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California Grant Information Act

Requires each state agency to register every grant the state agency administers with the California State Library

By Chris Micheli, August 24, 2022 7:29 am

California has numerous formal acts in statute. Government Code Title 2, Division 1, Chapter 5.2 provides the Grant Information Act of 1999, which is contained in Section 8333 to 8334.1. Chapter 5.2 was added in 1999 by Chapter 405. Section 833 names the act, and requires all state agencies to implement this act in a manner that is consistent with the statewide strategy for electronic commerce as established by the Department of Information Technology.

Section 8333.1 requires the California State Library to create a funding opportunities Internet Web portal that provides a centralized location for grant seekers to find state grant opportunities. The funding opportunities Internet Web portal must include information identifying every grant administered by the state and any incentive opportunities allocated by statute or in the annual budget that will provide local assistance funds.

Section 8333.2 requires the California State Library to provide an annual report to the Legislature on the effectiveness of the Internet Web portal, such as the utilization rate by state agencies, the number of grants registered, the amount of funding per grant, the number of visits to the Internet Web portal, including what parts of the Internet Web portal are visited, and whether there has been an increase in grant applications. The first annual report was due January 1, 2022,

Section 8334 requires each state agency to register every grant the state agency administers with the California State Library prior to commencing a solicitation or award process for distribution of the grant. Each agency must provide information regarding the grant that assists the California State Library with cataloging the distribution of grants and provides potential applicants with understandable and consistent information about available funding opportunities.

Each state agency is required to provide a link to the California State Library’s funding opportunities internet web portal on the state agency’s internet website. The term “grant” is defined.

Section 8334.1 requires each state agency to provide to the California State Library post-award data for every grant administered by the state agency. This data is required to include specified information. The following terms are defined: “geographic location served”; “recipient name”; and, “recipient type.”

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