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FAQs - 2020 Cannabis Social Equity Grant

We’ve compiled answers to some of the most commonly asked questions from Year 2. Feel free to email or call us if you don’t find what you’re looking for here.


Which communities are considered to have been disproportionately impacted by the criminalization of cannabis?

Ample evidence exists of the disproportionate impact that cannabis prohibition and the war on drugs has had on black, indigenous, and communities of color. It is your responsibility to provide us with information about the impact (current and/or intergenerational) that cannabis policies have had on the community your project/program will serve.


What are allowable costs for this grant?

Activities, efforts, and materials needed for the performance of the grant program/project are generally allowable costs for reimbursement. Costs accrued solely to promote or advance the awardee business or organization may not be eligible for reimbursement.

Unallowable costs include (but are not limited to): some political activities (for example, activities to promote a specific candidate); purchase of cannabis inventory; purchase of alcoholic beverages; purchase of real estate. Please check with the grant manager if you have questions about a specific item in your proposed budget.


How can a very small organization meet the insurance requirements?

We encourage organizations of all sizes to apply! Small organizations can ask a larger partner organization or neighborhood coalition to be their fiscal sponsor. This relationship can provide infrastructure and insurance support.


Can we apply ourselves even if we know we will be mentioned as a subcontractor in someone else’s application?

Yes. The review panel will determine how to best handle the funding for this situation. The limitation is that you may not receive double or layered funding from this grant for the same body of work.


Are partnerships a requirement for this grant?

No. Partnerships are encouraged, since they help build community and can expand impact, but they are not required.


Can you apply if your program provides services outside the City of Portland?

Possibly. This funding should primarily provide a benefit within the City of Portland boundaries. Call us to discuss your situation.


How much can I request to cover indirect costs in my budget?

15% of your total requested amount can be used towards indirect costs. Indirect costs are necessary general costs of operating the organization or business but not directly tied to this particular grant. Things like, rent, utilities, office supplies, general administrative staff salaries would fall into this category.


Can I call if I have more questions?


For more information

You can find information about the 2020 Cannabis Social Equity Grant on its page and download an application.


Call (503-823-2094) or email Kimie Ueoka, Policy Coordinator, Cannabis Program


The City of Portland ensures meaningful access to City programs, services, and activities to comply with Civil Rights Title VI and ADA Title II laws and reasonably provides: translation, interpretation, modifications, accommodations, alternative formats, auxiliary aids and services. To request these services for this document or program, contact Kimie Ueoka at 503-823-2094, City TTY 503-823-6868, Relay Service: 711.