On Monday, the online portal to apply for this year’s California Community Reinvestment Grant, a program to assist residents harmed by the War on Drugs, will open up and offer health, wellness and economic-justice funds.
- Last year, the program made its first round of awards, amounting to $9.6M for 69 grantees. The funding paid for “job placement, mental health treatment, substance use disorder treatment, system navigation services, legal services to address barriers to reentry, and linkages to medical care for communities disproportionately affected by past federal and state drug policies.”
- Funded by excise and cultivation taxes, the Office of Business and Economic Development program makes $30M available for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. Next year the number moves to $40M, and then $50M for 2022-2023, where it’s set to remain.
- Applicants will have until Nov. 2 to submit.