LEEP Designees can apply for up to $50,000 in Direct Grants (disbursed in up to two $25,000 tranches at the discretion of the grant recipient) for purposes of assuring compliance with regulatory requirements of local or state permits or licenses that mitigate adverse environmental effects of cannabis cultivation. Suggested activities include (but are not limited to):
Water storage for irrigation during forbearance periods of surface water diversion required by state or local regulations;
Remediation and relocation of cannabis facilities located within stream side setbacks required by state or local regulation;
Installation of solar electrical systems to replace diesel or gasoline generator power for off-grid cannabis facilities where connecting to the grid is economically infeasible.
Road remediation, watershed mitigation, culverts or infrastructure needed to meet state or local regulations.
Grants for the purpose of employment skill training for eligible equity participants or seeking employment in licensed cannabis operations in Mendocino County.
General business purposes including: (1) Technical assistance or professional services including consultants providing CEQA analysis and Appendix G development, biological studies, bookkeeping, accounting, legal, insurance requirements; (2) business location procurement prior to or during the application process (i.e., rent and/or lease assistance); (3) assistance in required trainings such as Cal OSHA.