Census 2020 in San Mateo County
About the Census
Every 10 years, the federal government is required to count all residents in the United States, citizens and noncitizens alike, through a national census. The next national census is in April 2020. The information is used to make sure everyone is equally represented in our political system and that government resources are allocated fairly. It is also used to make important decisions about community programs and services, like where to build homes and parks, establish public transit routes, build new roads and offer language access services.
Why It's Important
It helps make sure everyone has equitable representation, funding, and resources. Learn more»
What you need to know
The next census will be in April 2020 and we need to count all our residents. Learn more »
What you can do
There are many ways you can help make sure everyone in our county gets counted. Learn more »
What we are doing
We are working with partners across the county to make sure everyone counts. Learn more »
Bay Area Funding Opportunities
There were several opportunities to apply for grants/contracts from different funders around the Bay Area that closed recently. The purpose of these grants/contracts were to provide education and outreach to our County of San Mateo residents.
NEW County of San Mateo - Mini-Contracts RFP Released September 16, 2019
The County of San Mateo is committed to ensuring a complete count of all residents in Census 2020. Large segments of the county have historically been hard to count or are expected to be least likely to respond given the current political climate. Therefore, we aim to work with trusted community partners to educate, motivate, and activate residents in participating in the census. The County of San Mateo was seeking proposals from Not for Profit organizations for Census 2020 Community Outreach Projects. All three documents pertaining to this RFP are located on this webpage here and include the RFP, the Funding Application, and the Budget Template.
The timeline for this RFP is:
- RFP Released: September 16, 2019 11:30am PST
- Deadline for questions, comments and exceptions: September 25, 2019 12:00pm PST
- Proposal Due: October 9, 2019 12:00pm PSF
- Anticipated Contract Award Date: November 13, 2019
County of San Mateo - RFP Released July 10, 2019 / Closed August 7, 2019
To minimize the undercount in our region, the Bay Area Census Funders Collaborative - including Silicon Valley Community Foundation, East Bay Community Foundation, Northern California Grantmakers and other funders in the region - accepted proposals to support Census education and outreach efforts to hard-to-count communities in the nine-county Bay Area. Notification of awards will happen in August. Questions? Contact email@example.com
United Way of the Bay Area
The California Complete Count Office announced that United Way of the Bay Area was awarded the ACBO contract for Region 3, in which San Mateo County is located, for a total of $2.8 million. They issued their RFP in June 2019, with awards being decided in August-September 2019. Visit their website here for more information.
UPDATE: NO Citizenship Question on Census 2020
On June 27, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the citizenship question from being added to the Census 2020 but left it up to the administration to make the case in lower courts for its inclusion.On July 2, 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice confirmed that the decision has been made to print the Census 2020 questionnaire without the citizenship question.