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Market Opportunities

Statewide

Foodland Seeking Produce and Products


Foodland hopes to support local farmers by purchasing the supply of food produced until the demand resumes and/or by facilitating food distribution. The goal is to minimize the need to import food. To add any products you may have available, please complete this short form here or contact Foodland at (808) 732-0791. Please note that completing this form does not guarantee market access.




HDOA Farm-to-State Sellers


If you have an oversupply of product, HDOA is able to purchase bulk amounts of product for a conservative price. For inquiries, please email:
Nicole Pfeffer
Email: nicole.y.pfeffer@hawaii.gov
Phone: (808) 973-9573
HDOA Economic Development Specialist

Include available pounds, frequency of availability, quality (off-grade, for instance), and selling price per pound/unit.




USDA Seeking Coffee for Sale


COVID-19 has caused coffee sales to slow or halt for many businesses. SHAC has been in conversation with USDA to facilitate purchases of Hawaiian-grown products for government use. If you have roasted coffee that you would like to make eligible for USDA purchase, please contact:
suzanne@shachawaii.org

Include the total quantity you would like to make available, and the requested price. Also include the format (bag, pods, commercial packs). All information will be kept confidential.




Hawaii Farmers Union United Food Hubs


HFUU is looking for farmers that want to sell to food hubs and increase production. They are also looking for businesses with commercial refrigeration space, and restaurants/food entrepeneurs who want to utilize a ghost kitchen model to prepare family-style meals for pickup or for door-to-door delivery.

HFUU recently assembled a task force to support agricultural communities by aggregating and sorting food into CSA boxes in food hubs and commercial kitchens. They also hope to partner with chefs, caterers, and other prepared foods businesses.
For more information, see here.
To get involved, email:
food@hfuuhi.org




Statewide Food: Resources and Needs


This community-sourced document lists food needs and resources throughout the state in an effort to connect those looking for food with those who are looking to sell. To view this resource, click here.




Additional USDA Food Purchase Plans


As of May 4, 2020, the USDA announced It will purchase $470 M in food during the third quarter of the 2020 fiscal year and distribute it to those in need through CSFP, TEFAP, and USDA Foods in Schools. AMS will begin issuing solicitations in June and intends to begin deliveries in July.

AMS also purchases a variety of domestically produced and processed commodity food products through the AMS Commodity Procurement Program.

To see specific purchase amounts for each program, click here.

AMS will purchase a variety of fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, and seafood products under this additional $470M. To see if the your products are included, click here.

In order to participate in this program, you must be an approved USDA vendor. To learn more about becoming an approved vendor, click here.

To see requirements for USDA product consideration, see here.

For any questions, please contact your commodity procurement division (organized by product). To access this directory, click here.




Hawaii Seed Growers Network


Hawaii Seed Growers Network is looking for seed growers in Hawaii. If you are interested, contact nancyredfeather@hawaii.rr.com or contact them here.





Directories

Food-A-Go-Go


HAF recently added farms and farm-related resources to its free marketing Food-A-Go-Go platform on May 7, 2020. With many farmers’markets initially closed there is no up-to-date information on where to buy local produce. Farmers, especially the smaller producers, are vulnerable with the loss of wholesale distribution to the hotels and closure of farmers’ markets. Many farmers have started their own CSA programs and are selling direct to the consumer. In addition, new CSAs are popping up and offering local produce boxes. With a lack of information on where to buy local produce, Food-A-Go-Go Farms helps consumers find local produce and producers. The platform includes local farmers, CSA providers, and local producers in two categories: Local Inside® for value-added products made with locally grown, caught or raised ingredients and Aloha Inside® for any food product made locally in Hawai‘i.

To be included on this directory, fill out the form here.




Hawaii Network


The Star Advertiser has created a Hawaii business directory to keep the community informed about businesses' operating status during this pandemic. To see the current directory, click here. To be added to this directory, fill out the following form here.




Hawaii Farmer Support List


The Agriculture Leadership Foundation of Hawaii is collecting information on farms that are offering products through online ordering, delivery service, and direct pick-up. This operating information will be shared with the public.

To add your business and update your operating status, click here.




Popup Makeke Online Marketplace


Popup Makeke is an online marketplace where consumers can access local products, including value-added agricultural products. While they are not currently accepting applications for new vendors, if you sign up for their email list, you will be alerted of any new opportunities. To sign up for their email list, visit this page and scroll to the bottom to subscribe here.





Kauai

Kauai Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)


The Kauai Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides low income seniors with eligible produce while supporting local farmers. Participants can fill out an application and receive a $5 voucher booklet for $50 of produce.

The SFMNP accepts produce that is at least 55% locally grown.
The SFMNP started on April 1 but farmers are able to apply past this date. To find out more about becoming a participating farmer, click here.

For any questions, contact:
Jared Kawatani
Phone: (808) 954-7877




Malama Virtual Farmers Market


Malama Virtual Farmers Market provides free deliveries of local produce and products. Customers can shop 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and can purchase produce, baked goods, chocolate, meat and seafood.
To learn more, click here. If you are interested in selling your local produce or locally-made items, contact:
John Genovese
Phone: (808) 639-1980
Email: info@malamaauctions.com




Nani Moon Mead


Nani Moon Mead is a honey wine company in Kauai looking for lemongrass, kefir lime, kumquat, buddhas hand, calamansi.

If interested, please email:
nanimoonmeadinfo@gmail.com




Giving Kauai Hope


Giving Kauai Hope is offering to make custom shirts for small businesses to promote sell. Businesses will receive $10 for every t-shirt sold. To create a custom t-shirt, send them your logo and apply through this link.

To see an example of a custom made t-shirt, click here.




Apple Bananas and Bulk Red Jalapeno Peppers Wanted


Nourish Hanalei is looking to purchase apple bananas. We buy year round, and pay upon delivery in Princeville. Minimum purchase 50 lb. Looking forward to meeting you! If interested, email nourishhanalei@gmail.com Kauai Juice Co. is seeking red jalapeno peppers in bulk. If interested, please contact Kyle at kyle@kauaijuiceco.com or 979-578-1903. Email is preferred.




Malama Kauai Farm-to-School CSA Box Program


In May and June, 6,400 locally-produced Farm-to-School CSA boxes will be distributed by Malama Kauai through drive-thru programs at Kauai schools for families in need, thanks to funding from the USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program. MK will be purchasing over $200,000 of mixed veggies and fruits, as well as 4 oz. cheese tubs from local producers. Extended deadline! Farmers may submit bids on an ongoing basis as long as opportunities remain available. Please call Robyn with questions at (808) 828-0685 x10 or grants@malamakauai.org.




TryEatHawaii.com's Online Display for Farmers


Try Eat Hawaii provides an online marketplace for growers to display their products. Customers can access this platform and make transactions directly with farmers. To register as a grower, click here.





Oahu

Local Inside


Local Inside provides weekly/bi-weekly deliveries of fruits and vegetables from Oahu farms, as well as honey, condiments, butters, and jellies.
To learn more, see here.




Hawaii Farm Bureau’s Farm to Car Program


Hawaii Farm Bureau offers a drive-thru farmer’s market every Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday in order to provide fresh, locally-grown produce to customers while supporting hard-working farmers. Customers can order produce online and pick it up at Blaisdell or Windward Mall. For more information, click here. While some farmers’ markets are closed, there is still an opportunity for farmers and ranchers to sell directly to consumers. Contact (808) 848-2074 or apply here.




Farm Link Hawaii


Farm Link is an online local food marketplace and delivery network based on O‘ahu. Customers can purchase products online and have them delivered to them. To learn more, click here. For further information, contact: info@farmlinkhawaii.com (808) 201-5252





Hawaii

Hawaii Island’s Bridges Program


Hawaii Island’s Bridges Program uses public/private partnerships to strengthen local agriculture production by purchasing locally grown food and flowers and donating them to approved community organizations to distribute.

Participants in this program do not have to be HFB members.
To learn more, click here. If interested in participating, fill out this short form here.




Da Box


Da Box is a community supported agriculture program that purchases local produce to sell to customers island-wide. To learn more, click here. Da Box is not currently accepting new customer sign-ups but interested customers may call (808) 933-6030 to be placed on a wait list.




