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CORE Business Reimbursement Program

Business Operating Permit (BOP) applicants who have completed or are currently enrolled in the CORE program are eligible to receive a reimbursement of up to $25,000 for expenses incurred towards obtaining their permit. Requesters must own at least 51% of business. Reimbursement funds are provided by the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) Equity Grant Fund award to the City of Sacramento.  Read City Council report here accepting funds from the BCC on February 4, 2020.

To submit a reimbursement request, please download the reimbursement request form and submit completed form along with a W9, a CA 590 form, and receipts to the Office of Cannabis Management either by:

 a.     Mail addressed to:

Office of Cannabis Management

  915 I Street, 2nd Floor

  Sacramento, CA 95814; OR

b.     Email to cannabis@cityofsacramento.org

For questions or more information, please contact us at (916) 808-8955 or send an email to cannabis@cityofsacramento.org.

What is the CORE Business Reimbursement Program?

The CORE Business Reimbursement Program provides an opportunity for CORE applicants to receive up to $25,000 in reimbursement for certain qualifying start-up expenses. Reimbursements are available on a per permit basis.

What is the eligibility to participate in the reimbursement program?

Reimbursement requesters must:

  • Be verified by CORE facilitators (Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce and Greater Sacramento Urban League) to be CORE-eligible;

  • Graduate or currently going through SACC’s Sacramento Grow Green program or GSUL’s Sacramento Green Equity program;

o   NoteCORE-eligible applicants that have been issued a Business Operating Permit (BOP) will not be required to go through the program(s) retroactively;

  • Hold a current BOP or has an active BOP application; and

  • Applicant has 51% ownership of the business 

What are examples of qualifying reimbursable expenses?

Reimbursable expenses include:

  • Building permit fees;

  • State application fees;

  • Fees for other permits necessary to operate (e.g. Air Resources Board, County Environmental Health Division, Water Districts);

  • Rent

o   Applicants who paid for a CUP may qualify for a rent reimbursement up to the total amount of their CUP fees;

o   A shared manufacturing facility Type S license holder may qualify for a rental reimbursement; and

o   Incubators providing space to a certain number of CORE graduates may qualify for a rental reimbursement.

  • Security Deposit

  • Security System

  • SMUD power upgrade

  • Equipment specific to the BOP holder’s business type (e.g. manufacturing equipment, cultivation equipment, secured storage or safes, equipment for delivery vehicles, inventory management system, etc.)

  • Business-related training and education

Is there a deadline to qualify for the reimbursement funds?
The reimbursement program is funded through the Cannabis Equity Grant Fund in the amount of $1,197 million awarded by the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC). Per BCC requirements, funds mus be disbursed within 12 months of the date of award (February 4, 2020). Reimbursement will be available for the next 12 months or until the funds run out, whichever comes sooner.
Can I apply for reimbursement more than once?
Yes, as long as the total reimbursable expenses do not exceed $25,000 per BOP application/permit.
Can multiple applicants submit reimbursement for the same business?
No. Only the CORE applicant who holds at least 51% ownership of the business can submit for reimbursement.
Why does the reimbursement form request demographic data?
The BCC grant requires the City collect specified de-identified demographic data on individuals receiving these funds and provide it to BCC in an annual report. The City created a separate page in the reimbursement application so that this information may be de-identified from the reimbursement request upon receipt.