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NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS

LOCAL GOVERNMENT MEHKO ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

AB 178 GRANTS TO LOCAL CODE ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES


BACKGROUND

In June 2023, the State of California appropriated funding  in accordance with Assembly Bill AB 178 – Budget Act of 2022, to assist local health departments and city code enforcement implement programs relating to Micro Enterprise Home Kitchen Operations (MEHKOs) and other in-home retail food preparation  and sales.  California’s Micro Enterprise Home Kitchen Operations program was established by AB 626 (2018).  This grant program is being administered by CCDEH under the direction of the California Workforce Development Board (WDB).


These funds will be distributed using two methods: to local code enforcement agencies as reimbursement grants, and to local Environmental Health agencies as entitlement / block grants. 


Applicants may apply if they are able to document any unrecovered expenses over the time period that applies to their grant category (reimbursement or block/entitlement; please see the descriptions of each grant category below). Documentation may include worksheets, time cards or internal budgets and financial reports.


The Workforce Development Board and/or CCDEH may require a financial review of records being provided by your jurisdiction to verify eligibility under this program.  The cost of a fiscal review shall be covered by the awardee.

 


FIRST GRANT OPTION

LOCAL GOVERNMENT MEHKO ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
AB 178 GRANTS
LOCAL CODE ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES APPLICATION:  Local Code Enforcement Reimbursement Application (due March 31, 2025)

PURPOSE
The purpose of this state-funded grant program is to assist local health departments and city code enforcement agencies to apply for reimbursements for costs incurred from the development of application forms, permitting processes, and initial site inspections and for city code enforcement activities related to Micro Enterprise Home Kitchen Operations (MEHKOs) in accordance with Assembly Bill AB 178 – Budget Act of 2022. 

 

Funds are available during fiscal years 2023/24 and 2024/25 to local governments for direct support in implementing the MEHKO program, including program development, public outreach, offsetting permit fees, and enforcement. This assistance will be augmented by technical assistance provided through the California Conference of Directors of Environmental health (CCDEH). This grant program is being administered by CCDEH under the direction of the California Workforce Development Board (WDB).

Based on a review of current and anticipated workload and available local funding mechanisms, $391,800.00 Is being made available to city code enforcement agencies to reimburse unrecovered expenses incurred by cities for activities related to the enforcement of home kitchen laws and ordinances. The funds will be available on a reimbursement basis and will be disbursed until depleted, as approved by the WDB. 

 

Applicants may apply if they are able to document unrecovered enforcement expenses during the period from June 7, 2023 through May 31, 2025 as a first come, first serve process until funds are exhausted. The maximum award to a single jurisdiction is $20,000.00.


SECOND GRANT OPTION
LOCAL GOVERNMENT MEHKO ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
AB 178 GRANTS
LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT LETTER OF INTENT TO APPLY 
(due by January 16, 2024)

PURPOSE

The purpose of this state-funded grant program as described in the enabling legislation and the grant agreement between the Workforce Development Board (WDB) and CCDEH is to “to assist local health departments and city code enforcement agencies to apply for reimbursements for costs incurred from the development of application forms, permitting processes, and initial site inspections and for city code enforcement activities related to Micro Enterprise Home Kitchen Operations (MEHKOs) in accordance with Assembly Bill AB 178 – Budget Act of 2022”. This grant program is being administered by CCDEH under the direction or the California Workforce Development Board (WDB).  Funds are available during fiscal years 2023/24 to local governments for direct support in implementing the MEHKO program, including program development, public outreach, offsetting permit fees, and enforcement. This assistance will be augmented by technical assistance provided through the California Conference of Directors of Environmental health (CCDEH). Funding will be provided to qualifying local EH and code enforcement agencies that have applied for funding by or before the application deadline.

Grant allocation breakdown to the local retail food enforcement agencies is:

  • 25% to local enforcement agencies with adopted MEHKO ordinance based on number of permitted MEHKOs as of December 31, 2022.
  • 50% to local agencies in process of or considering approving a MEHKO ordinance.
  • 25% to all local enforcement agencies across state based on total number of permitted retail food facilities, incorporating a maximum for very large jurisdictions and a base-minimum for smaller jurisdictions.

Local Environmental Health Departments may receive a small slice of the grant depending on what budget you are in using this tiered approach.  CCDEH will get back to you on the allocation amount.


California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health (CCDEH)

Elizabeth Morgan, MPH, REHS
MEHKO Grant Management Consultant
(530) 251-6920 cell



Kendra Wise, MS, REHS 

MEHKO Technical Consultant & Training

KendraWise@ccdeh.com

805.448.4321


 

Justin Malan, Executive Director
California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health (CCDEH)
Project Director


Sheryl Baldwin, Manager 
California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health (CCDEH)
Project Manager & Accountant


Michele Cowdery, Administrative Assistant
California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health (CCDEH)