Hawaii Island Farm Product Purchase Program


The Farm Product Purchase Program purchases produce and meats from commercial farmers and livestock producers to distribute to families in need through The Food Basket and other channels.

HFB membership is not required to participate. Value added products are not eligible for the Farm Product Purchase Program at this time.
For more information, click here. If interested in applying, fill out the application here and email it to kaiwiki.1970@gmail.com. You should receive an email confirmation.





Technical Assistance

Webmaster Services Hawaii


Webmaster Services Hawaii is offering to add a free alert to your business website to keep customers informed about your operating status. Click here to visit their website. If interested, please contact:
gwells@webmasterserviceshawaii.com




Website Development Offer


Online Business Development Services will develop a Shopify website for your organization within 1-2 days for $100 ($150 for a website and Facebook page) so customers can order online, pay in advance, and pick up directly. They can also create social media pages on Instagram or Google My Business. They are willing to accept products as payment if needed.

Shopify is an e-commerce platform that costs $29/month.
For more information, see here. If interested, contact:
Regina L. Floyd
Email: reginafloyd@gmail.com (with subject line "Farmers Market Website")
Phone: (808) 742-8424




SBA Document Translations


SBA documents have been translated in multiple languages. Please find them here.




Grants.gov Community Blog


Grants.gov is the portal through which organizations apply for federal funding opportunities.

A majority of federal funding opportunities are posted on grants.gov; thus, it is imperative that grant seekers maintain an up-to-date understanding of this portal. Grants.gov’s community blog provides tips for writing grant proposals and common eligibility and policy definitions referenced in the grants.gov website.
To access the grants.gov community blog, click here.

Grants.gov also holds financial management training seminars, grant management boot camps, and other events. Though there are no upcoming events in Hawaii, many of the existing events have changed to virtual formats, so Hawaii agriculturalists may be able to access these events online. To see a list of upcoming events, click here.




Nonprofitready.org Resources


Nonprofitready.org is a free online learning library with articles and lessons on a multitude of different topics ranging from grant seeking to digital marketing. This resource is open to anyone, not just nonprofits, and provides short training modules on how to find, write, and acquire grants. To sign up for a free account, click here.




Google Ad Grant


Google offers up to $10,000 of in-kind advertising on Google Search every month for nonprofits to create text ads.

1) First, your organization must apply to Google for Nonprofits, a G Suite made specifically for nonprofits. To request a Google for Nonprofits account, click here.
2) You must also have a high-quality website that meets these guidelines.
3) Finally, you must fill out an eligibility form and submit your activation for review. For complete instructions on how to do this, click here.
To learn more about Google Ad Grants, click here.




Pacific Media Group Marketing Fund


Pacific Media Group has created a $2M marketing fund for Hawaii businesses to help local businesses connect with consumers with goods and services during COVID-19. To apply, click here.




Pacific Community Ventures Mentoring Services


Pacific Community Ventures offers free and confidential mentoring services to small business owners by matching organizations with pro-bono business coaches and mentors. Companies that have worked with these mentors have increased their annual revenue by an average of 20%. To create your account and sign up, click here.




Free Frozen Online Shipping Course


Alderspring Ranch in Idaho provides a free five-day mini course designed for farmers and ranchers with frozen products to teach them how to deliver directly and sell through online storefronts. To sign up, click here.




Emergency Animal Mortality Management


NRCS is able to partially cover the cost of disposing livestock due to the impacts of the coronavirus and other emergency animal mortality events. Swine, livestock, and poultry are all eligible.

Note:
•An application and approved early start waiver must be filed with NRCS before animal carcasses are disposed of.
•Producers must also have FSA farm records.
For more information and to view payment rates, click here. To apply, contact your local USDA service center. Contact information by county can be found here.




HANO SBA Loan Application Assistance for Nonprofits


Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations offers free technical assistance to the first 300 nonprofits requesting SBA loan assistance. To request assistance, contact one of the following seasoned consultants here.





 

Farmers and Ranchers

Statewide

Foodland Seeking Produce and Products


Foodland hopes to support local farmers by purchasing the supply of food produced until the demand resumes and/or by facilitating food distribution. The goal is to minimize the need to import food. To add any products you may have available, please complete this short form here or contact Foodland at (808) 732-0791. Please note that completing this form does not guarantee market access.




HDOA Farm-to-State Sellers


If you have an oversupply of product, HDOA is able to purchase bulk amounts of product for a conservative price. For inquiries, please email:
Nicole Pfeffer
Email: nicole.y.pfeffer@hawaii.gov
Phone: (808) 973-9573
HDOA Economic Development Specialist

Include available pounds, frequency of availability, quality (off-grade, for instance), and selling price per pound/unit.




USDA Seeking Coffee for Sale


COVID-19 has caused coffee sales to slow or halt for many businesses. SHAC has been in conversation with USDA to facilitate purchases of Hawaiian-grown products for government use. If you have roasted coffee that you would like to make eligible for USDA purchase, please contact:
suzanne@shachawaii.org

Include the total quantity you would like to make available, and the requested price. Also include the format (bag, pods, commercial packs). All information will be kept confidential.




Hawaii Farmers Union United Food Hubs


HFUU is looking for farmers that want to sell to food hubs and increase production. They are also looking for businesses with commercial refrigeration space, and restaurants/food entrepeneurs who want to utilize a ghost kitchen model to prepare family-style meals for pickup or for door-to-door delivery.

HFUU recently assembled a task force to support agricultural communities by aggregating and sorting food into CSA boxes in food hubs and commercial kitchens. They also hope to partner with chefs, caterers, and other prepared foods businesses.
For more information, see here.
To get involved, email:
food@hfuuhi.org




Statewide Food: Resources and Needs


This community-sourced document lists food needs and resources throughout the state in an effort to connect those looking for food with those who are looking to sell. To view this resource, click here.




Additional USDA Food Purchase Plans


As of May 4, 2020, the USDA announced It will purchase $470 M in food during the third quarter of the 2020 fiscal year and distribute it to those in need through CSFP, TEFAP, and USDA Foods in Schools. AMS will begin issuing solicitations in June and intends to begin deliveries in July.

AMS also purchases a variety of domestically produced and processed commodity food products through the AMS Commodity Procurement Program.

To see specific purchase amounts for each program, click here.

AMS will purchase a variety of fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, and seafood products under this additional $470M. To see if the your products are included, click here.

In order to participate in this program, you must be an approved USDA vendor. To learn more about becoming an approved vendor, click here.

To see requirements for USDA product consideration, see here.

For any questions, please contact your commodity procurement division (organized by product). To access this directory, click here.




Hawaii Seed Growers Network


Hawaii Seed Growers Network is looking for seed growers in Hawaii. If you are interested, contact nancyredfeather@hawaii.rr.com or contact them here.





Directories

Food-A-Go-Go


HAF recently added farms and farm-related resources to its free marketing Food-A-Go-Go platform on May 7, 2020. With many farmers’markets initially closed there is no up-to-date information on where to buy local produce. Farmers, especially the smaller producers, are vulnerable with the loss of wholesale distribution to the hotels and closure of farmers’ markets. Many farmers have started their own CSA programs and are selling direct to the consumer. In addition, new CSAs are popping up and offering local produce boxes. With a lack of information on where to buy local produce, Food-A-Go-Go Farms helps consumers find local produce and producers. The platform includes local farmers, CSA providers, and local producers in two categories: Local Inside® for value-added products made with locally grown, caught or raised ingredients and Aloha Inside® for any food product made locally in Hawai‘i.

To be included on this directory, fill out the form here.




Hawaii Network


The Star Advertiser has created a Hawaii business directory to keep the community informed about businesses' operating status during this pandemic. To see the current directory, click here. To be added to this directory, fill out the following form here.




Hawaii Farmer Support List


The Agriculture Leadership Foundation of Hawaii is collecting information on farms that are offering products through online ordering, delivery service, and direct pick-up. This operating information will be shared with the public.

To add your business and update your operating status, click here.




Popup Makeke Online Marketplace


Popup Makeke is an online marketplace where consumers can access local products, including value-added agricultural products. While they are not currently accepting applications for new vendors, if you sign up for their email list, you will be alerted of any new opportunities. To sign up for their email list, visit this page and scroll to the bottom to subscribe here.





