Cannabis Restoration Grant Program

multiple images - cannabis operation, Pacific fisher, water diversion, waterfall, and cannabis growing in ground


October 8, 2021

Qualified Cultivator Funding Opportunity

  1. New Solicitation and Pre-application - The Qualified Cultivator Funding Opportunity, Proposal Solicitation Notice (Solicitation)(PDF)(opens in new tab) is now open and Pre-applications (Word) are being accepted for submission. Applications will be accepted until spring of 2023. Please review the Solicitation for more information.
  2. Virtual Public Workshop (Updated) - CRGP will host an online public workshop (PDF)(opens in new tab) to discuss the Solicitation and the multi-phased application process on October 21, 2021 from 09:30-11AM. This presentation will be recorded and posted on the CRGP webpage.
  3. Consultation Request - The Concept Consultation Request opportunity will be open until December 1, 2022 for the Qualified Cultivator Funding Opportunity. A link to the project consultation request form and more information can be found in the Concept Consultation Request Notification (Updated on 10/08/2021) (PDF)(opens in new tab).

Watershed Remediation and Enhancement Solicitation Awards Announced

CRGP awarded four projects totaling $966,649 under the Watershed Remediation and Enhancement, Proposal Solicitation Notice (Solicitation). This Solicitation was released from the CRGP in April 2021, with $2 million total funding available from the Environmental Restoration and Protection Account pursuant to Revenue and Taxation Code section 34019(f)(2). The CRGP received seven proposals seeking approximately $1.6 million in grant funding for this Solicitation. Projects approved for funding through the Watershed Remediation and Enhancement Solicitation include:

  • Barker Creek Roads Sediment Treatment ($172,691 to Eel River Watershed Improvement Group) - The proposed project is to develop plans, baseline data collection, project designs, permitting and environmental compliance for road treatments to reduce sediment impacts to anadromous fisheries in Barker Creek Watershed in Trinity County.
  • Reclaiming our California Wildernesses from the Damage of Illegal Cannabis Cultivation ($388,855 to Integral Ecology Research Center) - The project activities include the direct removal of refuse, hazardous chemicals, environmental contaminants, and the dismantling of infrastructure from illicit public land cannabis cultivation complexes within Monterey and Trinity County. As a complementary component, the project will identify interested organizations and develop their capacity to implement IERC-developed reclamation and safety protocols.
  • Lost Coast Forestland Flow Enhancement and Habitat Restoration ($277,936 to Salmonid Restoration Federation) - This project will result in 100% design plans and fully executed environmental permits for ~7 million gallons of off-stream water storage and associated piping infrastructure to capture wet season runoff and augment dry season flows on the recently acquired Lost Coast Forestland property (938-acre property) located near the headwaters of Upper Redwood Creek in the South Fork Eel River in Humboldt County.
  • Wildlife Conscious Certification Pilot Program: Enhancing Habitats and Connectivity for Wildlife on Licensed Cannabis Farms ($127,167 to Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation) - The Wildlife Conscious Certification pilot program has four demonstration farms participating in this initial stage and is designed to improve wildlife conservation on cannabis farms using scientifically-based management practices. CDFW has participated in the development of the program as subject matter experts and may continue to advise Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation in this limited technical capacity.


California's fish and wildlife are severely impacted by illicit cannabis cultivation practices including unlawful water diversions for irrigation, conversion of lands, poaching, and use of prohibited herbicides, rodenticides, and other environmental contaminants. Learn about how cannabis cultivation can impact the environment.

In 2017, Assembly Bill 243 (Wood, Medical Marijuana) provided direction to CDFW to restore watersheds impacted by cannabis cultivation in key areas of coastal Northern California. CDFW granted funds to four implementation projects, totaling approximately $1.3 million, for refuse and infrastructure removal, and replanting efforts.

In early 2020, through the Environmental Restoration and Protection Account and pursuant to Revenue and Taxation Code section 34019(f)(2), a planning project was approved for approximately $1.1 million in grant fund to help restore the upper Eel River, which has been impacted by cannabis cultivation. See links below for further project details.

Currently, the Cannabis Restoration Grant Program has the opportunity to grant funds in support of partnerships to clean-up, remediate, and restore watersheds affected by cannabis cultivation, and related activities. The Cannabis Restoration Grant Program: Updates and Opportunities (YouTube)(opens in new tab) video provides general CDFW Cannabis Program background and build-out followed by an overview of the Cannabis Restoration Grant Program, with details regarding available and developing funding opportunities.

Refuse and irrigation piping removed and organized for helicopter removal from the Bull Creek Watershed
Refuse and irrigation piping removed and organized (left and top right) for helicopter removal from the Bull Creek Watershed (bottom right). Photos courtesy of the Watershed Restoration Grant Program and Eel River Watershed Improvement Group.

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

Current Cannabis Restoration Grants


Completed Cannabis Restoration Grants


  • October 21, 2021 - Online public workshop to discuss the Qualified Cultivator Funding Opportunity Solicitation from 9:30-11AM.
  • October 08, 2021 - Qualified Cultivator Funding Opportunity, Proposal Solicitation Notice is released, pre-applications open for submission.
  • August 30, 2021 - CRGP launches the concept consultation period in preparation for the Qualified Cultivator Funding Opportunity.