Cannabis Restoration Grant Program

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The Cannabis Restoration Grant Program funds projects that restore anadromous salmonid habitat in watersheds most heavily impacted by Cannabis cultivation.

2017 Awards Announced

November 20, 2017 - link opens in new windowCDFW Awards $1.3 million for cannabis restoration projects.

Mitigated Negative Declaration for Cannabis Restoration Projects

As required by the California Environmental Quality Act, CDFW is providing Public Notice of the completion of a link opens in new windowMitigated Negative Declaration (PDF) for the 2017 Cannabis Restoration Projects.

Application Workshop Video Available

If you missed the June 13 application workshop, you can link opens in new windowview the presentation video. Also available is the link opens in new windowpresentation (PDF)

Updates for Application Process - FAQ

CDFW has prepared a link opens in new windowFrequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (PDF) to address questions received. If you would like to see additional questions answered, please email

Please note, SOAR previously referenced Attachment 5, Anadromous Salmonid Recovery Task and Limiting Factors Form. This form is not required as part of the application for the Cannabis Grant Program, and has since been removed from the list of attachments. Thus there seven attachments required, as follows:

  • Attachment 1 - Project Description (Template provided (Word))
  • Attachment 2 - Maps and Graphics
  • Attachment 3 - Engineering Design Drawings
  • Attachment 4 - Budget Tables (Template Provided (Excel))
  • Attachment 6 - Law Enforcement Agency Coordination Plan
  • Attachment 7 - Revegetation Restoration Plan
  • Attachment 8 - Project Information Needed for Programmatic Permits (Template Provided (Word))

2017 Proposal Solicitation Notice Released!

June 5, 2017 - CDFW is now accepting proposals for the 2017 Cannabis Restoration Grant Program. Please see the link opens in new windowProposal Solicitation Notice (PDF) for details. Proposals due Friday, June 30, by 4:00 p.m., PDT. Proposals must be submitted online at link opens in new

June 1, 2017 - Public Meeting Recordings Available:

May 26, 2017 Meeting


California's fish and wildlife are severely impacted by Cannabis cultivation practices including unlawful water diversions for irrigation, conversion of lands, and prohibited herbicides, rodenticides, and other environmental contaminants. The most impacted areas require immediate action on the part of CDFW. Assembly Bill 243 (Wood, Medical Marijuana) provides direction to CDFW to restore watersheds impacted by Cannabis cultivation in key areas of Coastal Northern California.

Projects that conduct habitat restoration activities using methods described in the California Salmonid Habitat Restoration Manual (Flosi et al 1998, 2003, 2006, and 2009) may be covered by CDFW's Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP) programmatic CEQA and permits for Sections 404 and 401 of the Clean Water Act. These projects may also obtain ESA coverage as needed through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' programmatic Section 7 consultation on its regional general permit to the FRGP. See the PSN for more details relevant to permitting requirements.

Documents relevant to permitting:

Focus & Timeline (FY 2017-18)

Approximately $1.5 million is available for Fiscal Year 2017-18 for projects that implement restoration of habitat most heavily impacted by Cannabis cultivation in California's North Coast. The FY 2017-18 Proposal Solicitation Notice, anticipated for release on June 1, 2017, will have more information on eligibility and how to apply.

Cannabis Restoration Grant Program Proposed Timeline (FY 2017-18)
Activity Schedule
Public Meetings May 23 and 26, 2017
Proposal Solicitation Notice Released June 1, 2017
Proposals Due June 30, 2017
Proposal Evaluation Process July - November 2017
Project Awards Announced November 2017
Grants Executed December 2017

See the Cannabis Program webpage for information relevant to environmental review and permitting of Cannabis.