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File #: 21-1114    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Approval Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 9/29/2021 In control: Cannabis
On agenda: 10/5/2021 Final action:
Title: Discussion and Possible Action Regarding Amendments to the County of Mendocino Cannabis Equity Program Including, But Not Limited To, 1) Eliminating the Income Threshold Associated with the Cannabis Equity Program's Eligibility Criteria, 2) Allowing Direct Grant Funds to be Dispersed in a Single Tranche, 3) Expanding the Direct Grant Criteria, and 4) Authorizing and Directing the Cannabis Program Manager (Director) to Execute Grant Agreements with Eligible Equity Awardees on Behalf of the County (Sponsor: Cannabis)
Attachments: 1. 10-05-21 MCA Correspondence, 2. 10-04-21 Clein Correspondence, 3. 10-04-21 CCAG Correspondence, 4. 10-05-21 Supervisor Williams Draft Analysis of Cannabis Tax Revenue, 5. 10-05-21 Birger Correspondence

TO: Board of Supervisors
FROM: Cannabis
MEETING DATE: October 5, 2021


DEPARTMENT CONTACT:
Kristin Nevedal
PHONE:
707-234-6680


ITEM TYPE: Regular Agenda

TIME ALLOCATED FOR ITEM: 60 minutes


AGENDA TITLE:
title
Discussion and Possible Action Regarding Amendments to the County of Mendocino Cannabis Equity Program Including, But Not Limited To, 1) Eliminating the Income Threshold Associated with the Cannabis Equity Program's Eligibility Criteria, 2) Allowing Direct Grant Funds to be Dispersed in a Single Tranche, 3) Expanding the Direct Grant Criteria, and 4) Authorizing and Directing the Cannabis Program Manager (Director) to Execute Grant Agreements with Eligible Equity Awardees on Behalf of the County
(Sponsor: Cannabis)
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RECOMMENDED ACTION/MOTION:
recommendation
Direct staff to amend the County of Mendocino Cannabis Equity Program including but not limited to 1) eliminating the income threshold associated with the grant program's eligibility criteria, 2) allowing direct grant funds to be dispersed in a single tranche, 3) expanding the direct grant criteria to reflect the criteria outlined in statute, and 4) authorize and direct the Cannabis Program Manager (Director) to execute grant agreements with eligible equity awardees on behalf of the County.
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PREVIOUS BOARD/BOARD COMMITTEE ACTIONS:
On October 13, 2020 the County of Mendocino Board of Supervisors approved the Local Equity Entrepreneur Program (LEEP) and authorized the Chief Executive Officer to execute the Grant Agreement, including the contract for Administrative Services.

On July 20, 2021 the Board of Supervisors directed Staff to increase the income threshold for eligibility from "extremely low" and "very low" to the "moderate", to simplify the application process, to increase the direct grant award to $50,000 to be disbursed in two $25,000 tranches, and to report back to the Board of Supervisors in September 2021 on the impact of the amendments.

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