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Census 2020

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau undertakes a massive task of counting every person living in the United States – regardless of age, citizenship status, gender, etc. Census data helps determine political representation and federal funding for important City programs and services.

Why it's Important

Your participation helps ensure our community receives its fair share of more than $675 billion in federal funds annually for critical programs that support education, housing, and emergency disaster relief services. Census data also determines political representation at all levels of government. Outside of voting, one of the most powerful things you can do for your community is participate in the census.


 Community Resources, 408-730-7599


The census will be primarily online for the first time, with potential risk of an inaccurately low count. California is the hardest-to-count state in the nation. Three out of four residents belong to groups that often aren't counted. Your help is needed.

Ways to get Involved

Learn how to stay informed and ways to share

  • Get a Sunnyvale Grant to educate others – see Grants tab.
  • Apply for a Census job, or share job opportunities with others.


The City of Sunnyvale is committed to ensuring a complete count in the 2020 Census. In a recent budget adoption, the City Council approved Sunnyvale Census 2020 Grant funding. Grant funds are available to help the Census reach hard-to-count populations and educate the community about the Census.

Who is eligible?

  • Representatives of neighborhood group(s) such as, a neighborhood, mobile home or homeowners association
  • Nonprofit or not-for-profit organizations
  • Religious organizations – for use specific to the grant purpose. (Funds must not be used for religious purposes such as, promotion of any sect, church, creed, sectarian organizations, or to conduct any religious service or ceremony. The intent is to preserve separation of church and state.)

The following are not eligible:

  • Organizations in debt to the City
  • Individuals

Project and Event Guidelines

All proposed events and activities must support 2020 Census education and outreach efforts. These efforts must take place between Jan. 1 and April 30, 2020. Examples of activities include:

  • Education event or workshop for community members to learn the importance of the census
  • Neighborhood outreach to encourage households to complete the census form
  • Social media campaigns to educate and raise awareness for the census

Application Process

First review of applications: Oct. 31, 2019
Applications will be considered until funds are expended.

You will receive email confirmation of your application. Status updates will be sent by email.

If you are a awarded a grant, you must send us the following by May 31, 2020:

  • A final report describing the project and use of funds
  • All original receipts and invoices for *reimbursement

Grant fund reimbursement: *The Census 2020 Grant is a reimbursable grant. This means you – the grantee – must first spend any approved funds. Then you must provide us with receipts and invoices for us to reimburse you. The reimbursement process is approximately two to four weeks.

Apply for a Census 2020 Grant


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Last Updated: Nov 26, 2019