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 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 Applicant must 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. Provides Qualified Equity Individual legal identification (Driver’s license, Passport, Government ID)
  6. For those who own more than 20% of the business, provides legal identification (Driver’s license, Passport, Government ID)
  7. Provides bank statement first page with the name of the party that the loan check should be made payable to (either to Verified Equity Applicant as an individual or to a Business of which the Verified Equity Applicant owns 50% or more)
  8. Provides tax returns for the most recent past two years which demonstrate that the Applicant had an annual income at or less than eighty (80) percent Oakland average median income (AMI) adjusted for household size.
  9. Provides number in household as declared on tax return
  10. Completed a business plan, 12-month monthly financial projections, and a sample budget/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

    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.

  11. Click here to see requirements by Tier