Kauai

Kauai Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)


The Kauai Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides low income seniors with eligible produce while supporting local farmers. Participants can fill out an application and receive a $5 voucher booklet for $50 of produce.

The SFMNP accepts produce that is at least 55% locally grown.
The SFMNP started on April 1 but farmers are able to apply past this date. To find out more about becoming a participating farmer, click here.

For any questions, contact:
Jared Kawatani
Phone: (808) 954-7877




Malama Virtual Farmers Market


Malama Virtual Farmers Market provides free deliveries of local produce and products. Customers can shop 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and can purchase produce, baked goods, chocolate, meat and seafood.
To learn more, click here. If you are interested in selling your local produce or locally-made items, contact:
John Genovese
Phone: (808) 639-1980
Email: info@malamaauctions.com




Nani Moon Mead


Nani Moon Mead is a honey wine company in Kauai looking for lemongrass, kefir lime, kumquat, buddhas hand, calamansi.

If interested, please email:
nanimoonmeadinfo@gmail.com




Giving Kauai Hope


Giving Kauai Hope is offering to make custom shirts for small businesses to promote sell. Businesses will receive $10 for every t-shirt sold. To create a custom t-shirt, send them your logo and apply through this link.

To see an example of a custom made t-shirt, click here.




Apple Bananas and Bulk Red Jalapeno Peppers Wanted


Nourish Hanalei is looking to purchase apple bananas. We buy year round, and pay upon delivery in Princeville. Minimum purchase 50 lb. Looking forward to meeting you! If interested, email nourishhanalei@gmail.com Kauai Juice Co. is seeking red jalapeno peppers in bulk. If interested, please contact Kyle at kyle@kauaijuiceco.com or 979-578-1903. Email is preferred.




Malama Kauai Farm-to-School CSA Box Program


In May and June, 6,400 locally-produced Farm-to-School CSA boxes will be distributed by Malama Kauai through drive-thru programs at Kauai schools for families in need, thanks to funding from the USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program. MK will be purchasing over $200,000 of mixed veggies and fruits, as well as 4 oz. cheese tubs from local producers. Extended deadline! Farmers may submit bids on an ongoing basis as long as opportunities remain available. Please call Robyn with questions at (808) 828-0685 x10 or grants@malamakauai.org.




TryEatHawaii.com's Online Display for Farmers


Try Eat Hawaii provides an online marketplace for growers to display their products. Customers can access this platform and make transactions directly with farmers. To register as a grower, click here.





Oahu

Local Inside


Local Inside provides weekly/bi-weekly deliveries of fruits and vegetables from Oahu farms, as well as honey, condiments, butters, and jellies.
To learn more, see here.




Hawaii Farm Bureau’s Farm to Car Program


Hawaii Farm Bureau offers a drive-thru farmer’s market every Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday in order to provide fresh, locally-grown produce to customers while supporting hard-working farmers. Customers can order produce online and pick it up at Blaisdell or Windward Mall. For more information, click here. While some farmers’ markets are closed, there is still an opportunity for farmers and ranchers to sell directly to consumers. Contact (808) 848-2074 or apply here.




Farm Link Hawaii


Farm Link is an online local food marketplace and delivery network based on O‘ahu. Customers can purchase products online and have them delivered to them. To learn more, click here. For further information, contact: info@farmlinkhawaii.com (808) 201-5252





Hawaii

Hawaii Island’s Bridges Program


Hawaii Island’s Bridges Program uses public/private partnerships to strengthen local agriculture production by purchasing locally grown food and flowers and donating them to approved community organizations to distribute.

Participants in this program do not have to be HFB members.
To learn more, click here. If interested in participating, fill out this short form here.




Da Box


Da Box is a community supported agriculture program that purchases local produce to sell to customers island-wide. To learn more, click here. Da Box is not currently accepting new customer sign-ups but interested customers may call (808) 933-6030 to be placed on a wait list.




Hawaii Island Farm Product Purchase Program


The Farm Product Purchase Program purchases produce and meats from commercial farmers and livestock producers to distribute to families in need through The Food Basket and other channels.

HFB membership is not required to participate. Value added products are not eligible for the Farm Product Purchase Program at this time.
For more information, click here. If interested in applying, fill out the application here and email it to kaiwiki.1970@gmail.com. You should receive an email confirmation.





Technical Assistance

Webmaster Services Hawaii


Webmaster Services Hawaii is offering to add a free alert to your business website to keep customers informed about your operating status. Click here to visit their website. If interested, please contact:
gwells@webmasterserviceshawaii.com




Website Development Offer


Online Business Development Services will develop a Shopify website for your organization within 1-2 days for $100 ($150 for a website and Facebook page) so customers can order online, pay in advance, and pick up directly. They can also create social media pages on Instagram or Google My Business. They are willing to accept products as payment if needed.

Shopify is an e-commerce platform that costs $29/month.
For more information, see here. If interested, contact:
Regina L. Floyd
Email: reginafloyd@gmail.com (with subject line "Farmers Market Website")
Phone: (808) 742-8424




SBA Document Translations


SBA documents have been translated in multiple languages. Please find them here.




Grants.gov Community Blog


Grants.gov is the portal through which organizations apply for federal funding opportunities.

A majority of federal funding opportunities are posted on grants.gov; thus, it is imperative that grant seekers maintain an up-to-date understanding of this portal. Grants.gov’s community blog provides tips for writing grant proposals and common eligibility and policy definitions referenced in the grants.gov website.
To access the grants.gov community blog, click here.

Grants.gov also holds financial management training seminars, grant management boot camps, and other events. Though there are no upcoming events in Hawaii, many of the existing events have changed to virtual formats, so Hawaii agriculturalists may be able to access these events online. To see a list of upcoming events, click here.




Nonprofitready.org Resources


Nonprofitready.org is a free online learning library with articles and lessons on a multitude of different topics ranging from grant seeking to digital marketing. This resource is open to anyone, not just nonprofits, and provides short training modules on how to find, write, and acquire grants. To sign up for a free account, click here.




Google Ad Grant


Google offers up to $10,000 of in-kind advertising on Google Search every month for nonprofits to create text ads.

1) First, your organization must apply to Google for Nonprofits, a G Suite made specifically for nonprofits. To request a Google for Nonprofits account, click here.
2) You must also have a high-quality website that meets these guidelines.
3) Finally, you must fill out an eligibility form and submit your activation for review. For complete instructions on how to do this, click here.
To learn more about Google Ad Grants, click here.




Pacific Media Group Marketing Fund


Pacific Media Group has created a $2M marketing fund for Hawaii businesses to help local businesses connect with consumers with goods and services during COVID-19. To apply, click here.




Pacific Community Ventures Mentoring Services


Pacific Community Ventures offers free and confidential mentoring services to small business owners by matching organizations with pro-bono business coaches and mentors. Companies that have worked with these mentors have increased their annual revenue by an average of 20%. To create your account and sign up, click here.




Free Frozen Online Shipping Course


Alderspring Ranch in Idaho provides a free five-day mini course designed for farmers and ranchers with frozen products to teach them how to deliver directly and sell through online storefronts. To sign up, click here.




Emergency Animal Mortality Management


NRCS is able to partially cover the cost of disposing livestock due to the impacts of the coronavirus and other emergency animal mortality events. Swine, livestock, and poultry are all eligible.

Note:
•An application and approved early start waiver must be filed with NRCS before animal carcasses are disposed of.
•Producers must also have FSA farm records.
For more information and to view payment rates, click here. To apply, contact your local USDA service center. Contact information by county can be found here.




HANO SBA Loan Application Assistance for Nonprofits


Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations offers free technical assistance to the first 300 nonprofits requesting SBA loan assistance. To request assistance, contact one of the following seasoned consultants here.





Farmers and Ranchers

Specific Grants

FSA Livestock Forage Program


The Livestock Forage Disaster Program provides payments to assist livestock owners 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.

Terms:
•Producers must be commercial ranchers.
•Producers have to provide inventory as of 1/1/2020 and have had the land and cattle 60 days prior to this date.
•If the producer hasn’t participated with the FSA, additional forms will need to be completed.
•If the producer is a sub-lessee of Department off Hawaiian Home Lands, they will need to have a Third Party Grazing/Planting Agreement.
•A producer will need a valid lease to show that he/she has control of the parcel.
•If a new producer will be applying, they will be charged a late acreage filing fee. Fee depends on the acreage and where the ranch is located.
•There is an initial charge of $46 plus $16 per hour (1 hour minimum).
For more information, eligibility, and livestock payment rates, see here.

