Cannabis Business Incubator and Sponsorship Program

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Cannabis Business Incubator and Sponsorship Program

​Under the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (“Act”), the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (“DCEO”) is directed to establish the Cannabis Business Incubator and Sponsorship Programs (“Programs”).

The Department may approve “Hosts” and/or "Sponsors" that agree to provide incubation or sponsorship services to a Social Equity Applicant (SEA) intending to seek a license or a licensee that qualified as a Social Equity Applicant for at least one year.  Existing licensees may participate in the program as part of satisfying the social equity inclusion portion of their license renewal application.

Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis when the application is deemed complete in accordance with programmatic and application requirements.

  • The application for this program can be found here.
  • A copy of the Emergency Rules for the Cannabis Business Incubator and Sponsorship program may be viewed here

Contact:
Tiffany Hawkins, Cannabis Loan and Grant Program Manager
Tiffany.Hawkins@illinois.gov