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SAN DIEGO – Mayor Todd Gloria today released the City’s Fiscal Year 2021 citywide grants report, which shows the City’s continued success in securing grant funding to support and enhance essential City services and complete priority capital projects. For the third year in a row, the number of citywide grant applications submitted, and awards received, as well as the amounts applied for and awarded, have increased year-over-year.
“I’m proud of our City’s success in securing grant funding and I’m looking forward to continuing to improve our grants performance to help address our City’s most pressing challenges,” Mayor Todd Gloria said. “Whether its grants to help the City address homelessness, fix our infrastructure or promote equitable economic development, we will pursue all the funding we can and not leave any money on the table in order to create a City that provides for all San Diegans.”
The City was awarded a total of 55 grant awards in FY 21 with a combined value of $141,713,026. Compared to last year, FY 21’s total number of awards received increased by 10, which increased its total by $56,337,246 over last year. Grants were awarded for a wide variety of City priorities and activities such as projects to enhance water reliability, economic development, emergency response preparedness, homeless services, road and bridge repair, and public safety.
Due to the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, City staff worked to successfully secure critical COVID-19 pandemic-related grants from state and federal sources to offset revenue losses and maintain critical services. Most notably, the City received a direct allocation of $299,714,755 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds from the U.S. Department of Treasury. Other pandemic-related supplemental funding that the City received totals $159,587,024.
Through Mayor Gloria’s “Back to Work SD” budget, COVID-19 grant funding was allocated to help San Diego get back on track, providing financial assistance to small businesses and nonprofits hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The City also used its COVID-19 related grants to provide rent relief funding to San Diegans experiencing financial hardship, allowing them to pay rent and utilities and stay in their homes.
“The growing success of our grant-writing efforts has allowed the City to supplement its budget to provide additional much-needed funding for key programs and services during a very challenging time for San Diego residents and businesses,” said Jay Goldstone, the City’s Chief Operations Officer. “I’m proud of the progress we continue to make in applying for and securing grants to support our operations and critical services.”
In May of 2019, the City implemented policies to strengthen its grants processes and reporting to improve the transparency and performance of securing grant funding. The citywide grants management function was consolidated under the Grants Division of the Department of Government Affairs within the Mayor’s Office.