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Hawaii People’s Fund

Grant

Private

/ Statewide

Grant/Loan Information

This fund provides grassroots organizations with up to $5,000 grants for projects that ensure the most vulnerable communities can stay safe. Examples of projects include participatory mutual aid projects serving vulnerable communities through means such as food justice.

Deadline

Unclear

SNAP/EBT at Farmers Markets Grant

Grant

Private

/ Statewide

Grant/Loan Information

Hawaii Farmers Market Association is offering mini-grants to farmers markets across Hawaii to help increase local food access to low-income communities. Markets who currently accept SNAP may apply for $500 for marketing assistance, and markets who want to start a SNAP acceptance program may apply to receive $4,000 in grants and technical assistance from HFMA. Grants will be awarded on January 20, 2021.

Deadline

12/20/2020

Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

This program provides funding for projects that enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. This program is particularly interested in projects that emphasize research, education and outreach that assists farmers and ranchers with whole farm planning by delivering practical research-based information. State agricultural experiment stations, colleges and universities, other research institutions and organizations, private organizations, foundations or corporations, and individuals may apply.

Deadline

1/14/2021

American Agri-Women Daughters of American Agriculture Scholarships

Grant

Private

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

Two scholarships of $1,000 each are available to any farm, ranch, or agribusiness woman or her daughter. These funds may be used go pursue accredited courses directly related to agriculture.

Deadline

3/1/2021

Hawaii Business Pivot Grant

Grant

Statewide

/ Statewide

Grant/Loan Information

This program is comprised of three elements: a grant, an online marketplace, and workshops and technical assistance. The online marketplace is open to any business in Hawaii with a GET license or DCCA Certificate of Good Standing. The application can be found here. The pivot grant provides reimbursements of up to $10,000 to businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 100 employees that have had to adjust to marketplace changes due to COVID-19. Businesses must have suffered economic injury, must operate in a physical commercial space or have a TMK associated with their business operation location, and have ben in business prior to 3/20/2020. Business owners must also be residents of Hawaii. Eligible expenses are broken down into categories: new product or service, new market, new marketing and sales channel, re-branding or re-positioning, physical distancing measures, and process improvement, automation and retraining. Finally, this program provides technical assistance, workshops, training and consultant resources to help businesses pivot their operations. The dates of these upcoming webinars from 10/26-11/16 can be found here, and the Marketplace section here can be used to find business consultants. For any questions, call (808) 657-3495 or email hawaiibizpivot@cochawaii.org.

Deadline

11/23/2020

Extension Risk Management Education Competitive Grants Program

Grant

Federal

/ Western States

Grant/Loan Information

Organizations with a demonstrated capacity to develop and deliver outcome-based risk management education and training programs to agricultural producers and their families are welcome to apply for up to $50,000 of funds. These funds may be used to educate agricultural producers about risk management activities, including farm financial benchmarking, business planning and technical assistance, market assessment, and more. The goal of this program is to help producers learn and use tools that can help reduce the effects of factors outside their control such as weather, yields, credit, global markets, and more.

Deadline

11/19/2020

Hawaii Energy Relief Grant

Grant

Private

/ Statewide

Grant/Loan Information

The Hawaii Energy Relief Grant may cover up to 100% of total project costs (up to $25,000 per application) of an energy efficiency project. The grant award will be disbursed after project completion after all required documentation has been submitted, verified and approved by Hawai‘i Energy. Small businesses and nonprofits are welcome to apply.

Deadline

11/30/2020

Sea Pact

Grant

Private

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

Sea Pact aims to advance sustainable fisheries and responsible aquaculture practices through funding projects in four focus areas: Sustainable Fisheries Partnership’s Target 75 Initiative, Domestic Aquaculture Advocacy, Aquaculture Education, and the responsible joint Sea Pact seafood sourcing policy. Sea Pact accepts LOI year-round.

Deadline

Year Round

Biodynamic Association Scholarship Fund

Grant

Private

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The Biodynamic Scholarship Fund serves farmers, aspiring farmers, and those interested in learning and developing skills in biodynamics but lack the financial resources to participate in educational opportunities. By providing scholarships to individuals to attend the North American Biodynamic Conference and other events organized by the Biodynamic Association as well as biodynamic workshops or coursework at participating education centers in North America, the Biodynamic Association hopes to make education more accessible to all.

Deadline

Rolling Basis

Holomua Hawaii Program

Grant

Local

/ Hawaii

Grant/Loan Information

This program funds up to $10,000 in one-time reimbursements to businesses, sole proprietors, and nonprofits in Hawaii County. COVID-19 related business interruption costs from 3/23/2020 are eligible. Interested applicants can view the program FAQs here, and apply through the participating federal credit unions. Reimbursements are meant to support core operations, safe ongoing and reopening costs, PPE, and training and technical assistance.

Deadline

12/30/2020

Pacific Gateway Center’s Social Enterprise Program

Grant

Private

/ Oahu, Hawaii

Grant/Loan Information

The Pacific Gateway Center’s Social Enterprise Program provides technical, social, and monetary support to entrepreneurs that create jobs for vulnerable populations and revitalize the community.


This program can provide direct access to capital such as facilities, equipment, and funding for businesses looking to expand their operations. The program also provides one-on-one coaching for business needs with special classes for taxes, legal issues, marketing and more. It also provides access to childcare, transportation assistance, and language access support. If interested, email sep@pacificgatewaycenter.org.

Deadline

Year Round

Rural Business Development Grant

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The Rural Business Development Grant provides technical assistance and training for small rural businesses with fewer than 50 new workers and less than $1M in gross revenue. There is no maximum grant amount. There are two types of grants: enterprise grants and opportunity grants. To see examples of both enterprise and opportunity grants, click here.

Deadline

Unclear

NOAA Assistance

Grant

Federal

/ Statewide

Grant/Loan Information

NOAA Assistance is available for commercial, charter, subsistence fisheries, aquaculture, processors, and fishery-related businesses. Business must be able to show harm greater than 35% loss of revenue compared to last year’s 5-year average, while subsistence, cultural and ceremonial fisheries only need to show negative impacts. The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission has received Hawaii's $4M allocation of funds.

Deadline

11/23/2020

FSA’s Disaster Set-Aside Loan Provision

Loan

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

Farmers with USDA farm loans who have been affected by COVID-19 can have their next payment set aside. The set-aside payment’s due date would be moved to the final maturity date of the loan or extended up to 12 months (for annual operating loans). USDA has also announced additional farm loan, commodity loan, and crop insurance flexibilities. To view these announcements, click here.

Deadline

TBD

Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Grants

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

Five SARE programs are currently open: 

•Professional Development Grant Program (PDGP) 

This grant program focuses on training agricultural professionals to help them spread knowledge about sustainable agriculture concepts and practices. PDP Grants are limited to $100,000. 

•Research to Grassroots Grant Program (R2GP) 

Successful R2GR projects will take the research results from previously funded SARE projects and bring those results into the field through education to ag professionals and producers. The maximum for each project's funding is $75,000.

•Professional + Producer Program

Funding for producers to integrate research and education in an effort to advance environmental, economic and social components, and perform educational outreach to share new knowledge with other producers and agricultural stakeholders.

•Sabbatical Research and Education Program

Funding for faculty around the world to partner with farmers, ranchers, agricultural professionals, and researchers of the Western U.S.

Deadline

11/18, 1/11/2021

Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, increased soil health and reduced soil erosion and sedimentation, improved or created wildlife habitats, and mitigation against increasing weather volatility.

Deadline

Year Round

Hawaii Food Producers Fund

Loan

Private

/ Statewide

Grant/Loan Information

Hawaii Food Producers Fund offers 0% interest loans up to $15,000 to Hawaii food producers through Kiva. Money may be used for any business purpose.

Deadline

No deadline

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program Sustainable Agricultural Systems

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

This program provides funding to projects that promote transformational changes in the US food and agriculture system, with a preference for projects that take a systems approach to sustainable agricultural intensification, agricultural climate adaptation, value-added innovation, and/or food and nutrition translation. State agricultural experiment stations, universities and university research foundations, other research institutions and organizations, federal agencies, national laboratories, private organizations and corporations, and individuals may apply for research, education or extension projects. Universities may apply for integrated projects.

