



CERF Development:

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), the California Labor Workforce Development Agency (LWDA), and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) – which together form the CERF Leadership Team – will facilitate the development of the CERF.

The CERF Leadership team is tasked with creating program guidelines, evaluation metrics, conducting oversight, and decision making related to the creation and management of the program and competitive grant structures.

Sierra Business Council is working to develop this program. Please contact check back soon for future program updates. 

CERF Regions:

The CERF organized geographically  by several geographic regions and boundaries that can administer the program’s funding and work.

The regions are defined in a way that promotes geographic equity and is consistent with existing economic development efforts as well as other state definitions of regional economic and labor markets. The final 13 regions will all receive planning grants and implementation funds through a competitive process. The release of the final regions also includes a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section to address some of the concerns that emerged during the public comment period for the regions.

Click here for more on CERF Regions. 

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To learn more about this program, contact: