Grants to California nonprofit organizations, agencies, and Native American tribes for activities to repair environmental damage caused by illegal cannabis cultivation. Funding is intended for the implementation of new licensing practices and sustainable cultivation practices.
Currently, the Cannabis Restoration Grant Program has the opportunity to grant funds in support of partnerships to clean up, remediate, and restore watersheds affected by cannabis cultivation, and related activities. Funds under this Solicitation will be available for projects statewide. However, if proposed projects are within a Cannabis Priority Watershed, as defined by the State Water Resources Control Board in coordination with CDFW, and/or identified as a priority stream in the California Water Action Plan, they will receive higher scores during the proposal evaluation process.Applications may be considered under one or both of the following project priorities: Transition from Provisional License to Annual License – To transition to an annual license, provisional licensees must meet all regulatory requirements in Title 3 of the California Code of Regulations, sections 8102, 8105, and 8106. Eligible activities under this project type include, but are not limited to: cleanup, remediation, and restoration, professional services, consulting, and infrastructure. Eligible costs include but are not limited to: compliance costs (except those costs described above), meeting the avoidance and mitigation requirements approved in the project’s CEQA document, or county permitting requirements. If the applicant is representing a provisional license cultivator, actions outlined must lead to the issuance of an annual license from the licensing authority. Sustainable Cannabis Cultivation Practices – Sustainable cannabis cultivation practices should alleviate direct and indirect environmental impacts of cannabis cultivation and enhance environmental stewardship. Activities that may be eligible include but are not limited to: sustainable water consumption, sustainable waste management, integrated pest and disease management, erosion control, and/or riparian protection.
All proposed projects must benefit qualified cultivators as defined here: https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=194897&inline#page=4 and provide co-benefits. Co-benefits may include, but are not limited to: Habitat improvements and/or species conservation – Habitat improvements and/or species conservation may include improvements for birds, bats, pollinators, and/or aquatic species; water conservation; minimizing the spread of invasive species; and enhancing native habitat and habitat connectivity. Promote Equity – Promoting equity may include participation in or support of, any local equity program as defined by the Business and Professions Code (BPC), Division 10, Chapter 23, Section 26240 (e), which includes prioritizing cultivators that may qualify as equity applicants as defined by local assessments. Equity programs2 may include those established by any local jurisdiction to focus on inclusion and support of individuals and/or communities that were negatively or disproportionately impacted by cannabis criminalization as described by the local jurisdiction’s equity assessment.Project Categories:Planning Only: Planning grants provide funding for activities that will lead to a specific on-theground implementation project.Planning and Implementation: Applicants may request funding for both planning and implementation phases of a project. Grant funds may be used to fund planning efforts directly linked to an implementation project that is implemented and completed within the grant agreement termImplementation Only: Implementation grants fund construction and monitoring of shovel-ready restoration and enhancement projects.For additional details about project categories, see pages 6-7 of the Solicitation document below.