Cannabis Equity Grants Program for Local Jurisdictions


February 5, 2020 – The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is pleased to announce the release of the 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 March 9, 2020, 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 before starting and while completing the application.

Resources and Required Documents


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.”

In accordance with the California Cannabis Equity Act as amended by AB 97 (Stats. 2019, Ch. 40), the California Bureau of Cannabis Control entered into an interagency agreement with GO-Biz for fiscal year 2019-2020 to administer 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.

Contact Information

For questions or technical assistance about the Cannabis Equity Grants program for Local Jurisdictions, email us at 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.