To access a livestock inventory sheet, please click here. For questions, please schedule an appointment with Debbie.

She can be reached here:
Debbie Jitchaku
Program Technician
PO Box 845
Hilo, HI 96721
Phone: (808) 933-8340
Fax: 1-855-356-9492
Email: debbie.jitchaku@usda.gov

More information will come out soon, so please sign up for updates here.




The Red Backpack Fund


The Red Backpack Fund will make 1,000 grants of $5,000 to female entrepreneurs to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by COVID-19. All receipients will also receive a free annual All-Access Pass to all 80+ MasterClass instructors, including Sara Blakely’s class on entrepreneurship, to provide mentorship during this time. To access FAQs, click here.

For more information, click here. Future rounds open on 6/1, 7/6, and 8/3. To receive notifications when the application reopens, click here.




Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Program


Up to $500,000 grants will be awarded to any U.S. organization, government or private, with a demonstrated role or interest in exporting U.S. agricultural specialty crops.

The TASC program is designed to assist U.S. organizations by providing funding for projects that seek to remove, resolve, or mitigate existing or potential sanitary, phytosanitary, or technical barriers that prohibit or threaten the export of U.S. specialty crops.

The TASC program is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation.
For more information, click here. Deadline: 6/26/2020




Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN)


The Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) connects farmers, ranchers, and other agriculture-related occupation individuals to stress assistance programs.

Note:
Collaborative state, localm or regionally-based networks, or partnerships of qualified public and/or private entities can apply.
For more information, click here. Deadline: 6/23/2020 For questions, contact:
Brent Elrod
National Program Leader
Division of Family & Consumer Services
Richard.elrod@usda.gov
(816) 926-2535




NOAA Assistance


NOAA Assistance is available for commercial, charter, and subsistence fisheries, aquaculture, processors, 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.

As of May 7, $300M in fisheries assistance under the CARES act was allocated to states with coastal and marine fisheries. Hawaii was allocated a little over $4.3M.

State marine fisheries management agencies are working on how to distribute this funding. It is expected that this funding will be disbursed quickly than fishery disaster assistance funds because it does not require a declaration of a fishery disaster and can be awarded on a rolling basis.
Fore more information, click here or here. NOAA is still determining the logistics, and an update will be out soon.




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. To access the program fact sheet, click here.

For more information, click here. Deadline:12/31/2020




Malama Kauai CSA Mini-Grants


Malama Kauai is distributing $500 rapid-release mini-grants to farmers who are launching or expanding CSAs with multiple pickup points or home delivery options. For more information and to apply, click here.




Sustainable Agriculture Grants


SARE, the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, offers grants to fund research and education projects that advance sustainable agricultural practices.

Farmers and ranchers, researchers, extension agents and other educators, and graduate students can apply.
Two SARE programs are currently open: Professional Development Grant Program 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. Grants can run for up to three years, with the final year to be focused on project evaluation. For more information about the professional development grant program, click here. Deadline: November 11, 2020 Research to Grassroots Grant Program These grants are built on the SARE concept that results of applied research are used to train agricultural professionals and producers in the latest principles of sustainable agriculture. 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. For more information about the research to grassroots grant program, click here. Deadline: November 18, 2020 For more information about SARE, click here.

To see previously funded SARE projects in Hawaii, click here. For documents you will need to manage received grants, click here. For grant writing webinars specific to each SARE program, click here. For instructions and documents you will need to apply, click here. For questions about SARE, contact:
Jensen Uyeda
University of Hawaii at Manoa
910 California Avenue
Wahiawa, HI 96786
808-384-7110
juyeda@hawaii.edu

Sharon Wages Motomura
University of Hawaii - Manoa
875 Komohana Street
Hilo, HI 96720
808-969-8250
smotomura@hawaii.edu





New Market Grants

Emerging Markets Program


Up to $500,000 grants will be awarded to any U.S. private or government entity with a demonstrated role or interest in the export of U.S. agricultural commodities. The EMP assists U.S. entities in developing, maintaining, or expanding exports of U.S. agricultural commodities and products by funding activities that enhance emerging markets’ food and rural business systems, including reducing trade barriers. The EMP is intended primarily to support export market development efforts of the private sector, but EMP resources may also be used to assist public organizations. The EMP is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation. For more information, click here. Deadline: 6/26/2020




Federal State Marketing Improvement Plan


The Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) offers grants with a one-to-one dollar match to assist in exploring new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products, and to encourage research and innovation aimed at improving the efficiency and performance of the marketing system.

Note:
•Only state agencies or universities can apply, but can partner with industry groups, community organizations, and other stakeholders.
•Proposals should benefit multiple agricultural producers and agribusinesses.
To view a short video overview of this program, click here.

For more information, click here. Organizations or individuals interested in the FSMIP should contact their state department of agriculture for more information.




Reimbursement Transportation Cost Program


The RTCP can partially reimburse costs for transporting agricultural commodities or inputs used to produce agricultural commodities. To learn which commodities are eligible and how much you can receive, click here. For more information, click here.





Other Grants

Agricultural Management Assistance Program


The Agricultural Management Assistance Program provides cost share assistance to agricultural producers to address issues such as water management, water quality, and erosion control. For more details, click here. To apply, contact your local USDA service center. Directories can be found here.




The Emergent Fund


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. To see previous grantee projects, click here.

For more information, click here. To apply, click here, register as an organization, and submit a draft proposal to the Emergent Fund.

For questions on how to register through the JustFund portal, email info@justfund.us.

For questions specific to the Emergent Fund, email info@emergentfund.net.




Omidyar Network COVID-19 Economic Response Advocacy Fund


The Omidyar Network COVID-19 economic Response Advocacy Fund offers 501c4 funding to national, state, and local advocacy and organizing efforts to address the immediate toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on working people while reshaping economic structures to ensure vulnerable populations are less vulnerable in the future.

There is no limit to funding requests, though funds must be used in the next 12-15 months. Applications are on a rolling basis.

They are looking to help fund ongoing projects that fix structural economic problems that make working people vulnerable. Examples of projects might be:

•Organizations conducting advocacy related directly to the needs of working people, small businesses, or other constituencies central to our reimagining capitalism program
•Advocacy work tied to an existing campaign, program, or organizational priority (i.e., not something that is just getting underway)
•Organizations that have the financial capacity to accepts and spend 501c4 dollars and are able to do their proposed advocacy work (i.e. financial stability)
•Advocacy work that seeks to restructure the economy, either through the organization’s long-term strategy or mission OR through the organization’s strategic communications workand
•Organizations coordinating with a coalition of other groups on a specific policy fight related to reshaping the economy
For more information, click here. To apply, click here. (password is “advocacy”) Deadline: Funding awarded on a rolling basis.




EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs


There are two programs that applicants can receive funding from under the EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Program:

1) The EDA’s Public Works program, which helps distressed communities build, design, or engineer critical infrastructure and facilities to promote economic development and regional prosperity. Examples of past Public Works projects have supported high-tech shipping and logistics facilities, workforce training facilities, business incubators and accelerators, and technology-based facilities.

2) The EDA’s Economic Adjustment Assistance program, which accepts applications for projects in rural and urban areas that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects. These projects are meant to provide resources to communities experiencing or anticipating economic dislocations to plan and implement specific solutions to leverage existing regional economic advantages to support economic development and job creation. Examples of this type of funding might include funding to a city to support the construction of an industrial facility to house early-stage businesses.

Notes:
•District organizations, state/county/city/other state political subdivisions, institutions of higher education, and public/private non-profit organizations in cooperation with state officials may apply. Individuals and for-profit entities may not apply.
•There is a cost sharing/matching requirement that varies on the region’s unemployment rate. To view this requirement, please click here.

