California Community Reinvestment Grants Program Update


CALIFORNIA:  10-27-2020 Important Note: The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development is aware that the California Attorney General’s Registry of Charitable Trusts (RCT) Registry Verification Tool is currently down for maintenance and may be unavailable until after the application due date.

In lieu of the screenshot showing eligibility, please upload a Word document stating that you have verified your organization’s RCT status as either “Current” or “Exempt”.  Applicants can visit to check their status using the Charity Registration Reports downloadable Excel files.  GO-Biz will still independently verify the RCT status and all Community-based Nonprofit Organization (CBO) applicants, including all CBO partners in a Collaborative Application, must have a status of “Current” or “Exempt” by the application due date, which is November 2, 2020.  There will be no exceptions to this requirement.


09-28-2020 The California Community Reinvestment Grants (CalCRG) program Grant Solicitation for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020–21 is now available. The Grant Solicitation includes an overview of the program, eligibility criteria, application components and requirements, and the evaluation process and scoring criteria.

The Online Application Portal is now open and can be accessed by clicking the “Apply Now” button above. The application process is divided into two phases, and Phase 1 applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm on Monday, November 2, 2020. Please review the Grant Solicitation for additional details.


Required Documents


The CalCRG program was included in The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Proposition 64), which was approved by California voters on November 8, 2016. In accordance with the proposition, GO-Biz will award grants to local health departments and qualified community-based nonprofit organizations to support the following activities for communities disproportionately affected by past federal and state drug policies, also known as the War on Drugs (WoD):

  • Job placement
  • Mental health treatment
  • Substance use disorder treatment
  • System navigation services
  • Legal services to address barriers to reentry
  • Linkages to medical care

The mission of the CalCRG program is to advance health, wellness, and economic justice for populations and communities harmed by the WoD. The CalCRG program’s guiding principles are that its efforts will be:

  1. Responsive to and focused on populations and communities disproportionately impacted by the WoD.
  2. Grounded in science and data, while being receptive to emerging and innovative approaches.
  3. Advancing whole person, trauma-informed care.
  4. Accountable to taxpayers and stakeholders.


The CalCRG program is funded by the cannabis excise and cultivation taxes imposed by Revenue and Taxation Code sections 34011 and 34012, respectively.  Contingent upon sufficient tax proceeds generated, the funding for the grant program is as follows:

  • $30 million in fiscal year 2020-21 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021)
  • $40 million in fiscal year 2021-22 (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022)
  • $50 million in fiscal year 2022-23 (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023) and each year thereafter

At least 50 percent of the grant funding will be allocated to qualified community-based nonprofit organizations.