Project Trellis Offers Three Levels of Support for Humboldt County Cannabis Businesses


<![CDATA[It’s no secret that many of California’s legal cannabis businesses have been struggling to thrive since the state launched its first adult-use sales in 2018.To help support the industry, the County of Humboldt launched Project Trellis in 2019 as a three-tier initiative that provides business support and resources to the industry, covering cannabis business micro-grants, local equity, and marketing and promotion.“It was created through a resolution that provided 10% of our local cannabis cultivation taxes to be returned to the community through this project,” said Peggy Murphy, economic development specialist for the County of Humboldt. “It covers three basic programs.”The Micro-Grant Program offers grants of up to $10,000 for cannabis and ancillary businesses—including cultivators, retailers, distributors and manufacturers—for projects approved by the Project Trellis Committee. The grants are competitive, and applications go through the committee for scoring and ranking.In its first year, Project Trellis awarded $180,000 in microgrants, and in its second year, it awarded $519,000. The grants have funded a variety of projects, Murphy said, including business’ organic certifications, water tanks and solar panels.The Local Equity Program is based off California Senate Bill 1294, which encouraged the state’s counties to create a Cannabis Equity Assessment, and then a local equity program, in order to apply for state funds to support local equity programs.Humboldt County ultimately won three awards—one from the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) for $1.3 million and two from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development for $2.4 million and $1.05 million.Murphy said Project Trellis initiated its Local Equity Program using the original BCC award and is in the final stages of contracting with those awardees.Project Trellis launched an updated version of its equity program, “Version 2.0,” on Aug. 16, using the second award of $2.4 million and incorporating feedback from the community, stakeholders and funders.Finally,…

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