Deadline

7/1/2021

Food Animal Concerns Trust Grant

Grant

Private

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

This program provides up to $2,500 of funding to independent family farmers in the US who raise beef cattle, bison, broiler chickens, dairy cows, goats, laying hens, pigs, sheep, or turkeys. There are three types of grants: grants for farmers pursuing animal welfare certification, grants that help farmers market, sell, and distribute their welfare-certified products, and grants that improve or expand pasture for animals. Grants will be awarded in February 2021, and all projects must be completed by May 2022. Funds may be used for materials (not recurring operational expenses), supplies, equipment, shipping/delivery costs, consultant/professional fees, travel, training, and hired labor.

Deadline

12/1/2020

Recreational Fisheries Competition for the Pacific Islands

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

This competition supports recreational and non-commercial fishing projects in the Pacific Island Region that improve sustainable fishing opportunities, maintain stability of fish stocks, and protect cultural fishing traditions. Individuals, institutes of higher education, nonprofits, commercial organizations, and state and local governments may apply.

Deadline

1/27/2021

Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund (Coming Soon!)

Grant

Private

/ Nationwidee

Grant/Loan Information

The Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund is a small grant program that provides direct assistance to veterans who are in their beginning years of farming or ranching. It does not give money directly to the veteran, but to third-party vendors to for items that will make a crucial difference when launching their farm business. Awards range from $1,000-$5,000.

Deadline

TBD

Farm to School Grants

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

This program provides grants and technical assistance to schools, small businesses, nonprofits, government entities, and more to improve access to local foods in schools. $20,000-$100,000 planning, implementation, and training grants are available. A 25% of cash or in-kind contributions is required.

Deadline

1/8/2021

CFAP 2

Loan

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

Any individual or legal entity that shares in the risk of producing a commercially produced commodity may receive up to $250,000 under CFAP 2. Payments will be made based on a percentage payment factor for the producer’s 2019 sales of eligible commodities, and non-specialty crops, specialty crops, livestock, dairy, floriculture, nursery crops, aquaculture, and more are eligible. **NOTE: CFAP 2 is separate from CFAP 1. You can still receive payment from CFAP 2 even if you received payments from CFAP 1. **NOTE: Many Hawaii-grown crops were added in CFAP 2 including coffee, mac nut, lychee, rambutan, avocado, mango, and more! Don’t know if your commodity is eligible? Use this commodity finder tool to find out!


Translation assistance is available in all USDA Service Centers. The call center, at 877-508-8364, also offers non-English speaking support.

Deadline

12/11/2020

FSA Emergency Loans

Loan

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

Producers suffering from farm related losses directly caused by declared natural disasters, emergencies or designated quarantine areas can apply for up to $500,000 in loans. These funds can be used for restoring or replacing essential property, covering part of the production costs associated with the disaster year, refinance certain non-real estate operating debts, paying family living expenses, and reorganizing the family farming operation. The current interest rate on this loan is 2.25%

Deadline

TBD

OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative

Loan

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

USDA is eliminating red tape to make it easier for applicants to apply for their four loan guarantee programs. USDA will standardize requirements for credit review, loan processing, loan servicing and loss claims across lending problems, create a common loan note guarantee application with consistent forms, issue lenders loan note guarantees within 48 hours after the documentation to prove requirements of the conditional commitment have been met, provide automatic approval to lenders in good standing and are supervised or created by state or federal regulatory agencies, and allow lenders to obtain approval for loans guarantees prior to the start of construction projects. These changes are effective October 1, 2020.

Deadline

TBD

Sarah Bradley Tyson Memorial Fellowship

Grant

Private

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

This fellowship provides $1,000-$3,000 to properly qualified young women who have several years of experience in agriculture, horticulture, or related subjects and are looking to advance their studies through pursuing a masters or doctorate at an educational institution in the United States.

Deadline

3/15/2021

COVID-19 Hardship Relief Program

Grant

Local

/ Oahu

Grant/Loan Information

The C&C of Honolulu offers up to $2,000 per month in financial relief to Oahu households facing economic hardship due to COVID-19. Applicants should have no more than $10,000 in liquid assets and income should be 100% AMI or below.

Deadline

TBD

Pacific Gateway Center’s Agriculture for Human Trafficking Survivors

Grant

Private

/ Oahu, Hawaii

Grant/Loan Information

This program provides support to immigrant, refugee and socially disadvantaged farmers by helping them navigate through regulatory requirements, access farmland, micro-loans, and other forms of capital, connect with commercial farms and restaurants, provide marketing support services, and learn business management and operations.

