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In February 2020, the City of Sacramento received $1.12 million in grant funds from the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) to assist local jurisdictions in implementing a social equity program.  Read the City Council Report accepting funds from the BCC on February 4, 2020 here

With these funds, the Office of Cannabis Management established the CORE Business Reimbursement Program, in which cannabis Business Operating Permit (BOP) applicants who have completed or were enrolled in the CORE Program are eligible to receive a reimbursement of up to $25,000 for expenses incurred towards obtaining their permit. 

As of March 2021, the program has expended all its funding and have funded at least 50 requests from CORE businesses.


CORE grant program 2021 funding cycle

In March 2021, the City of Sacramento received $1.8 million in grants from the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz) to help increase equity in the cannabis industry. Of these funds, $1.4 million were allocated towards the CORE Grant Program.  Approximately 10% is allocated for direct technical assistance while another 10% is allocated towards the cost of administering the program.  

i. SMALL GRANTS (UP TO $5,000)

The application period for small grants with a funding of up to $5,000 opened on March 21, 2022.  After a review of applications,  31 CORE applicants received small grants of up to $5,000 each. Recipients of the small grants can be viewed here.

ii. LARGE GRANTS (UP TO $125,000)

The application period for large grants opened on January 19, 2022 for CORE participants with a leased or owned locations.  Under this grant program, CORE members can request up to $125,000 on a first-come-first-served basis.  Following a review of requests,  a total of 13.5 requests were approved for funding.