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The Chaffee County Marijuana Excise Tax Advisory Board is accepting grant applications from community organizations interested in funds raised from the sale of recreational marijuana. Grants awarded for 2019 will range from $1,000 to $25,000.

An open meeting to allow potential applicants to ask questions about the application process is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 11, at 3 p.m. in the Chaffee County Board of Commissioners meeting room at 104 Crestone Ave., Salida.

Chaffee County voters approved a Marijuana Excise Tax proposed by the county commissioners in November 2016. The excise tax is levied on the first sale or transfer of unprocessed retail (recreational) marijuana from retail cultivation facilities in Chaffee County. This year the tax is estimated to be approximately $100,000.

The county commissioners appointed members to the Marijuana Excise Tax Advisory Board, which has developed the grant application and evaluation process.

Organizations eligible for grant money include programs under the supervision of Chaffee County Human Services or Public Health, nonprofits serving the youth of Chaffee County and other nonprofit organizations proposing to provide human services (including youth services), public health services (including mental health) or workforce and family housing as well as government agencies for the regulation of marijuana and other drugs and enforcement of related laws.

Applications are available online at the Chaffee County website at, and printed copies can be picked up at the Chaffee County Administrative Offices, 104 Crestone Ave., second floor, in Salida.

The deadline for submitting grant applications to Chaffee County Administrative Offices is Monday, Nov. 19. The Marijuana Excise Tax Advisory Board will make their funding recommendations to the county commissioners in January 2019. Distribution of the excise tax funds is subject to approval by the county commissioners.

submitted by the Chaffee County Marijuana Excise Tax Advisory Board