•In order to apply, applicants must be in regions of distress, and must meet one of the following criteria:
•an unemployment rate of at least 1% greater than the national average (for the most recent 24-month period that there is data available)
•per capita income that is 80% or less of the national average
•special need (determined by the EDA)
For more information, please click here. For more information about EDA programs, contact:
Herbert Thweatt
hthweatt@eda.gov
(808) 541-3391




Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant Program


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. USDA provides grants to local utility organizations which use the funding to establish Revolving Loan Funds (RLF). Loans are made from the revolving loan funds to projects that will create or retain rural jobs. When the revolving loan fund is terminated, the grant is repaid to USDA. Former Rural Utilities Service borrowers who borrowed, repaid or pre-paid an insured, direct or guaranteed loan, nonprofit utilities that are eligible to receive assistance from the Rural Development Electric or Telecommunication Programs, and current Rural Development Electric or Telecommunication Programs borrowers may apply. Applications are accepted year-round. For more information, click here. To apply, work with your USDA Rural Development Office. Brenda Iokepa-Moses State Director (808) 933-8305




Agriculture and Food Research Initiative- Education and Workforce Development


The AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program provides grants for research, extension, and integrated research as well as education and/or extension projects. These projects must fall within the six AFRI priority areas to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. The six priority areas are: 1) Plant Health and Production and Plant Products 2) Animal Health and Production and Animal Products 3) Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health 4) Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment 5) Agriculture Systems and Technology 6) Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities For-profit organizations, small businesses, nonprofits, institutions of higher education are eligible to apply. For more information, please click here. Deadline: November 18, 2020





Food Access/Waste Grants

ReFED COVID-19 Waste Solutions Fund


The ReFED COVID-19 Food Waste Solutions Fund provides $50,000 grants to quickly deliver vital funding to organizations that can rapidly scale food waste reduction and hunger relief efforts.

Application is very short and will be accepted on a rolling basis.
For more information and to apply, click here.

For questions, email:
COVID-19solutionsfund@ReFED.com Deadline: Grants awarded on a rolling basis.




Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction Project


The Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction Project provides up to $90,000 for cooperative agreement proposals that will:
1) generate compost
2) increase access to compost for agricultural producers
3) reduce reliance on, and limit the use of, fertilizer
4) improve soil quality
5) encourage waste management and permaculture business development
6) increase rainwater absorption
7) reduce municipal food waste
8) divert food waste from landfills.

Note:
•Projects must be 2 years in duration.
•Requires 25% match of total project costs.
•Local governments can apply. However, local government are required to collaborate with multiple partners such as public or private, nonprofit or for-profit entities, academic institutions, and other appropriate professionals, community-based organizations, and local government entities.

Priority will be given to an application for a CCFWR pilot project that:
1) Anticipates or demonstrates economic benefits
2) Incorporates plans to make compost easily accessible to agricultural producers, including community gardeners;
3) Integrates other food waste strategies, including food recovery efforts
4) Collaborates with multiple partners.
For more specific eligibility information and how to apply, click here.
To access FAQs, click here. To view informative slides from the webinar, click here. To view the full program announcement, click here. For further questions about this specific program, contact: Annie Ceccarini Program Analyst Phone: (202) 577-7462 Email: annie.ceccarini@usda.gov Deadline: 6/26/2020




America’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative Targeted Small Grants Program


This fund provides $20,000-$200,000 grants to innovative food retail and food system enterprises that seek to improve access to fresh, healthy food in underserved areas. Businesses, nonprofits, cooperatives, and state and local governments and agencies are eligible to apply. Technical assistance is also available to selected eligible organizations in the early stages of food retail or enterprise project planning. Applicants not selected for the grant program may be selected to apply for or receive technical assistance. Deadline: Letter of Interest is due on July 10, 2020 To access the RFA, click here. For more information, and to apply, click here. For questions about the program, please email: help@investinginfood.com or call (215) 574-5862




National Farm to School Network COVID-19 Relief Fund


$5,000-$10,000 grants available to provide relief to schools, early care and education sites, farmers and producers, families, and/or others in the farm-to-school community impacted by COVID-19. Funds can be used to purchase and distribute local food, increase local food access, or provide gardening and local foods educational resources to open ECE sites/home learning environments. 501(c)3 nonprofits, private foundations, and public charities; government entities; fiscally sponsored organizations; 501(c)4 social welfare organizations; incorporated organizations with exemption pending; other organizations with qualifying tax status are eligible to apply. To access the application, click here. Questions: Email krystal@farmtoschool.org Deadline: 7/6/2020





Organic Grants

EQIP Organic Initiative


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.
For more information and eligibility, click here. To apply, click here.

For further questions, contact:
Chad Cherefko
Assistant Director for Programs
Natural Resources Conservation Services
Phone: (808) 600-2959
Email: Chad.Cherefko@usda.gov




Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund


The Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund offers $1,000-$2,500 grant to organic producers suffering from extreme financial losses. Producers must have certified organic operations and evidence of documentation.

Grantees must submit a progress report six months after receiving a grant.
For more information and to apply, click here. Deadline: 11/20/2020




Organic Certification Cost Share Program


Organic producers and handlers can receive reimbursement for the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification.

These programs can cover up to 75% of certification costs, up to $750.

There are two organic certification cost share programs:

1) National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP)
•Available to producers and handlers

2) Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Organic Certification Cost Share Program
•Available to certified organic crop and livestock operators
For more information, click here. To learn more, contact your local Farm Service Agency office. Click here for the FSA directory by county.

For more organic farming resources, click here.




Certified Naturally Grown Grassroots Fund


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.

Priority is given to farmers who:
• are in their first three years of operation, or
• are facing unusual hardship like extreme weather, physical injury, recent job loss
• have a track record of meeting CNG requirements in a timely manner (for returning members)
• will benefit from certification
• are recommended by other CNG farmers
• are willing to promote CNG in their local community

To apply, click here.





Agroforestry Grants

USDA National Agroforestry Center Grants


The USDA National Agroforestry Center Grants offers funding for two types of programs:

Planning Projects
The purpose of Planning Projects is to support the development of projects that will either initiate or build upon or expand the efforts of farmers, gardeners, citizens, government officials, schools, and other stakeholders in urban areas and suburbs.

Implementation Projects
The purpose of Implementation Projects is to accelerate existing and emerging models of urban, indoor, and other agricultural practices that serve multiple farmers or gardeners.
For more information, click here. Note:
A webinar on 6/3/2020 from 2-4 EDT will provide an overview of each grant's purpose, project types, eligibility, and basic requirements to submit an application. Register here.

For further questions, contact:
Richard Straight or Kate MacFarland
richard.straight@usda.gov or katherine.macfarland@usda.gov
Technology Transfer Leader
US Forest Service Deadline: 7/6/2020





Conservation Grants

Conservation Innovation Grants


The purpose of Conservation Innovation Grants is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in agricultural production.
Funds can be used for field testing, on-farm research and demonstration, evaluation, or implementation of conservation related activities.
For more information, click here. Note:
There is a webinar for interested applicants on May 13, 2020 at 3pm EDT. Access the webinar through this link here.

To apply, click here.

For further questions, contact:
Melanie Krizmanich
Grantor
Phone: (202) 572-5805 Deadline: 6/29/2020




Environmental Quality Incentives Program


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 habitat, and mitigation against increasing weather volatility. For more information, click here. To apply, contact your local Natural Resources Conservation Service office. Directories found here.




Emergency Conservation Program


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. Cost-share payments are: •Up to 75 percent of the cost to implement approved restoration practices •Up to 90 percent if limited resource producers •Limited to $200,000 per person or legal entity per disaster For more information, click here.

To learn about ECP sign-up periods, check with your local FSA office. A directory can be found here.





CFAP

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program


The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program provides direct support based on actual losses for agricultural producers with impacted prices and market supply chains. These funds can be used to support adjustment, additional marketing costs, and short-term oversupply.

Farms of all sizes and markets that suffered losses of at least 5% are eligible to apply, including crops, livestock, dairy, and specialty crops.

Even if you have applied/received assistance from EIDL and/or PPP, you ARE still eligible for CFAP!

Specialty crop producers new to the USDA direct payment process are especially encouraged to apply!

USDA evaluated commodity specific losses occurring during the January to April time frame for immediate assistance. In addition, near-term adjustment costs and supply disruptions over the next few months were also evaluated to the extent possible for sectors where prices have declined significantly for additional assistance.

Note: FSA programs are not first come, first serve.

