How to Apply | Before you Apply | Application Materials | Online Application

To qualify for an Equity Loan, 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 Loan.

    To apply for a City of Oakland Cannabis Permit, start here: https://www.oaklandca.gov/topics/cannabis-permit-process-step-by-step

  2. Received an email from the City Administrator’s Office verifying the Loan Applicant’s equity status.

    To obtain your equity status confirmation email, please contact cannabisapp@oaklandca.gov.

  3. Identified a location to operate the cannabis business for which they are applying for a loan, 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 cannabisapp@oaklandca.gov.

  4. The equity qualified individual(s) of the Loan Applicant have completed and received a certificate from the Make Green Go’s entrepreneurship training course.

    To register for your Make Green Go entrepreneurship training course, visit https://makegreengo.thinkific.com/collections.

  5. Completed a business plan, 12-month monthly financial projections, and a use of proceeds statement.

    If you don’t have these materials, Make Green Go’s entrepreneurship course can assist; please contact Make Green Go for assistance as needed at https://makegreengo.thinkific.com/collections.

  6. Secured access to a checking account or means by which to cash a check from the City of Oakland for the loan amount.

  7. Completed additional Tier-specific requirements found here