Deadline

Year Round

Emergent Fund

Grant

Private

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The Emergent Fund supports strategies that help communities respond to rapidly changing conditions. They look to fund projects that support community development through long-term economic or social justice.

Deadline

Year Round

Farmer CSA Mini-Grants

Grant

Private

/ Kauai

Grant/Loan Information

Malama Kauai is distributing $500 rapid-release mini-grants to farmers launching or expanding CSAs with multiple pickup points or home delivery options for kupuna.

Deadline

TBD

Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant Program

Loan

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program provides funding for rural projects through local utility organizations. USDA provides zero-interest loans to local utilities which they, in turn, pass through to local businesses (ultimate recipients) for projects that will create and retain employment in rural areas. The ultimate recipients repay the lending utility directly. The utility then is responsible for repayment to USDA. Applications must be submitted by 9/30/2020 (for the first quarter) or 12/31/2020 (for the second quarter) no later than 4:30 pm to Hawaii’s USDA Rural Development State Office.

Deadline

Year Round

Small Business Relief and Recovery Fund

Grant

Local

/ Oahu

Grant/Loan Information

Businesses, nonprofits, and sole-proprietors with up to $2 million in annual revenue can now apply for this reimbursement program, and businesses with $2-5 million in annual revenue can apply to this program starting October 1. This program provides one-time reimbursements for up to $20,000 in expenses. Businesses that have previously applied can reapply for the remainder of the $20,000. Agricultural businesses are eligible pending an assessment of their TMK/lease of TMK associated with their business operation. Commercial fishermen can also apply for a maximum of $2,500 for qualified expenses. Examples of eligible expenses include rent, utilities, payroll, and physical distancing measures.

Deadline

Until funds are depleted

Agricultural Management Assistance Program

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) is available to eligible agricultural producers in Hawaii. It provides financial and technical assistance to voluntarily address issues such as water management, water quality, and erosion control by incorporating conservation into farming operations.

Deadline

Year Round

Kahiau Rural Business Development Microloan Program

Loan

Private

/ Hawaii

Grant/Loan Information

Kahiau Rural Business Development Microloan Program offers technical assistance and $2,000-$15,000 2% interest loans for businesses to help them develop and build a network. Businesses must have a Native Hawaiian or kama`āina owner/operator and be located on Hawaii Island or Molokai.

Deadline

Until funds are depleted

Molokai Farming Cost Reimbursement Program

Grant

Local

/ Molokai

Grant/Loan Information

The County of Maui OED just announced a second round of funding for the Molokai Farming Cost Reimbursement Program. This program provides up to $5,000 in cost reimbursements to Molokai farmers and ranchers to offset the costs of the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act and state food safety law compliance. For questions, call (808) 553-8100 or email Cynthia.rawlins@mayucounty.gov.

Deadline

12/1/2020

Maui Economic Opportunity Agriculture Micro Grants Program

Grant

Local

/ Maui County

Grant/Loan Information

This program provides up to $25,000 of funding to farms on Maui, Molokai, and Lanai. Funds may be used to expand farm yield capacity and production, improve safety and health practices, increase business acumen, or adopt or increase utilization of technology or business visibility through marketing efforts. Funds will be distributed to the vendors that provide the service, product, or equipment to meet program goals and objectives.

Deadline

TBD

Partners for US Fish and Wildlife Service

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

This program provides direct technical and financial assistance to private landowners in the form of cooperative and grant agreements to restore and conserve fish and wildlife habitats for the benefit of federal trust resources. Partners will be chosen based on their alignment with the US Department of the Interior’s strategic objectives.

Deadline

9/30/2021

Hawaii Small-Scale Agriculture Grant (Coming Soon!)

Grant

Federal

/ Statewide

Grant/Loan Information

HDOA received $1.9 million from the USDA to increase the quality and quantity of locally grown foods in food-insecure communities that import a significant amount of food. In early November, a statewide RFP will be posted on the Hawaii State Procurement website providing farmers, ranchers, producers, home gardeners, and hunters with up to $5,000 a year for up to 3 years, and organizations with up to $10,000 a year for up to 3 years. These funds may be used to purchase tools for equipment, animals, fencing, and enhancing knowledge off food security.

