MCA Updates on Mendocino Policy

Equity Program

  • The Equity Program has been further revised to enhance accessibility and efficiency.
    • CLICK HERE for approved revisions
      • Enhanced Direct Grant criteria
      • Enabled full Direct Payment in one tranche
      • Removed Income Threshold – any income levels may now apply
        • will prioritize existing Equity Applicants under the previous Income Threshold from initial cohort
      • Will require all County taxes to be paid up in full
    • CLICK HERE to apply on the Elevate Impact Mendocino website!

Local Jurisdiction Grant Assistance Program

CLICK HERE for Program Information

The Budget Act of 2021 authorized the Local Jurisdiction Assistance Grant Program (Grant Program) which allows the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) to award $100 million in funding, on a one-time basis, to local jurisdictions with commercial cannabis licensees needing the greatest assistance in transitioning from provisional licenses to annual licenses.  The Grant Program funds will aid local jurisdictions in more expeditiously reviewing local permitting requirements, including project specific California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review.  Additional funding has been allocated to those local jurisdictions that have received grant funding from the state to support the already established local equity program.  Because the County of Mendocino has established a state recognized local equity program, and because the County has a significant number of commercial cannabis cultivation businesses, the County is eligible to apply for $18,084,837.00 in Grant Program funding. 

Eligible Grant Program expenditures may start no earlier than the date of approval by the local jurisdiction to enter into the Grant Agreement with the DCC and to accept the funding under the Grant Program.  The application period for the Grant Program opens on October 8, 2021 and closes on November 15, 2021.  Eligible costs, and uses, for funding may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Local government review, technical support, and certification for application requirements.
  • Local government or other professional preparation of environmental documents in compliance with CEQA for permits, licenses, or other authorizations to engage in commercial cannabis activity.
  • Mitigation measures related to environmental compliance, including water conservation and protection measures.
  • Other uses that further the intent of the program as determined by the DCC, or as identified on a case-by-case basis through review of the local jurisdiction’s application and Annual Plan, including Budget Forms.

Portal Updates

The Portal is due to close on October 30, 2021

CLICK HERE for Portal Process Survey

CLICK HERE to email the Board of Supervisors to ask them to extend the Portal Window

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