There are two funding sources in CFAP:
1) CARES Act: Compensation for losses between mid-January to mid-April 2020, either from price declines or for spoiled specialty crops
2) Commodity Credit Corporation Charter Act: Compensation for producers due to ongoing market disruptions
The CFAP application and payment combines CARES Act and CCC funds, though payments will be tracked by type of funding. This means that if you receive funding from each of these programs under CFAP, the USDA will track these funds separately.

Specialty Crops
•A list of eligible specialty crops can be found here.
•To be eligible, applicants must have a 5% or more reduction in sales price between the average for the week of 1/13-1/17 and the average for the week of 4/6-4/10.
•Total payment is based on the volume production sold between 1/15/2020-4/15/2020, the volume of production shipped but unpaid, and the number of acres of production that did not leave the farm/was destroyed/not harvested and could not be sold
•Payments will be based on sales volume during this timeframe multiplied by per-specified payment rate of 80% of the crops’ price change
•For crops that were shipped but spoiled, payments will be based on the volume of these crops times a pre-specified payment rate of 30% of the crops’ sales value
•For products that have not left the farm/mature crops that were unharvested between 1/15-4/15/2020 and will not be sold, payments will be based on the volume of these crops times a pre-specified payment rate of 5.875% of the crops’ value

Livestock
•Cattle, lambs, yearlings, hogs
•Payment is the sum of the producer’s number of livestock sold between 1/15/2020-4/15/2020 multiplied by the payment rates per head plus the highest inventory number of livestock between 4/16-5/14/2020 multiplied by the payment rates per head

Dairy
•Payment is based on a producer’s certification of milk production for the first calendar year 2020 multiplied by 80% of the national price decline during the same quarter plus a national adjustment of 1.014 to each producer’s production in the first quarter to account for increased production in the second quarter multiplied by 25% of the decline in prices as determined by the USDA during the first quarter of the 2020 calendar year

Non-Specialty Crops and Wool
•Malting barley, canola, corn, upland cotton, millet, oats, soybeans, sorghum, sunflowers, durum wheat, hard red spring wheat, wool
•Payments made on inventory held subject to price risk on 1/15/2020
•Payments are 50% of producer’s 2019 total production OR 2019 inventory as of 1/15/2020 (whichever is less) times the commodity’s applicable payment rates

Additional Notes:
•Adjusted gross income cannot be more than $900,000 unless 75% or more of income comes from farming, ranching, or forests-related activities.
•Producers must be in compliance with Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation provisions.

•The maximum payment is $250,000 per person/entity for all commodities combined.
•If you are a corporation, LLC, or limited partnership, you may qualify for more payment if members actively provide at least 400 hours of active personal labor/management for the operation (if so, then the corporate entity can receive up to $500,000 or $750,000, respectively)

•Eggs/layers are not eligible for CFAP.

•If your crop is not on the eligible list but have still suffered a 5%+ price decline between 1/2020-4/2020 and have additional marketing costs because of COVID-19, you can submit comments to provide information about additional commodities. USDA particularly wants to obtain information about nursery products, cut flowers, and aquaculture products. These commodities are not currently eligible for CFAP at the moment, but will be made eligible later in a Notice of Funding Availability. 4% of the CFAP budget ($637M) is for additional commodities identified through this process.

Important Dates:
Applications close on 8/28/2020.
Producers will receive 80% of their maximum total payment upon application approval. The remaining 20% will be paid at a later date if funds remain available. For more information, click here.

To view FAQs (as of 5/14/2020), click here.
To access the CFAP payment calculator, click here. Note that those who use the online calculator tool will be able to print a pre-filled CFAP application, sign it, and submit it to their local FSA office either electronically or via hand delivery through an office drop box.

For detailed information and applicable payment rates for various commodities (page 33-35), click here. Application forms are available now! To access, click here.

As part of applying for the program, you’ll need to contact your FSA county office at your local USDA Service Center to schedule an appointment.

Your local FSA staff will assist you with the application over the phone. To contact your county FSA representative, click here. For an "at-a-glance" infographic, click here.

More Notes:
•Please do not send any personal information to USDA without first initiating contact through a phone call.
•The application will not require an acreage report, and your USDA farm number may not be needed immediately.





 

Small Businesses

Loans

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Emergency Advance


The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Emergency Advance provides working capital loans of up to $2M for small businesses to overcome temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19. As of April 13, EIDL now includes farm and ranch businesses with fewer than 500 employees, aquaculture, nurseries, and agricultural cooperatives. Businesses can also apply for a loan advance of up to $10,000, which will become available within 3 days of successful application and will not have to be repaid. If agricultural businesses applied to EIDL before EIDL was opened to agricultural businesses, applications will be processed without businesses having to reapply. Terms: •3.75% interest for small businesses without available credit elsewhere •2.75% interest for nonprofits •Up to a 30-year amortized loan with one year of deferred payments. Note: •SBA determines loan amount based on the working capital needs of the business. Interest rates on the loans are 3.75% for businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits. •If the loans are over $25,000, SBA will take a general security interest in the business assets; they will take a UCC filing. •The EIDL advance does not require any type of reporting; however, it is subject to federal and state income tax. The EIDL loans are not subject to federal and state income tax. Any advance that receive from EIDL could be subtracted from the PPP forgiveness. •Applicants have to be officially registered businesses in existence for over a year. Owners have to have invested equity, demonstrate an ability to repay, and have exhausted other assets/insurance that can be liquidated. •Both US citizens and residents can apply. •EIDL and PPP cannot be used for the same purposes. For example, if you use PPP for payroll, EIDL cannot be used for payroll. EIDL is designed to be used for working capital. This includes paying fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other accounts businesses would have paid should this disaster not have occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales/profits, but designed to help maintain viability and operations. •There are no costs to apply and there is no obligation to take the loan if it is offered to you. Things the application will ask: •Business name •Trade name •EIN number or SSN for sole proprietorships •Organization type •Business activity •Bank account information where funds can be deposited (account number, bank routing number) •For the 12 month period prior to January 30, 2020, business gross revenues of business, COGS, costs of operation/operating expenses •Compensation from any other source that could potentially duplicate funding purposes •Tip: Make sure to check EIDL loan advance box. To apply, click here.
Helpful Resources: •For a webinar from the SBDC on how to fill out the application, click here
•For a list of documents needed to apply, click here
•For more information about EIDL and PPP, click here
•For step-by-step instructions on how to fill out the application, click here
•To compare the EIDL, PPP, and other federal programs, click here or here
•To compare the compare the EIDL and the SBA 7(a) loan, click here

Updates:
EIDL reopened for agricultural businesses on May 4. Notes:
•The application may take up to 2 hours.
•To check the status of a disaster loan application/advance, call SBA’s customer service center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Deadline:
TBD




SBA Express Bridge Loans


SBA Express Bridge Loans are for small businesses who already have a relationship with an SBA Express Lender to meet urgent cash needs while waiting for EIDL disbursement. Businesses can access up to $25,000 with less paperwork and a loan term of up to 7 years.

Businesses must have:
•Less than 500 employees
•Been in operation as of 3/13/2020
•Adverseley iimpacted by coronavirus
•Have a pre-existing relationship with a lender that offers EIDL loans as of 3/13/2020
For more information, click here, here, or here.




Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)


The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) helps businesses with fewer than 500 employees keep workers on payroll. Sole proprietorships, independent contractors, self-employed persons, and private non-profits may also apply.
SBA will fully forgive loans IF all employees kept on payroll for 8 weeks and at least 60% of it is used on payroll. The rest can be used for rent, mortgage interest, and utilities.
If the loan is not fully forgiven, loan payments will be deferred for 10 months. Loans will have a 2-year term with 1% interest. No collateral or personal guarantees are required, and there are no government or lenders’ fees. Loan Forgiveness Instructions and Application: As of 5/15, the loan forgiveness instructions were released with certain measures to reduce compliance burdens. These measures include: •Options for borrowers to calculate payroll costs using an “alternative payroll covered period” that aligns with borrowers’ regular payroll cycles •Flexibility to include eligible payroll and non-payroll expenses paid or incurred during the eight-week period after receiving their PPP loan •Step-by-step instructions on how to perform the calculations required by the CARES Act to confirm eligibility for loan forgiveness •Borrower-friendly implementation of statutory exemptions from loan forgiveness reduction based on rehiring by June 30 •Addition of a new exemption from the loan forgiveness reduction for borrowers who have made a good-faith, written offer to rehire workers that was declined To view the loan forgiveness instructions and application, click here. *Update: On June 4, the PPP Flexibility Act was signed into law. This act gives recipients of the PPP 24 weeks to use their funding from the date they received it. In addition, the loan payment deferral period was extended and only 60% of total funds have to be spent on payroll costs to be fully forgiven. To read more about the PPP Flexibility Act and the conditions for forgiveness, click here.

