October 8, 2021
Qualified Cultivator Funding Opportunity
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.