The 2020 Census is coming, and the Yolo Community Foundation is partnering with California and the Sacramento Region Community Foundation to ensure that ALL people in Yolo County are counted. In November, we announced a total of $25,000 in grants to RISE, the Yolo Food Bank, and the Yolo County Children’s Alliance. We are now launching a second ground of funding. We are making grants of up to $2,500 to organizations that are interested in incorporating census outreach into their existing activities.

For complete details about the current funding opportunity and to apply, please go here. Grant applications must be submitted by December 3, 2019, at 5pm. 

Why the Census Matters 

Since 1790, the United States has taken a count of the population every decade, as required by the U.S. Constitution. The census counts every person living in the U.S. — regardless of citizenship or immigration status. The federal government uses Census data to determine how much federal funding to send to states and local governments around the U.S., as well as how many seats each state receives in Congress. For each person who goes uncounted, it is estimated that California loses $1,000 per person, per year for 10 years – severely impacting federal support for health care, education, transportation, housing, school programs and more. Taking an accurate census count in California is critical to the health and well-being of our community and will ensure the state receives its fair share of federal funding and national representation.

Ensuring Yolo County Is Counted 

In the 2010 Census, 77% of Yolo County residents were counted; we are working to increase that number in 2020. There are a number of communities that the Census Bureau recognizes as hard-to-count, based on social and economic barriers. Those group include communities of color, rural residents, low-income and immigrants that are already socially, economically or politically marginalized.

Yolo County’s hardest-to-count communities include:

  1. Households with limited English proficiency
  2. Non-family households
  3. Households that moved recently
  4. Households below 150% of the poverty line
  5. Low-broadband households

See this page for a PDF with an overview of Yolo County’s hardest-to-count populations and census tracts.

Grant Opportunity

Census outreach grants will support nonprofit organizations engaging in education and outreach to hard-to-count communities. The grants specifically seek applications that include innovative outreach strategies that target hard-to-count and vulnerable populations in Yolo County.

The Yolo Community Foundation will make grants in two rounds:

  1. In Round One, we committed a total of $25,000 via grants of up to $10,000. We allocated grants to RISE, the Yolo Food Bank, and the Yolo County Children’s Alliance, to enable them to develop and implement strategies designed to maximize Census 2020 participation from Yolo County’s hardest to count populations.
  2. In Round Two, we will donate a total of just over $25,000 via grants of up to $2,500. These funds will be used to support organizations to integrate census outreach into their existing activities. For the Round 2 RFP, please go here; applications are due December 3, 2019 at 5pm.

We anticipate that Round 2 decisions will be made by December and that funds will be released in early 2020.