To qualify for an Equity Grant, applicants must have completed the following:

  1. Applied for a City of Oakland Cannabis permit; the permit does not have to be issued for an applicant to apply for an Equity Grant.

    To apply for a City of Oakland Cannabis Permit, start here:

  2. Received an email from the Special Activity Permits Division verifying the Grant Applicant’s equity status.

    To obtain your equity status confirmation email, please contact

  3. Identified a location to operate the cannabis business for which they are applying for a Grant, and received a City of Oakland cannabis permit inspection card for this identified site.

    To obtain your permit inspection card for your identified site, please contact

  4. The equity qualified individual(s) of the Grant Applicant have enrolled in GRASS business coaching found here and completed and received a certificate from the Oaksterdam Financial Literacy Course found here.
  5. Completed a business plan, 12-month monthly financial projections, and a use of proceeds statement.

    Click here for sample business plan questions

    Click here for sample financial projections

    Click here for sample budget/use of proceeds statement

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  6. Secured access to a checking account or means by which to cash a check from the City of Oakland for the Grant amount.
  7. Completed additional Tier-specific requirements found here