The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) last week called for concept proposals from cannabis growers for its upcoming Cannabis Restoration Grant Program (CRGP). The agency said in a press release that the grant program will help cover costly remediation projects that address “environmental damage in water catchment areas affected by cannabis cultivation and related activities.”
CDFW accepts applications from autumn 2021 to spring 2023. The application process is divided into three steps: advice, pre-application and complete application. The consultation is optional according to the press release, but offers potential applicants the opportunity to discuss the applicability and eligibility of their proposal with the CDFW staff.
“We expect our new skilled grower program to help with remediation projects that may be unaffordable for many smaller growers, as well as promoting environmentally sound practices. We hope this support will help growers move from provisional to annual licensing status. ”- Jeremy Valverde, CDFW’s cannabis program director, in a statement
For all details on the concept advice and funding priorities of the program, CDFW has made an overview of the concept advice request available for download.
“This is a great opportunity to help our local small cannabis farms overcome the financial barriers many face on the road to compliance,” said Peggy Murphy, economic development specialist for Humboldt County. “I look forward to learning more about this funding opportunity, participating in the application process, and helping members of our cannabis community gain access to this valuable resource.”
Last month, two California cannabis brands were fined heavily for violating state environmental laws, including suspected use of illegal pesticides and herbicides, improper removal of vegetation, and other violations.
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Graham, based in Portland, Oregon, is the editor-in-chief of Ganjapreneur. He has been writing about the legalization landscape since 2012 and has been working at Ganjapreneur since our official launch in 2014.