The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) is pleased to announce the availability of funding authorized by the California Cannabis Equity Act of 2018 established by Senate Bill 1294 (Bradford 2018) and the Budget Act of 2019, Item 1111-490 – Reappropriation (Equity Grant Funding). The Equity Grant Funding allows for direct assistance to local jurisdictions’ commercial cannabis equity programs that provide assistance to local equity applicants or local equity licensees.

The Bureau has been appropriated ten million dollars ($10,000,000) for these grants to be distributed no later than June 30, 2020. All qualifying jurisdictions that meet the criteria and requirements for grant funding will receive a minimum grant of one-hundred thousand dollars ($100,000), unless a lesser amount is requested. Remaining funds will be disbursed using a point-based scoring system as described in the Local Equity Grant Guidelines.

The Equity Grant Funding application process will be conducted through an online portal which will be accessible from July 31, 2019 through August 30, 2019. To apply for grant funding, a local jurisdiction must submit an application as well as all required documentation. To be eligible for grant funds, all applications must be submitted no later than August 30, 2019. The application must be completed in one session. There is no “Save” feature to allow the partial completion and submission at a later time.

Links to the application, Guidelines, Government Agency Taxpayer ID form, the Department of Finance (DOF) Population Estimates for Cities, Counties, and the State - January 1, 2018 and 2019, and the Budget Act of 2019 – Item 1111-490 – Reappropriation with specifics for Equity Grants are provided below.

Questions regarding the application should be directed to Kaila Fayne at bccgrants@dca.ca.gov or (916) 465-9025.