Press release from County Mendocino:

Last year, Mendocino County received $ 2.2 million from the Local Jurisdictional Cannabis Equity Grants program administered by the Governor’s Office for Economic and Economic Development (GO-Biz). In addition, the Board of Supervisor has allocated $ 100,000 in matching grants in support of our local cannabis equity program, which aims to provide funding and services to those hardest hit by the war on drugs by removing the barriers to approval and licensing of cannabis will be lowered.

In order to qualify for funding through the Cannabis Equity Grant, all interested applicants must prove their eligibility by completing an application for equity eligibility opened on February 5, 2021. Those who apply and can prove that they meet the requirements of the program will receive the Mendocino County Local Equity Entrepreneur Program (LEEP) designation and identification number of the applicant, with which they can apply for grants and services from February and March.

Steps to Become an Eligible Applicant:

  1. Check that you meet the eligibility criteria by visiting our website and reviewing the application requirements. (The criteria are also listed below)
  2. From February 5, 2021, identify yourself as a share applicant by submitting an application for share entitlement. You can find more information about online application on our website.
  3. Equity Eligibility Applicants will be notified when they meet the criteria and receive an Equity Applicant Identification Number. Equity-screened applicants can apply for grants in three categories starting in February and March: District Fee Exemption, Direct Technical Assistance in Business Development or Cooperative Cannabis Education, and Direct Grants. Find out more on our website.

You can find more information on our website:

Eligibility Requirements for Mendocino County Cannabis Equity Applicants:

  • You must be authorized to submit a cannabis application, permit and / or license to operate a cannabis business in the unregistered areas of Mendocino County, whose activities are specific to cultivation, nursery, processing, manufacture, laboratory analysis, distribution or retail of cannabis.
  • Have a household income that is defined as “very low income” or “extremely low income” for Mendocino County in the 2020 income limits set by the California Department of Housing and Community Development.
  • And you must meet one of the following equity requirements:
    • They lived within 5 miles of the site of the raids carried out by the Campaign against the Planting of Marijuana (CAMP).
    • Have a parent, sibling, or child arrested or convicted of selling, owning, using, manufacturing, or growing cannabis (including as an adolescent).
    • Anyone who has obtained or applied for a cannabis permit in Mendocino County, or who has worked in the cannabis industry, or currently works in the cannabis industry, who has been arrested and / or convicted of a non-violent cannabis-related offense or has been subject to an asset forfeit due to a cannabis use -Event.
    • Is a person who has experienced sexual assault, exploitation, domestic violence and / or human trafficking while participating in the cannabis industry.
    • Have become homeless or have lost their homes as a result of cannabis enforcement.

If you have any questions about eligibility, please send an email [email protected]

Mendocino County Cannabis Program

Planning and building technology

860 N. Bush St.

Ukiah, CA 95482

Phone: (707) 234-6680

E-mail: [email protected]