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California offers cannabis-related grants to local governments to fund programs and universities to fund research.

Grants for local governments

Local Jurisdiction Assistance Grant Program

California is committed to quickly transition cannabis businesses from provisional to annual licenses. One-time grant funding, totaling $100 million, is available to help eligible jurisdictions participate in this effort. Extra funds are available for eligible local jurisdictions with social equity programs. The funds seek to target areas with the highest numbers of provisional licensed businesses. Large numbers of small, legacy and equity businesses operate within these areas.

Eligibility: 17 cities and counties with the highest numbers of provisional licenses

Status: DCC awarded grant funding in January 2022.

Local Jurisdiction Retail Access Grant

As of August 2022, 61% of California cities and counties (330) do not allow cannabis retailers. This makes it harder for consumers to access safe, tested cannabis products. 

California allocated $20 million to help local governments establish cannabis retail licensing programs. This grant program aims to: 

  • Reduce local barriers to access
  • Support the expansion of California’s legal cannabis marketplace
  • Reduce the need for consumers to turn to the illicit market
  • Reduce the size of the illicit market

Eligibility: California cities and counties that do not allow cannabis retailers

Status: The first round of funding, $10 million, will open in Spring 2023. 

Equity program grants

Equity programs support cannabis businesses run by people who were negatively or disproportionately affected when cannabis was illegal.

California offers funds to cities and counties to:

  • Assess cannabis equity in their area
  • Create a cannabis equity program
  • Support an existing cannabis equity program
  • Directly help equity applicants and licensees through:
    • Technical assistance
    • Reduced or waived fees
    • Low or no-interest loans or grants
    • Help securing a business location
    • Help recruiting, training or retaining a qualified and diverse workforce
    • Business resilience, such as emergency preparedness

Application process

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development awards equity program grants. Sign up for updates about equity grants, including when they’re accepting applications.

Previous grant recipients

California has awarded $40 million in equity grants.

2020

Cities and counties received nearly $1.15 million to conduct a cannabis equity assessment or develop a local equity program.

Local jurisdictionFunding awarded
County of Lake$150,000
County of Monterey$150,000
County of Nevada$149,999.95
City of Palm Springs$149,397.90
City of San Jose$149,300.37
City of Santa Cruz$147,666.75
City of Clearlake$98,890.43
City of Coachella$93,783.26
City of Stockton$60,000

Cities and counties received nearly $29 million to directly help equity applicants and licensees.

Local jurisdictionFunding awarded
City of Oakland$6,576,705.76
City of Los Angeles$6,042,014.23
City & County of San Francisco$4,995,000
City of Sacramento$3,831,955.93
City of Long Beach$2,700,000
County of Humboldt$2,459,581.02
County of Mendocino$2,245,704.40
2019

All cities and counties that met the grant requirements received at least $100,000.

Local jurisdictionFunding awarded
City of Los Angeles$1,834,156.39
City of Oakland$1,657,201.65
County of Humboldt$1,338,683.13
City & County of San Francisco$1,338,683.13
City of Sacramento$1,197,119.34
City of Long Beach$913,991.77
City of San Jose$560,082.30
County of Santa Cruz$560,082.30
City of Coachella$500,000
City of Palm Springs$100,000

Grants for public universities

Cannabis Academic Research Grants

The Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) funds scientific research at California public universities to study the effects of adult-use cannabis legalization. At least $10 million is available each year for researchers.

DCC funds cannabis research about:

  • Public health
  • Criminal justice and public safety
  • Economic impacts
  • Environmental impacts
  • Cannabis industry

Eligibility: California public universities

Status: DCC issued a Request for Proposals on October 5, 2022. Questions on the grant requirements, RFP and application will be accepted until October 14, 2022.

Grants for law enforcement

Impaired driving  research grants

The California Highway Patrol funds research to combat impaired driving, including:

  • How to reduce crashes caused by impaired drivers
  • Increasing awareness of the dangers of impaired driving
  • Improving highway safety

These grants are available to California:

  • Law enforcement agencies
  • City and county crime laboratories

Other California grant opportunities

California offers other grants related to cannabis. You can view a list of all funding opportunities on the California Grants Portal.

California Grants Portal