California Launches New “Community Reinvestment Program” for Those Hit By the War On Drugs

The state announced a new grant program last week to help communities that have been hurt by the War on Drugs.

The California Community Reinvestment Grants (CalCRG) program will be funded from cannabis tax revenue. $30 million will be made available for the 2020-21 fiscal year. In the next two fiscal years, that will increase to $40 million and $50 million.

The grant money will be distributed to eligible health departments and nonprofits to foster employment, mental health services, legal services, and addiction treatment.

“The mission of the CalCRG program is to advance health, wellness, and economic justice for populations and communities harmed by the WoD,” according to a news release.

Applications will be accepted Monday, September 28 through Monday, November 2.

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