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Local Jurisdiction Retail Access Grant

Local Jurisdiction Retail Access Grant

Nearly two-thirds of California cities and counties do not allow the establishment of any regulated cannabis retailers within their jurisdictions. This limits consumer access to regulated and tested cannabis.

To address this, the Retail Access Grant provides local governments with resources to develop and implement cannabis retail licensing programs. $20 million in total funding is available, distributed in two phases.  

By supporting local governments in establishing cannabis retail licensing programs, this grant seeks to provide existing consumers with sufficient access to tested, regulated cannabis in the legal market, promoting consumer safety and reducing demand in the illicit market. 

Funding rounds

Funding is distributed in two phases:

  • Phase I: in June 2023, DCC announced awards of over $4 million in funding to 18 cities and counties to develop and implement local cannabis retail licensing programs. 
  • Phase II: awards funding to eligible cities and counties based on the number of local cannabis retail licenses that they issue. The Phase II application period will open in October.
    • Over $15 million in total funding is available in Phase II. 
    • An eligible jurisdiction may apply for funding in Phase II even if it did not participate in Phase I. 

Phase II funding opportunity 

Phase II of this program provides funding to eligible local governments based on the number of cannabis retail permits they issue. 

Subject to available funds, the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) intends to award up to the following amounts per local license issued: 

  • $150,000 for each eligible cannabis retail license issued, or 
  • $300,000 for each eligible equity cannabis retail license issued. 

A maximum of $2 million per jurisdiction will be awarded in Phase II. 

Eligibility: Local jurisdictions (city, county, or city and county) that: 

  • Prior to July 1, 2022, did not have a cannabis retail licensing program in existence; 
  • Has a plan to develop and implement a cannabis retail licensing program; and 
  • Has issued one or more cannabis retail licenses to cannabis businesses within the jurisdiction of the city or county pursuant to that program. 

Application Periods: Phase II applications will be accepted in the following months, subject to available funding: October 2023, March 2024, September 2024, March 2025, September 2025, March 2026. 

Grant materials

In August 2023, DCC released Phase II Grant Guidelines.  

DCC had previously released Grant Guidelines in February 2023, when Phase I application materials were made available. Those Grant Guidelines now apply only to Phase I.  For clarity, the Phase I and Phase II Grant Guidelines are now available as two separate documents: 

Phase I Grant Guidelines

Phase II Grant Guidelines

Phase II application periods 

Event  Date  
Application Period 1  
Opens on October 1, 2023, at 8:00 a.m.  
Closes on October 31, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.  
October 1 – 31, 2023  
Application Period 2  
Opens on March 1, 2024, at 8:00 a.m.  
Closes on March 31, 2024, at 5:00 p.m.  
March 1 – 31, 2024  
Application Period 3  
Opens on September 1, 2024, at 8:00 a.m.  
Closes on September 30, 2024, at 5:00 p.m.  
September 1 – 30, 2024  
Application Period 4  
Opens on March 1, 2025, at 8:00 a.m.  
Closes on March 31, 2025, at 5:00 p.m.  
March 1 – 31, 2025  
Application Period 5 
Opens on September 1, 2025, at 8:00 a.m.  
Closes on September 30, 2025, at 5:00 p.m. 
September 1 – 30, 2025 
Application Period 6  
Opens on March 1, 2026, at 8:00 a.m.  
Closes on March 31, 2026, at 5:00 p.m. 
March 1 – 31, 2026 
Table: Phase II Application Periods

A jurisdiction may apply for funding during multiple application periods but only one application per jurisdiction per application period will be accepted. 

Phase II application materials 

Phase I grant awards

The following jurisdictions received grant awards in Phase I of the Local Jurisdiction Retail Access Grant:  

JurisdictionBase Award AmountEquity Bonus FundsTotal Phase I Award  
City of Riverside  $325,000 $150,000  $475,000  
Los Angeles County $325,000  $150,000 $475,000  
City of Hawthorne  $225,000  $90,000   $315,000  
Nevada County  $200,000   $75,000   $275,000   
City of West Sacramento  $175,000   $60,000   $235,000   
City of Claremont   $150,000   $45,000   $195,000   
City of Montclair   $150,000   $45,000   $195,000   
City of Covina  $175,000  N/A  $175,000  
City of Corcoran  $125,000  $30,000  $155,000  
City of Bell Gardens   $150,000   N/A   $150,000   
City of Calabasas   $125,000   N/A   $125,000   
City of Avenal  $100,000   $15,000   $115,000   
City of Sand City  $100,000   $15,000   $115,000   
City of Winters  $100,000   $15,000   $115,000   
City of Yreka  $100,000   $15,000   $115,000   
Totals   $2,525,000   $705,000   $3,230,000  
Table: Phase I grant awards

About this funding 

The grant program is authorized by the Budget Act of 2022, Item 1115-102-0001, found in Assembly Bill 178 (Ting, 2022)


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