Deadline

TBD

Risk Management Education for Producers Underserved by Crop Insurance Grants Program

Grant

Federal

/ Western States

Grant/Loan Information

This program provides funding to help producers that are underserved by crop insurance understand and implement methods and tools that mitigate operating risk. Projects should include training activities that will help producers take specific actions to generate measurable results. Examples of eligible activities include record keeping, financial literacy, crop insurance education or marketing. Public or private organizations with experience in agricultural education or related training may apply for up to $100,000 of funding.

Deadline

11/19/2020

Seafood Trade Relief Program

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

Fishermen who have been impacted by retaliatory tariffs from foreign governments may be eligible for up to $250,000 in grants relief for eligible seafood species. Producers can apply through their local USDA FSA Service Center.

Deadline

12/14/2020

Maui Micro Business Loan Program

Loan

Local

/ Maui

Grant/Loan Information

The Maui Chamber of Commerce provides 0% interest emergency and working capital loans of $7,500-$25,000 to businesses in Maui County with 10 or fewer employees during the pandemic. The goal of the program is to serve as many small, economically disadvantaged businesses. In addition to loan funding, recipients will also Gian access to business development resources, auxiliary programs and mentorship.

Deadline

Until funds are depleted

PPE Funding

Grant

State

/ Statewide

Grant/Loan Information

The Hawaii State Legislature will provide private or independent medical and dental practices, small hospitals, child, adult or foster care facilities, small businesses, and nonprofits in Hawaii with free PPE. Locally available supplies will be distributed quickly, but it may take up to three months to receive your full order.

Deadline

TBD

Food Sovereignty Tours Scholarship Program

Grant

Private

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

Food Sovereignty Tours offers $50-$600 scholarships to individuals based on need, interest and available funds to provide educational travel opportunities to people from diverse backgrounds and income levels. The goal of the program is to allow recipients build alliances and learn new innovations and strategies from people around the world working to build food justice and food sovereignty.

Deadline

Rolling Basis

2021 Clean Vessel Act Grant

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

This program provides funding to construct, renovate, operate and maintain pumpout stations and waste reception facilities for recreational boaters. Funds can also be used to inform boaters about the use, benefits, and availability of pompout stations and waste reception facilities. Only state governments are eligible to apply, so please make sure to notify your local government if you are interested in this opportunity.

Deadline

11/23/2020

Pacific Gateway Center’s Job Creation through Agriculture Program

Grant

Private

/ Oahu, Hawaii

Grant/Loan Information

This program helps both new and existing agricultural enterprises on Oahu and Hawaii Island by providing access to farmland and micro-loans for low-income farmers, start-up assistance including business plan, promotion and marketing assistance, and education and training on topics such as food safety and regulatory requirements. Language assistance and guidance is also available.

Deadline

Year Round

Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP)

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP) provides financial assistance to producers of livestock, honeybees, and farm-raised fish due to disease, certain adverse weather events, and loss conditions. It also provides assistance for livestock feed and grazing losses.

Deadline

12/31/2020

Certified Naturally Grown Grassroots Fund

Grant

Private

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) Grassroots Fund offers peer-review certification to farmers and beekeepers producing food for their local communities by working in harmony with nature, without relying on synthetic chemicals or GMOs. This fund waives the minimum $150 dues for CNG certification.

Deadline

Year Round

Emergency Conservation Program

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The Emergency Conservation Program provides emergency funding and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters and to implement emergency water conservation measures in periods of severe drought.

Deadline

Unclear

EQIP Organic Initiative

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The EQIP Organic Initiative provides financial and technical assistance to organic producers through contracts up to ten years. Producers must have a USDA National Organic Program Organic Certificate, proof of good standing from a USDA accredited certifying agent, and sell less than $5,000 a year in organic agricultural products or are looking to transition to organic.

Deadline

Year Round

HDOA Emergency Loan for Farmers

Loan

State

/ Statewide

Grant/Loan Information

HDOA provides emergency loans for farmers of up to $150,000 at 3% interest. Loans up to $100,000 will not require credit denials from other financial institutions. HDOA has waived their three-year residency requirements; both citizens and residents are able to apply. Applicants must have devoted most of their time and derive most of their net income from farming. HDOA also offers numerous other loan options, including loans for new farmers, qualified farmers, part-time farmers, food manufacturing, and aquaculture. To learn more about HDOA's loan options, click here or here.

Deadline

No deadline

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