Sept. 28, 2021: County Invests in Pandemic Recovery as Board of Supervisors Approves Revised Budget

2021-22 Spending Plan Earmarks Funds for COVID-19 Boosters, Relief for Individuals and Small Businesses

Sept. 28, 2021
Redwood City –
The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved a revised budget for the 2021-22 Fiscal Year that will help drive the economic recovery of individuals, families and small businesses hit by the pandemic.

Overall, the $3.8 billion budget advances three key goals: economic recovery; ending homelessness; and ensuring that government policies and programs reach and lift every neighborhood in San Mateo County.

“This budget targets investment in our greatest resource: the people who live and work here in San Mateo County."
David J. Canepa, President of the Board of Supervisors

“This budget targets investment in our greatest resource: the people who live and work here in San Mateo County,” said Board of Supervisors President David J. Canepa.

“We are putting difference-making dollars to work countywide in three significant ways,” Canepa said.  “First, by supporting small businesses through grants and fee waivers; second, by investing in housing solutions to end homelessness and; three, by setting up a framework that advances equity to ensure no one in our community gets left behind.”

The County continues to prioritize COVID-19 economic recovery through a wide range of programs. The revised budget includes the addition of $74.4 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, as follows:

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) FundingTotal Received: $74.4 million)



Homelessness: Navigation Center and/or acquisition of additional hotels


Lost Revenue Reimbursement: reimbursement to County departments for loss of County revenue incurred through the course of the pandemic


Community Initiatives: community efforts related to equity and recovery


Business Support: funds for the creation of the North County Small Business Center, for the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, and for WeHope to develop a modular housing manufacturing plant in East Palo Alto


Environmental Health Fees: one-time support to about 5,400 businesses to offset revenue losses incurred due to restrictive COVID1-9 Health Orders


Vaccine Outreach, Events, and Mass Vaccination for 3rd Dose: administration of vaccines in communities at increased risk of COVID-19 infection and hospitalization, and enhanced vaccine outreach through extra help staffing and community-based providers


SMC Strong Small Business Assistance Program: 200 grants of $10,000 each to eligible small business that have not received a County or state/federal small business COVID recovery grant or loan in the past 12 months, plus $75,000 to SMCU Community Fund to administer the program


Home Delivered Meals Expansion for Older Adults: expansion of the County’s home delivered meals program for older adults for two years, following the end of the Great Plates Delivered program


Second Harvest of Silicon Valley Emergency Food Assistance: emergency food assistance for vulnerable populations and creation of grocery delivery programs for older adults


Micro Food Business Grant Program: grants of up to $2,500 cottage food operators, $5,000 for caterers, food trucks, food carts, and $10,000 for commissaries and incubator kitchens.


Microenterprise Home Kitchen Ordinance (MEHKO) Pilot and Grant Program: $238,000 for Environmental Health Services to operate MEHKO pilot permitting program and $62,500 for individual grants of $2,500 to 25 MEHKO permit holders





With $10 million directly focused on community-based efforts to aid in recovery, equity will continue to be a top priority for the County. A draft equity framework has been developed that will guide the County’s internal and external efforts to advance equity.

The 2021-22 Recommended Budget the Board of Supervisors approved in June totaled $3.3 billion. This revised budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year includes an additional $431.8 million, or 13 percent, in allocations, bringing the final total to $3.8 billion. (The fiscal year runs from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.)

Despite the increase in spending, the revised budget includes a net reduction of 15 authorized positions, bringing total budgeted positions to 5,627.

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