Helpful Resources: •To calculate the amount of funding your business qualifies for under EIDL and PPP, click here •To calculate the maximum amount of loan forgiveness, access an interactive calculator here •For best practices to ensure qualification for full loan forgiveness, click here •For an overview of the PPP from the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, click here
•For definitions of payroll costs and other technical language, click here •For answers to common FAQs, click here, here, or here •To learn how PPP affects taxes and access other Hawaii State tax information, click here
Updates:
•As of 5/5, PPP approvals for new funding requests looked very promising! •7,717 Hawaii PPP loans already approved from Round 2. •and $175B of $310B of available funds were used up in the first week of Round 2. •The average Hawaii loan size for Round 2 is $54,000. •CPB and ASB are still accepting new PPP applications for existing and non-bank clients. Notes: •EIDL and PPP cannot be used for the same purposes. For example, if you use PPP for payroll, EIDL cannot be used for payroll.
•Applicants must certify in good faith that the current economic uncertainty makes their PPP loan request necessary to support their ongoing operations in the PPP application form, and should be prepared to demonstrate to the SBA the basis of its certification upon request.
•Forgiven PPP debt is excluded from gross income and therefore not subject to federal income tax.

Q: If I laid off an employee, offered to rehire them, but they declined the offer, will I still be able to gain loan forgiveness under the PPP?
A: Yes, but you must have a good faith, written offer of rehire, and documented employee rejection of the offer; also note that employees who reject these offers may forfeit eligibility for continued unemployment compensation. To listen to an audio recording about EIDL and PPP specifically for agricultural businesses, click here.
How to apply:
Businesses can apply for the PPP through any existing SBA 7(a) lender OR any federally insured depository institution or credit union OR farm credit system. Call your local bank and ask if they are participating! To see a list of participating lenders, click here.

Deadline:
June 30, 2020




Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism Loands


Small businesses can receive loans up to $25,000 from both the HDOA and the HDBEDT.

For more information, click here or here.
To learn more about CBEDT, click here. For any questions, please contact: Wayne Thom Email: wayne.k.thom@Hawaiʻi.gov
CBEDT Program Hawaiʻi Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism




Federal Reserve Main Street Lending Program


The Federal Reserve Main Street Lending Program is offered by the Federal Reserve to help banks give money more freely to businesses in need maintain payroll and retain workers through this pandemi cby purchasing a large portion of loans from banks. This program is available to any business that have less than 15,000 employees and/or annual revenues under $5 billion.

For additional eligibility requirements and more information, see here.

To apply, contact your local lender.




Other SBA Loans


SBA offers numerous other loans. See below for summaries of each:
•7(a) Program
-up to $5M through lending partners for small businesses
-money for working capital, expansion/renovation, new construction, etc.

•Express Loan program
-up to $350,000 for up to 7 years with an option to resolve
-36 hour approval/denial turnaround time

•Community Advantage Loan Pilot Program
-mission-based lenders can assist small businesses in underserved markets through loans up to $250,000

•504 Loan Program
-for economic development and job creation/retention
-can only use funds for acquiring or refinancing fixed assets

•Microloans
-up to $50,000 (average size is $14,000) loans through nonprofit lending organizations to underserved markets
-money can be used for working capital, supplies, machinery and equipment, fixtures

For more information on each of these programs, click here. For an overview of SBA financing options, see page 32 of this document.




Opportunity Fund


The Opportunity Fund is a US-based nonprofit organization that provides financing and microloans from $2,600 to $250,000 to underserved small-business owners. For more information, click here. To inquire about financing options, call 1-888-720-3215, Monday through Friday, 8 am – 6 pm PT.




Export Assistance Loan Programs


The SBA offers export assistance for small businesses that export overseas either directly or indirectly by selling to an intermediary. See below for summaries of their export assistance programs:

•Export express loan program
Provides up to $500,000 for quick access to capital. Businesses can apply for line of credit/term note before finalizing export sales.

•Export working capital program
Provides revolving lines of credit or transaction-based financing of up to $5M so businesses can offer attractive payment terms to customers, fulfill export orders, and finance international sales.

•International trade loan program
To help small businesses engage in International trade, expand trade locations, or re-shore operations back to the US.
For more information about each of these programs, click here.




B&I Loan Guarantee Program


The B&I Loan Guarantee Program provides working capital to prevent, prepare, or respond to the effects the coronavirus. They may be used to support rural businesses, including agricultural producers, that were in operation on 2/15/2020. B&I loan guarantees aim to help businesses and employment in rural areas by strengthening the private credit market through federal guarantees on business loans, helping businesses receive loans that they might not be able to qualify for through USDA FSA loans or otherwise. Projects that receive loan guarantees must provide employment and improve the economic or environmental climate. Terms: •The maximum B&I loan guarantee is 90% for all CARES Act funded loans. •The guarantee fee is 2%. •Appraisals must be completed within two years of the date of application. •Discounting of collateral for working capital loans is not required. •The maximum term for these working capital loans are 10 years. •The loans must be used for working capital. •Federal or state-chartered banks, savings and loans, farm credit banks, and credit unions may apply. For more information, click here. To access a webinar with an overview of program requirements on June 3 at 8:00am Hawaii Time, click here. To apply, work with your commercial lenders to develop a loan package that can be submitted to your local USDA Rural Development state office. For questions, contact: Brenda Iokepa-Moses State Director Phone: (808) 933-8305




SBA International Trade Loan


SBA offers up to $5M loans to help small businesses enter and expand into international markets and make investments to compete with import competition.

Terms:
•Maturities on the working capital portion of the loan are up to10 years.
•Maturities on equipment are up to 10 years, unless the useful life exceed 10 years.
•Maturities on any real estate portions of the loan are up to 25 years.
•Interest rates are between 2.25-2.75% above the prime rate.
•Applicants must meet the same eligibility requirements as SBA’s standard 7(a) Loan Program.

For more information, click here. To apply, contact an SBA-participating lender. Your lender can submit the SBA Form 4 (Application for Business Loan) to the SBA.




Stimulus 2020 $1,000 Loans


Stimulus 2020 offers businesses $1,000 to use for any purpose. These funds can be used for any purpose, and doesn’t have any interest or fees. The money can be repaid in $100 increments per week or 10% of weekly sales if total sales is less than $1000. Any business with a verifiable business bank account is eligible. For more information and instructions on how to sign-up, click here.




Mãlama Business Loans


The Office of Hawaiian Affairs offers $2,500-$100,000 loans with a 4% APR and up to a 7-year term. Loans can be used for working capital or to establish or build upon a small business. Applicants must be of Native Hawaiian ancestry, State of Hawaii residents, have a credit score of 600 or greater, and be US citizens. Businesses must have an income-to-debt ratio of 45% or less, and must be registered and in good standing with DCCA.
For more information and to access required documents, click here.




Hua Kanu Business Loan


The Hua Kanu Business Loan Program provides $200,000-$1,000,000 loans to Native Hawaiian-owned businesses. The loan has a 7-year term at 4% APR. The loan may be used for working capital or to purchase equipment or inventory. For more information, required documents, and a loan calculator, click here. To inquire about a Hua Kanu loan, please contact them at (808) 594-1924, NHRLF@ohaloanfund.org, or contact your OHA neighbor island office.




Emergency Resilience Loan Program


Financial counseling and loans up to $2,500 for individual workers and $5,000 for self-employed persons will be provided to asset limited, income constrained, employed residents who reside on Hawaii Island and have lost income due to COVID-19. For more information, click here. To apply, click here. To request a paper application or complete an application over the phone, call (808) 934-0801.





Grants

Honolulu Small Business Relief and Recovery Fund and Small Farm Relief Fund


Honolulu Small Business Relief Fund 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.

