Nevada County Good To Grow Grant Program-Now Open!

Nevada County Cannabis Cultivators Invited to Apply for Good to Grow Grants

Current legal cannabis applicants and those interested in entering the regulated market in Nevada County can apply for financial assistance from the County’s new Good to Grow Grant Program. The County has partnered with the Sierra Business Council to administer and disperse approximately $1.3 million to cannabis applicants and cultivators.  

To Apply, Review FAQ's and then Do Eligibility Quiz

  1. Potential applicants are encouraged to review the Frequently Asked Questions section below before taking the eligibility quiz.  
  2. Take the Eligibility Quiz and Application.
    Application period opens today February 1, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. and runs through February 28, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. PST!

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Grant Workshops

Sierra Business Council is hosting a workshop to answer questions for those considering applying for the grants:

About the Program

The Nevada County Good to Grow Grant Program is intended to address the challenges that are a result of the historical criminalization of cannabis and to create a more equitable and inclusive cannabis industry. The Grant Program has secured two separate grant funds from the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC). The program has been designed to provide support and assistance to existing cannabis applicants and those who may be interested in entering the regulated cannabis market. 

GOBIZ Local Jurisdiction Assistance Grant 

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) awarded Nevada County $756,000 to reduce the barriers to entering the regulated cannabis marketplace. The grant program aims to support those who want to participate in the regulated market but may be facing economic or other significant restraints that previously prevented entry, i.e., those negatively affected by illicit cannabis cultivation. The Equity Program will assist applicants with costs associated with commercial cannabis, including local and state fees, licensing, regulatory costs, capital improvements, licensed professional consultants, environmental site development, best management/sustainable practices, business and employee education, training, and assistance with bringing properties into compliance.

DCC Local Jurisdiction Assistance Grant 

To bolster the Equity Program and provide more funding opportunities, the Cannabis Division was awarded approximately $1.2 million through the Department of Cannabis Control’s Local Jurisdiction Assistance Grant. The Local Jurisdiction Assistance Program will also focus on allowing existing, provisional commercial cannabis applicants to transition to annual licensing, a requirement of the Department of Cannabis Control. 

Application Period

All applications received between February 1, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. and February 28, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. PST will be considered. Applications will be evaluated, with the grant funds to be distributed among all applicants found eligible according to the eligibility requirements.

This is not a first-come, first-served program. Applications will be evaluated as they are submitted and final amounts will not be determined or distributed until after the application period has closed on February 28th at 11:59 p.m. PST. 

Additional Assistance and Questions

If you need assistance, you can contact Sierra Business Council, the grant administrator, at 530-582-4800 x123 or erobins@sierrabusiness.org.

Good to Grow Grant Program Process

Please note:

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STEPSDESCRIPTIONCURRENT STATUS
Present Cannabis Equity Assessment and Program Manual to Board of Supervisors for ApprovalCompleted
Create ProgramCompleted
Apply For Grant FundingCompleted
Accept Grant AwardCompleted
Begin Program
Completed

Application Window OpenNow Open-Feb 1, 2024



Cannabis Equity Assessment Sets Foundation for Cannabis Equity Program

Equity is a key consideration as the state of California transitions the cannabis industry to legal status. Local Equity Programs are developing throughout the state in response to California Senate Bill 1294 the California Cannabis Equity Act of 2018. In order to develop a safe, legal, environmentally responsible, and thriving cannabis industry, Nevada County needs an equity program that makes sense for residents and considers the unique needs and assets of the community.

The Board of Supervisors and staff partnered with the California Center for Rural Policy (CCRP) at Humboldt State University to create a Nevada County Cannabis Equity Assessment (CEA). The purpose of this assessment is to:

  • Provide a data-informed look at the history of impacts of poverty and cannabis criminalization on the community. 
  • Provide policy recommendations to guide the county in the development of a Local Equity Program. The program aims to help community members most impacted by criminalization and poverty to enter and thrive in the legal cannabis workforce. 
  • Make recommendations for future research. This research will help assure that there is equity and diversity in the emerging cannabis industry. 

The Cannabis Equity Assessment will inform the program's equity eligibility requirements, which are outlined in the Local Equity Program Manual. The Program serves to further the Board Objective to maintain and continue to improve the cannabis permitting to promote permitted cannabis activities. By creating a formal process to identify those uniquely affected by past cannabis policies, staff and community stakeholders will be able to assist those most impacted, particularly smaller growers.

Nevada County Cannabis Equity Assessment