Coronavirus Relief Fund (CARES Act)

The CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, included $150 Billion in Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) allocations for State, Local, and Tribal governments. While the County of Nevada fell under the population threshold of 500,000 population to receive a direct allocation from the CRF, the Governor’s May Revision to the California State Budget included a proposal to share $1.3 Billion of the State’s CRF allocation with Counties.

On June 29, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed the 2020 Budget Act, which made formal the allocation of $10 Million in CRF funds to the County of Nevada for purposes consistent with the guidance provided by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

The CARES Act provides that payments from the Fund may only be used to cover costs that:

  • Are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19);
  • Were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 (the date of enactment of the CARES Act) for the State or government; and
  • Were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020, and ends on December 30, 2020.2

The full U.S. Department of the Treasury guidance and FAQs are available online here: https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares/state-and-local-governments.

Supporting Documents:

$3.2M in Economic & Community Resiliency Grants

The “Economic & Community Resiliency Grants” program funded businesses, nonprofits, and local jurisdictions with a major economic and social impact on the community and are critical to maintaining the County’s economic and cultural infrastructure.

$1.5M in Macro Grants for Anchor Institution

Twenty-six applications representing $4.7 Million in requests vied for these funds. Grant awardees included:

  • Town of Truckee ($400,000) to fund an outdoor “Winter Wonderland” space to support downtown Truckee businesses by creating a festive outdoor pedestrian shopping and dining experience with covered and heated outdoor spaces this winter; 
  • Center for the Arts ($400,000) to fund operating expenses until it can safely produce live events for community audiences, and produce new broadcast events, education and outreach programs; 
  • Miners Foundry ($290,000) to fund operating expenses until it can safely produce live cultural and community events, and develop new revenue streams from its new café and patio bar with live outdoor events; 
  • Sierra Theaters ($150,000) to fund operating expenses needed to retain the Del Oro Theatre and reopen safely; 
  • Sierra Community House ($100,000) to fund necessary safety-net services (food and housing) to vulnerable populations;
  • The Food Bank of Nevada County ($100,000) to fund increased demand for necessary food delivery services to vulnerable populations; and 
  • South Yuba River Citizens League ($60,000) to fund the installation of two vault toilets at Purdon Crossing to address sanitation concerns on the South Yuba River due to increased visitation resulting from limited recreational opportunities caused by COVID-19. 

$1M in Community Broadband Accessibility

 Race Communications received $1 Million to connect at least 500 households with above-ground fiber in the Peardale community. County staff partnered with the Sierra Business Council to select Race out of a very competitive applicant pool. Race’s proposal was deemed “shovel ready,” offered the most reasonable cost per connection, and most importantly, is expected to complete the project by the CARES Act deadline of December 30, 2020. As an added benefit, Race intends to invest an additional $1 Million to serve 130 more households in the La Barr Meadows Area in late 2021.

New Youth Hub at the Nevada County Fairgrounds

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nevada County Fairgrounds has been hit hard due to the cancellation of the County Fair and other events. The County awarded $450,000, including $200,000 in CRF monies to create a Youth Hub focused on distance learning and COVID-19 safe social activities, and provides community access to the grounds for limited recreational use.  

As most schools within Nevada County are either continuing with a distance learning model or a hybrid model (partially distance learning and partially in-school) for the 20/21 school year, adequate access to the internet remains a key need within the community, as not all families have such access. In addition, there are youth groups in the county that are impacted by COVID-19 and need safe and accessible space to provide programs. 

As part of this agreement, the Fairgrounds also opened the grounds for public recreational uses, such as walking or biking during the week (M-F). This will offer residents and families another way to be outside and enjoy physical activity in this stressful time of COVID-19.

$250,000 to the Nevada County Relief Fund for Round 3

The Board’s allocation of $250,000 in CRF monies funded the Nevada County Relief Fund’s third round of funding to small businesses and nonprofits that continue to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, 26 small businesses and 10 safety-net nonprofits benefited from the CRF. The Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation received $25,000 for safety net nonprofits on the eastern side of the County.