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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. 

2018 TOT Small Grant Awardees



Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula (BGCP)

$ 16,000


$ 16,000

Foundation for a College Education (FCE)

$ 16,000

Fresh Approach (formerly Collective Roots)

$ 16,000

East Palo Alto Greyhounds

$ 16,000

Midpeninsula Community Media Center (MPCMC)

$ 7,586

Peninsula Volunteers / Meals on Wheels (MOW)

$ 15,983

St. Francis of Assisi

$ 16,000


$ 16,000

Grand Total AWARDED

$ 135,569

Measure C/TOT Grant Program Staff

Karla M. Prince-Cheng, Ed. D., M.S.Ed., Administrative Grants Coordinator
City of East Palo Alto, City Manager's Office
2415 University Avenue, 2nd Floor
East Palo Alto, CA. 94303
Phone: (650) 853-3132 Fax: (650) 853-3115