COVID-19 Fiscal Recovery Funds

Container ships at the Port of Los Angeles.

In May 2021, Governor Newsom announced a one-time $250 million allocation from Federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) funding to California’s ports to mitigate the negative economic impacts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.  The 2021-22 State budget appropriates the $250 million to the California State Lands Commission for allocation to ports to address negative economic impacts within this industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Budget Act requires that ports use these funds to support their economic recovery, such as for activities that include avoiding layoffs, restoring jobs and services lost due to COVID-19, and supporting safe operations.

Funding requests must be received by Monday, November 8, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. PST. Ports are encouraged to submit their application before the deadline in the event technical assistance is required. Funding Requests may be submitted electronically to Reid Boggiano (reid.boggiano@slc.ca.gov) and Ben Johnson (benjamin.johnson@slc.ca.gov), or by mail to:

California State Lands Commission
Attn: Benjamin Johnson, Legal Division
100 Howe Ave., Ste. 100-S
Sacramento, CA 95825

For application assistance, please email Reid Boggiano and Ben Johnson. We encourage electronic application submissions. If you are applying by regular mail, please email Reid Boggiano and Ben Johnson to verify receipt of the application.

SB 170. An act to amend the Budget Act of 2021

SEC. 49.

Item 3560-162-8506 of Section 2.00 of the Budget Act of 2021 is amended to read:

3560-162-8506—For local assistance, State Lands Commission, payable from the Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Fund of 2021 – $250,000,000

Schedule:

(1)  2565-Land Management – $250,000,000

Provisions: 

    1. The State Lands Commission shall allocate the funding in this item to California ports to address negative economic impacts within this industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ports shall use these funds to support their economic recovery, such as for activities that include avoiding layoffs, restoring jobs and services lost due to COVID-19, and supporting safe operations.
    2. Funds shall be allocated, monitored, and reported consistent with all applicable federal law or guidance issued by the U.S. Treasury for the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund.
    3. The State Lands Commission may consider the level of revenue losses and COVID-19 expenditures in apportioning these funds.
    4. Funds appropriated in this item shall not be allocated for the purchase of fully automated cargo handling equipment. For the purposes of this paragraph, “fully automated” means equipment that is remotely operated or remotely monitored with or without the exercise of human intervention or control. This provision does not prohibit the use of the funds for a project that includes the purchase of human-operated zero-emission equipment, human-operated near-zero-emission equipment, and infrastructure supporting that human-operated equipment. Furthermore, this provision does not prohibit the purchase of devices that support human-operated equipment, including equipment to evaluate the utilization and environmental benefits of that human-operated equipment.