California Awards $1.7 Million In Grants To Support Sustainable Marijuana Cultivators

California Awards .7 Million In Grants To Support Sustainable Marijuana Cultivators
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California officials have awarded more than $1.7 million in grants help promote sustainable marijuana cultivation practices and assist growers with obtaining their annual licenses. This is the first round of Qualified Cultivator Grant Program funding that’s being made available through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Cannabis Restoration Grant Program (CRGP). Grants are awarded to eligible non-profits, government entities and tribes, which can then distribute funds to individual grower applicants. A total of $6 million will be allotted through the program, which was first announced in August 2021 and will remain open for applications through April 2023. CDFW Awards First Funds From Qualified Cultivator Grant Program — California Department of Fish and Wildlife (@CaliforniaDFW) July 8, 2022 Beside assisting cultivators in processing and paying for annual licensing, the grants are meant to support environmental sustainability in the cannabis sector. For example, they can be used to enhance water conservation and fund restoration projects. For this first round, the cultivation certification organization Sun+Earth received $395,643 for planning purposes and to expand their operations, with a focus on land restoration and conservation on marijuana farms across the state. The Mendocino County Resource Conservation District was awarded $1,388,181 for water conservation projects in the South Fork Eel River Watershed. The money is being specifically allocated to install three rainwater collection systems, upgrade irrigation infrastructure, manage invasive species and bring in native, “pollinator-friendly plants.” “These are well-conceived and timely planning projects that will result in lasting benefits to fish and wildlife resources and the habitats they depend upon for survival,” Acting Cannabis Program Director Sarah Paulson said in a press release. “Supporting these entities will help preserve California’s natural resources and pave the way for future cannabis farmers in the regulated market.” The qualified cultivator program involves three steps: consultation to develop…

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