Oregon Cannabis Assoc Announces Cannabis Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) Applications Start Date 1 February


Here’s all the info APPLY Applications will be accepted on February 1st on a first come, first served basis. Funds will be dispersed starting March 1st.  Please send any questions and completed applications to cerfapps@orcannabisassociation.org. BACKGROUND On Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, Portland City Council passed the Cannabis Emergency Relief Fund (CERF). City Council’s approval allocates $1.33 million in Cannabis tax revenue toward recovery efforts for Portland’s cannabis industry. The vote is historic as Portland becomes the first government jurisdiction in the country to allocate cannabis tax revenue to help cannabis businesses and workers as they continue to endure the impacts of robberies, COVID-19, and wildfires. Council’s approval allows Civic Life to provide non-competitive, umbrella grants to three community partners—NuLeaf Project, The Initiative and the Oregon Cannabis Association—to support and stimulate emergency relief grants for cannabis business and individuals. Applications will begin to be accepted on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022 on a first come, first served basis. The Fund is designed to support businesses and employees who were directly impacted by COVID-19, increased vandalism, and crime, and the 2020 wildfires.  Businesses may also use the grant to help pay for prior year deferred City of Portland licensing fees in order to remain in compliance and avoid further economic hardship. The Cannabis Emergency Relief Fund will provide one-time grants of up to $25,000 for small sized licensed Cannabis businesses within Portland city limits or ancillary businesses with 80% of their income from cannabis businesses within Portland city limits, and up to $5,000 to cannabis industry workers economically impacted from COVID-19, vandalism, robberies, wildfire, and the residual effects of illness, trauma, and grief suffered from such impacts. ELIGIBILITY If you are applying as a business you must be a licensed, cannabis business in good standing with the City of Portland Cannabis Program AND: Business is operated by a historically disadvantaged owner (minority, women, veteran, small business and/or low income) OR Hold three (3) or less…

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