Step by step

Apply for grants to support your cannabis business (pilot)

Equity cannabis businesses can apply to get reimbursed for business expenses.

Most equity businesses may get up to $40,000 to $50,000. 100% equity owned businesses with applications formally referred to Planning are eligible for up to $100,000.

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Check if you are eligible

You must meet some criteria to qualify for a grant.

As of October 14, 2020, you must:

  • Be a Verified Equity Applicant with a unique ID number
  • Have a cannabis business application with a status of processing, under-construction, or approved (any other statuses are not eligible for grants)

You can get reimbursed for expenses like rent, fees, compliance, fixtures, cannabis testing, and capital improvements.

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Start process to do business with the City

You must be able to do business with the City of San Francisco to get funding. 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 get your funding. You can finish the process later.

Register to be a City bidder

Include your bidder number on your application or email it to cannabisgrants@sfgov.org at a later time.

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3

Prepare your documents

You may need the following insurance if you’re an operating business

  • General Liability Insurance
  • Automobile Insurance, if applicable
  • Workers' Compensation, if you have employees
  • Product liability insurance, if applicable

If you own your business 100%, you may need other waivers.

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Learn about the grant and send in questions

Time:

Mid-October

You can attend an informational webinar to learn about this grant. It will take place on October 15, 2020, 12 pm to 1 pm. If you missed the webinar, you can view the recording on YouTube.

Email cannabisgrants@sfgov.org with any questions about the grant process.

Download FAQs.

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Apply to get grant money

Time:

Deadline is December 1, 2020

When you apply, we will ask you:

  • Demographic questions
  • Information about you or your point of contact
  • Information about your business

Apply for the grant

We will let businesses know how much money they can expect to get by December 2020.

 

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Finish process to do business with the City

To ultimately get funding, you must apply to be a City supplier, after registering as a bidder. You must also sign a grants contract provided by the City.

If you are not yet a City supplier, you must apply to have that status through the Office of Contract Administration.

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Claim reimbursement

Time:

March 12, 2021

You will get information about how to claim your reimbursement when you sign your grant agreement. 

You can get reimbursed for expenses related to:

  • Capital improvements
  • Fixtures and equipment
  • Legal services
  • Local and State application, licensing, and regulatory fees
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Rent payments
  • Testing of cannabis

All eligible businesses can get reimbursed for expenses incurred between August 2020 and March 2021.

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Get reimbursed from the City

We’ll reimburse you for eligible expenses.

Keep your records. We may follow up to make sure the funds were used appropriately.

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Last updated October 27, 2020