Project Trellis

The purpose of Project Trellis is, in part, to bolster the cannabis industry, and protect future cannabis excise tax revenues by providing services to populations and communities in Humboldt who were adversely affected by the criminalization of cannabis, to develop a framework for supportive programs designed to sustain and grow Humboldt’s cannabis industry, and to assist cannabis businesses as they work to overcome the financial and logistical challenges of coming into compliance.

Funding for the program will come from local cannabis excise tax revenues, cannabis fines and fees, and state funding via SB 1294.


Program Details

Project Trellis is broken into three parts:

Micro-grant program

Aimed at providing capital assistance and business resources to Humboldt County cannabis businesses. An advisory committee will be establish to recommend projects to be funded through this program.

Marketing and promotion

This initiative is designed to promote Humboldt-grown cannabis as a national and industry brand. A Request for Proposals will be issued for these services.

Local Equity Program

To serve those communities and individuals impacted by the war on drugs, and the implementation of which also serves as part of the qualifying criteria to receive Senate Bill 1294 funding.

Project Trellis Grant Application Timeline

Dec 16, 2019Business Grant Applications due
Jan 10, 2020Staff prepares and distributes packets with all completed applications to committee for review and initial scoring
Jan 24, 2020Committee submits scoring sheets back to staff for prep for meeting
Jan 24, 2020January 29, 2020 meeting agenda posted
Jan 29, 2020Regular Committee Meeting - DRAFT Agenda

  • Approve 9/4 and 9/30 meeting minutes
  • Review Applications
  • Select finalists and invite to present before committee on Feb 12, 2020

Feb 12, 2020Special Meeting - DRAFT Agenda

  • Hear application presentations
  • Assign final scores
  • Develop funding/award recommendations for Board of Supervisors
Mar 3, 2020Funding/award recommendations presented for Board of Supervisors
March 3 thru May 2020Awardees finalize contracts with county; funds distributed