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.
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.
NRCS will award $250,000-$10 M in funding to locally driven, public-private partnerships that improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability. Partners must offer value-added contributions to amplify the impact of the funding in amount equal or greater to NRCS’ investment.
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.
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.
Pacific Gateway Center’s Job Creation through Agriculture Program
/ Oahu, Hawaii
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.
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.
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 allocation of funds. PSMFC is currently working out the application logistics and will release the application soon.
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.
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.
The City and County of Honolulu will make grants to small businesses of up to $10,000 for purposes of paying rent, overhead and utilities, as well as costs for necessary COVID-19 modifications. The C&C of Honolulu’s Small Business Relief and Recovery Fund is now open to commercial fishing small businesses! Apply here.
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.
Kahiau Rural Business Development Microloan Program
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.
The Livestock Forage Disaster Program provides payments to assist commercial ranchers that have suffered grazing losses due to a qualifying drought during the normal country grazing period. Livestock owners and contract growers who have covered livestock and who are also producers of grazed forage crop acreage are eligible.
Previously known as Hawaii Farm Credit, American AgCredit is a privately-run, agriculture lending company. They provide a variety of loans for land, equipment, construction, leasing, crop insurance, and more from $10,000-$20M.
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.
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.
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.
The Kokua Maui County Small Business Recovery & Relief Fund helps local small businesses survive and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. The fund covers reimbursable business expenses up to $7,500 limited to rent/lease payments, utility payments, and COVID-19 related safety precautions at the place of business.
Maui County has extended the Farm Product Purchase Program for another 10 weeks, with additional funds to purchase $75,000 of beef. Commercial farmers and ranchers with produce and beef available are welcome to join this program, regardless of whether they’re a MCFB member or not. To participate, call Heidi Watanabe, FPPP produce coordinator, at (808) 357-8593.
Pacific Gateway Center’s Social Enterprise Program
/ Oahu, Hawaii
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements
This program provides funds to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to install renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements. The purpose of this program is to reduce energy costs and consumption.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Organic producers and handlers can receive reimbursement for the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification up to $750. There are two organic certification cost share programs: 1) National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP), available to producers and handlers, and 2) Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Organic Certification Cost Share Program, available to certified organic crop and livestock operators.
USDA Rural Development is accepting applications from agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements. Contact for application assistance.
This program funds up to $10,000 in one-time reimbursements to businesses 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.
The USDA held a RISE program listening session covering the uses of the RISE grant. This grant aims to establish job accelerators with related programming that creates high-wage jobs in distressed rural communities, accelerates the formation of new businesses, strengthens regional economies, and helps rural communities identify and maximize local assets and connect to regional opportunities and industry clusters. RISE grants are provided on a first come, first serve basis. Examples of previous projects include an innovation center providing vocational and educational resources to help broaden the local aquaculture industry. Funds may be used for construction, the purchase of a building, equipment and costs associated with the job accelerators. It has a $500,000 minimum and $2 M funding cap. Click here to listen to the RISE listening session and here to view the presentation slides. The RFP will open in Fall 2020.
Pacific Gateway Center’s Agriculture for Human Trafficking Survivors
/ Oahu, Hawaii
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.
This program provides funding up to $500,000 for projects that address the sanitary, phytosanitary and technical barriers that prohibit or threaten the export of US specialty crops. Funds can be used for things like seminars, workshops, study tours, field surveys, pest and disease research, and more. Funding is intended to benefit an entire industry or commodity rather than a specific company or brand. To see previous TASC projects, click here.
Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP)
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.
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.
Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Grants
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.
Grants for producers to integrate research and education to conduct on-site/on-farm experiments in an effort to improve production, marketing, and the environment with the guidance of a technical advisor.
•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.
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.
Hawaii Community Foundation is offering grants for projects that address one or more phases of their four-phased approach to community resilience. The four phases are: (1) Risk reduction, (2) Rapid relief and response, (3) Recovery and stabilization, (4) Rebuilding resilience.