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Oregon Cannabis Assoc Announces Cannabis Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) Applications Start Date 1 February


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Applications will be accepted on February 1 on a first-come, first-served basis. The funds will be distributed starting March 1. Please send your questions and complete applications to cerfapps@orcannabisassociation.org.

CONTEXT

On Wednesday, December 1, 2021, Portland City Council passed the Cannabis Emergency Relief Fund (CERF). City Council’s approval allocates $1.33 million in cannabis tax revenue to Portland’s cannabis industry recovery efforts. The vote is historic as Portland becomes the first government jurisdiction in the nation to allocate cannabis tax revenue to help cannabis businesses and workers as they continue to experience the effects of thefts, COVID-19 and fires in Forest.

Board approval allows Civic Life to provide non-competitive umbrella grants to three community partners—NuLeaf Project, initiative and the Oregon Cannabis Association– to support and stimulate emergency relief grants for cannabis businesses and individuals. Applications will begin to be accepted on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Fund is designed to support businesses and employees who have been directly impacted by COVID-19, increased vandalism and crime, and the wildfires of 2020. Businesses can also use the grant to help pay the City of Portland’s deferred license fees from the previous year in order to stay in compliance and avoid further economic hardship.

The Cannabis Emergency Relief Fund will provide Once grants from up to $25,000 for small licensed cannabis businesses within Portland city limits or ancillary businesses that derive 80% of their revenue from cannabis businesses within Portland city limits, and up to $5,000 to cannabis industry workers economically impacted by COVID-19, vandalism, theft, wildfires, and the residual effects of illness, trauma, and grief suffered from these impacts.

ELIGIBILITY

If you are applying as a company, you must be a licensed cannabis business in good standing with the City of Portland Cannabis Program AND:

  • The business is operated by a historically disadvantaged owner (minority, women, veteran, small business and/or low income) WHERE
  • Hold three (3) or less pending or active regulatory marijuana licenses by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) AND
  • Had annual revenue of less than $2.0 million in annual revenue for the 2020 calendar year if the business began operating on or after January 1, 2020
  • Had annual revenue of less than $2.0 million in annual revenue for the 2021 calendar year If the business began operations on or after January 1, 2021

Other required eligibility:

  • Company headquarters must be located in Oregon and/or company must do business in Portland, Oregon.
  • The business has at least one full-time employee. Please note: if the business has sole proprietorship or owners, this may also count as an employee.
  • Candidates’ employees must be on their payroll and have payroll deductions. Please note: independent contractors do not count towards the number of employees.
  • Be registered, current, and in good standing with the Office of the Oregon Secretary of State
  • Be current and in good standing with applicable local, state and federal tax and licensing authorities.
  • Applicable licenses are compliant and in good standing with local and national licensing agencies.
  • Meet the technical requirements of the program, including the ability to provide financial records.
  • Certify intent to remain in business for at least six months.
  • One-time eligibility during fiscal year.
  • Funds are to be applied only to licensed businesses and/or their employees in Portland.
  • Not eligible for expenses covered by other grants and/or insurance.

If you are applying as an individual, you must work for an OLCC-licensed grower, processor, wholesaler, or retailer, including licensees working in a business authorized or managing information in CTS, AND

  • Have an approved and active OLCC Marijuana Worker License, AND
  • Being part of a historically disadvantaged population, WHERE
  • Annual income does not exceed 80% of the median income for the Portland metropolitan area

WHERE

Must have previously worked for an OLCC licensed grower, processor, wholesaler or retailer and be terminated and/or terminated after March 2020, AND

  • Have proof of an expired OLCC marijuana worker license after March 2020
  • Being part of a historically disadvantaged population, WHERE
  • Annual income does not exceed 80% of the median income for the Portland metropolitan area

OTHER REQUIRED ELIGIBILITY:

  • Work in the city of Portland

Source: https://orcannabisassociation.org/cerf-program/



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