October 1, 2021 – The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is pleased to announce the release of the fiscal year 2021-22 Grant Solicitation for the Cannabis Equity Grants Program for Local Jurisdictions.
Note: Only eligible local jurisdictions (cities and counties) may apply for this grant. Please review the grant solicitation prior to completing the online grant application.
Applications must be submitted electronically via the online application portal by December 13, 2021, at 11:59pm. The application portal can be accessed via the “Apply Now” button above.
Prospective applicants should refer to the “Resources and Required Documents” below.
Resources and Required Documents
- FY 2021-22 Grant Solicitation
- Application Guide
- GO-Biz Budget Spreadsheet – Funding Request Type 1: Assistance for Cannabis Equity Assessment/Program Development
- GO-Biz Budget Spreadsheet – Funding Request Type 2: Assistance for Cannabis Equity Program Applicants and Licensees
- GO-Biz Licensing Detail Template (Funding Request Type 2 Applicants Only)
- Government Agency Taxpayer ID Form
- Sample Resolution
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 entry into the regulated cannabis 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.
- FY 2020-21 Grant Solicitation
- FY 2020-21 Grant Recipients
- FY 2019-20 Grant Solicitation
- FY 2019-20 Grant Recipients
For questions or technical assistance about the Cannabis Equity Grants program for Local Jurisdictions, email us at CEG@gobiz.ca.gov or call (916) 322-2683.
If you would like to receive periodic updates about the implementation and administration of the Cannabis Equity Grants Program for Local Jurisdictions, please subscribe to the program’s email distribution list by selecting the “Subscribe” button below.