June 30, 2022
The Cannabis Restoration Grant Program awarded over $1.7 million from its Qualified Cultivator Funding Opportunity (QCFO) in the first round of approvals!
- Sun + Earth Certified was awarded $395,643 for planning and capacity building to support sustainable cultivation practices for their cannabis cultivator network. The grant will also provide the framework necessary to help cultivators secure an annual license and support sustainability projects focusing on land restoration and conservation.
- The Mendocino County Resource Conservation District was awarded $1,388,181 for water conservation projects in the South Fork Eel River Watershed. The funds will focus on three cannabis cultivation sites and will be used to design and install three rainwater collection systems, perform irrigation infrastructure upgrades, develop and implement an invasive species management plan, install native, pollinator-friendly plants and prepare site-specific California Environmental Quality Act documentation required for cannabis cultivators.
- The QCFO is accepting applications through spring of 2023! Review the Solicitation(opens in new tab) and contact CRGP if you are interested in applying under this funding opportunity.
Final Public Land Cleanup and Remediation Solicitation & Final Watershed Enhancement Solicitation are currently closed, applications under review.
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.
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.
See the Cannabis Program page for information relevant to environmental review and permitting of cannabis.