Community Development, Economic Development
State or Federal?

The purpose of the Cannabis Equity Grants Program for Local Jurisdictions is to advance economic justice for populations and communities impacted by cannabis prohibition and the War on Drugs by providing support to local jurisdictions as they promote equity in California and eliminate barriers to enter the newly regulated cannabis industry for equity program applicants and licensees.

On November 8, 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA). In its statement of purpose and intent, AUMA calls for regulating cannabis in a way that “reduces barriers to entry into the legal, regulated market.”

GO-Biz administers the Cannabis Equity Grants Program for Local Jurisdictions to aid local equity program efforts to support equity applicants and equity licensees. Offering technical support, regulatory compliance assistance, and assistance with securing the capital necessary to begin a business will further the stated intent of the AUMA by reducing barriers to licensure and employment in the regulated industry. Offering these types of support will also aid the state in its goal of eliminating or reducing the illicit cannabis market by bringing more people into the legal marketplace.

Eligible Entities
Local Public Agencies
Eligibility Notes

A local jurisdiction (a city, county, or city and county) that demonstrates an intent to develop a cannabis equity program or that has adopted or operates a cannabis equity program.

Due Date
Dec 13, 2021
Due Date Notes

By 11:59 pm

Max Award
Match Required?
Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development
Total Amount Available for All Grants
Competition Notes

There are two application types: Applications for Funding Request Type 1 are subject to a maximum request of seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000) and applications for Funding Request Type 2 are subject to a maximum request of seven million dollars ($7,000,000).

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