What to do
If you are selected for an award, the grant will pay for your work in helping equity cannabis applicants and businesses.
1. Check if you are eligible to apply
You must be able to do business with the City of San Francisco. If you are not yet able to, you can register to be a City bidder.
You must ultimately become a City supplier (after registering as a bidder) to start work. You can finish the process after you send in your proposal.
You must have been in operation since March 9, 2020.
2. Decide to apply for the RFP
We are looking for organizations to help cannabis businesses with:
- Navigating permit and grant processes
- Workforce development
- Business development
Equity cannabis businesses and applicants will be able to work with you as pro bono consultants later. The grant is meant to pay for your work.
An informational webinar was held on September 14, 2020. A recording of that webinar is available here.
3. See RFP documents
We will ask you for information on your business’s:
- Experience providing technical support (especially for marginalized populations and cannabis industry)
- Cost estimate for services you will provide
- At least 3 professional references
4. Submit your questions by September 17
We will post a PDF with answers to the RFP questions by September 22.
5. Send in your proposal
Save all your documents into one PDF file and attach it to the email.
After you apply
An independent committee across several City departments will review the RFPs in September and October. We plan on making our final selections in November 2020.
If you are not yet a City supplier, you must apply to have that status through the Office of Contract Administration.
Cannabis equity applicants and businesses will be able to hire you pro bono by late 2020 or early 2021.
Last updated September 17, 2020