Uplift Central Coast to Develop Inclusive Coaltion for State Economic Resilience Grant Opportunity

The six-county Uplift Central Coast Coalition — led by REACH, the Economic Development Collaborative (EDC) and Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP) – is excited to announce its continued partnership to develop an application and secure our region’s share of California’s new $600 million Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF).

The purpose of CERF is to support new plans and strategies to diversify local economies and develop sustainable industries that create high-quality, broadly accessible jobs for all Californians.

The CERF strategy is based on triple bottom line principles and values — economy, equity and environment — and calls for input from and ultimate benefit to disadvantaged, disproportionately impacted and under-represented communities. 

Moving forward, our broadened Uplift Central Coast initiative will focus on the aerospace industry while also expanding into other sectors. The coalition will identify, prioritize and invest in a wide range of workforce and economic development projects while contributing to a comprehensive approach to regional economic resilience. Our efforts and partnerships will continue to cover the same six-county region: Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. Grants of up to $5 million will be awarded this fall to support inclusive engagement and planning efforts to inform regional investment opportunities.

If you would like to stay engaged, track progress, or participate with this coalition, join us!