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Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) Small Summer Grant Info



At the general municipal election held on November 5, 2002, voters in East Palo Alto modified the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) ordinance to provide a dedicated revenue stream for children, youth and family services, including senior citizens (CYFS). The TOT revenue is collected through a hotel tax which is submitted to the City of East Palo Alto on a monthly basis. Of the total monthly amount collected, 10% is set aside for CYFS. Municipal Code Section 3.68.150 Use of revenues:

*Support of comprehensive, integrated, and community-based systems of services and support systems for children, youth, and their families and senior citizens, so as to promote individual and community health, recreation, and cultural arts

*Exclusively for grants or loans to non-profit service providers headquartered in East Palo Alto OR for which a majority of clients served are East Palo Alto residents

TOT Ordinance 277B

TOT Ordinance 277A

TOT Ordinance 230

TOT Grant Program

TOT funds are designated for community based non-profit - registered with the IRS as a 501 (c)(3) organization- programs designed with an emphasis on youth programming (ages 0-24).

To date, the City Council has awarded almost $2 million to more than 50 projects/programs run by Community Based Organizations (CBO's) and Non Profit Organizations (NPO's) with TOT funds to promote a healthier and safer community free of violence and crime. 

2019 TOT Small Grant Awardees

Organization Amount
Bayshore Christian Ministries (BCM) $11,174
Canopy $16,000
East Palo Alto Greyhounds $16,000 
Free at Last (FAL) $16,000 
Fresh Approach (Formerly Collective Roots) $16,000 
Foundation for a College Education (FCE) $16,000 
Midpeninsula Athletic Association (MPAA) $16,000 
Peninsula Volunteers / Meals on Wheels (MOW) $15,688
Razorhawks Youth Rugby Club $15,965
Retraining the Village (RTV) $11,173 

Maurice Baker- Interim Administrative Grants Coordinator
City of East Palo Alto, City Manager’s Office
2415 University Ave, 2nd Floor 
East Palo Alto, CA. 94303
Phone: (650) 853-3132 

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