Eligibility requirements include:
•Operating in the City and County of Honolulu •Operating from a commercial address- they can’t operate from a house
•30 or fewer employees
•Annual revenues of less than $1 million
•Other eligibility requirements may apply

Applications will be evaluated by a group of 4 credit unions, who will disburse the grants to approved businesses. Credit union membership is not required. The partner Credit Unions are:
•Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union
•Hawaii State Federal Credit Union
•Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union
•Honolulu Federal Credit Union For more information and to apply, click here. UPDATE! AS OF JUNE 16: Small Farm Relief Fund This Relief Fund is part of the Small business Relief and Recovery Fund. They have removed some of the barriers farmers had with eligibility. If you did not qualify before you may qualify now! This fund is available to farms with $2 M or less in annual revenue and have 50 or fewer employees, and provides up to $10,000 in expense reimbursement to qualified businesses. Please provide: • A copy of TMK/lease of the land • Current land dedication for agricultural use (sent to plai@honolulu.gov or jokuhama@cbllending.com) Notes: • When the application asks you to provide a “detailed description of business products/services provided,” make sure to use one of the following key words: “agriculture, farming, vegetables, flowers, ornamentals, aquaponic, hydroponic, or livestock.” This way, credit unions will be able to expedite the review process. Please see here for more information and translated resources in Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino. For questions or assistance, call 768-CITY or email covidresponse@honolulu.gov.




Poise Bounce Back Grants for Women


Poise is awarding 20 $15,000 grants to women-owned businesses to bounce back from COVID-19. Preference is given to businesses that challenge societal norms/stigmas or have a strong connection to moms/motherhood, demonstrate a passion for female empowerment, have a demonstrated need due to COVID-19, and display energy, enthusiasm, creativity, and passion for the business. To apply, click here. For more information, click here. Deadline: June 30, 2020




CLIF Bar Family Foundation Small Grants


The CLIF Bar Family Foundation provides small grants to 501(c)3 organizations that support one or more of the following objectives: •Protect earth’s beauty and bounty •Create a robust, healthy food system •Increase opportunities for outdoor activity •Reduce environmental health hazards •Build stronger communities Applicants’ most recent 990 and P&L for the current year and last year are required for general support. A detailed budget including income and expense is also required for specific project requests. To find out if you are eligible, take this short eligibility quiz here. For more information, click here. To apply, click here. Deadline: October 1, 2020




Immigrants Rising Grants


Immigrants Rising’s Entrepreneurship Fund provides up to $2,000 grants to undocumented entrepreneurs working to create positive social change. Grantees will be offered support and guidance from professional advisors, join a national network of undocumented freelancers and entrepreneurs, and get social media exposure for their projects. Projects must create positive social change and must be designed and led by undocumented young people. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed every month. For more information, click here. To apply, click here.




Hello Alice Business for All Grants


A total of $250,000 in grants will be awarded to eighteen entrepreneurs. Awards will be granted based on demonstrated need and proposed use of funds. For-profit businesses may apply. Preference is given to companies that have launched and need support to scale. If applicants make it to the semi-finalist round, they will have to create a pitch video. For more information, click here. To apply, click here. Deadline: July 16, 2020




Hawaii County Innovation/COVID-19 Economic Recovery Grants


The County of Hawaii is requesting grant proposals for the 2020-2021 fiscal year for projects that aim to support economic recovery and innovation from COVID-19 in the economic development, tourism, agriculture, creative economy, energy, and sustainable development sectors. Note: Proposals must be sealed and physically delivered. Please see here for the delivery locations. For more information and to see previous grant award lists and forms, click here. To view the RFP, click here. To access FAQs, click here. Deadline:
June 22, 2020




GoFundMe Small Business Relief Fund


GoFundMe will give $500 to businesses that raise at least $500 on their platform. This fund will continue until funds are depleted.The relief fund has been in operation since March so it is important to launch a crowdfunding campaign as soon as possible if you would like to participate. What is crowdfunding? Crowdfunding is a type of fundraising where organizations can ask the public for support. It begins with businesses sharing their stories and asking their audience to donate or invest in their business. Eligibility To be eligible for this opportunity, businesses have to: 1) be independently owned and operated 2) be negatively impacted by a government mandate due to COVID-19 3) not be nationally dominant in their field of operation 4) use these funds to care for their employees/workers or pay ongoing business expenses 5) have no fraud reports against them To access FAQs, click here. To participate in this opportunity, sign up for GoFundMe, start a fundraiser, add the hashtag #SmallBusinessRelief to your story, and fill out this short form. Once you raise $500, GoFundMe should automatically issue this additional $500 to the associated bank account.




Rural Business Development Grant


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. For more information, click here. For questions, contact: Brenda Iokepa-Moses State Director Phone: (808) 933-8305




Kīlauea Eruption Recovery Grants


Community nonprofit organizations can receive up to $500,000 grants towards disaster relief, recovery, mitigation, and remediation assistance for physical damages or losses from the Kilauea eruption. To access the application, click here. For more information, click here. Questions: Patti Pinto Recovery Assistant Phone: 961-8500 Email: patti.pinto@hawaiicounty.gov





 

Nonprofits

Statewide

Foodland Seeking Produce and Products


Foodland hopes to support local farmers by purchasing the supply of food produced until the demand resumes and/or by facilitating food distribution. The goal is to minimize the need to import food. To add any products you may have available, please complete this short form here or contact Foodland at (808) 732-0791. Please note that completing this form does not guarantee market access.




HDOA Farm-to-State Sellers


If you have an oversupply of product, HDOA is able to purchase bulk amounts of product for a conservative price. For inquiries, please email:
Nicole Pfeffer
Email: nicole.y.pfeffer@hawaii.gov
Phone: (808) 973-9573
HDOA Economic Development Specialist

Include available pounds, frequency of availability, quality (off-grade, for instance), and selling price per pound/unit.




USDA Seeking Coffee for Sale


COVID-19 has caused coffee sales to slow or halt for many businesses. SHAC has been in conversation with USDA to facilitate purchases of Hawaiian-grown products for government use. If you have roasted coffee that you would like to make eligible for USDA purchase, please contact:
suzanne@shachawaii.org

Include the total quantity you would like to make available, and the requested price. Also include the format (bag, pods, commercial packs). All information will be kept confidential.




Hawaii Farmers Union United Food Hubs


HFUU is looking for farmers that want to sell to food hubs and increase production. They are also looking for businesses with commercial refrigeration space, and restaurants/food entrepeneurs who want to utilize a ghost kitchen model to prepare family-style meals for pickup or for door-to-door delivery.

HFUU recently assembled a task force to support agricultural communities by aggregating and sorting food into CSA boxes in food hubs and commercial kitchens. They also hope to partner with chefs, caterers, and other prepared foods businesses.
For more information, see here.
To get involved, email:
food@hfuuhi.org




Statewide Food: Resources and Needs


This community-sourced document lists food needs and resources throughout the state in an effort to connect those looking for food with those who are looking to sell. To view this resource, click here.




Additional USDA Food Purchase Plans


As of May 4, 2020, the USDA announced It will purchase $470 M in food during the third quarter of the 2020 fiscal year and distribute it to those in need through CSFP, TEFAP, and USDA Foods in Schools. AMS will begin issuing solicitations in June and intends to begin deliveries in July.

AMS also purchases a variety of domestically produced and processed commodity food products through the AMS Commodity Procurement Program.

To see specific purchase amounts for each program, click here.

AMS will purchase a variety of fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, and seafood products under this additional $470M. To see if the your products are included, click here.

In order to participate in this program, you must be an approved USDA vendor. To learn more about becoming an approved vendor, click here.

To see requirements for USDA product consideration, see here.

For any questions, please contact your commodity procurement division (organized by product). To access this directory, click here.




Hawaii Seed Growers Network


Hawaii Seed Growers Network is looking for seed growers in Hawaii. If you are interested, contact nancyredfeather@hawaii.rr.com or contact them here.





Directories

Food-A-Go-Go


HAF recently added farms and farm-related resources to its free marketing Food-A-Go-Go platform on May 7, 2020. With many farmers’markets initially closed there is no up-to-date information on where to buy local produce. Farmers, especially the smaller producers, are vulnerable with the loss of wholesale distribution to the hotels and closure of farmers’ markets. Many farmers have started their own CSA programs and are selling direct to the consumer. In addition, new CSAs are popping up and offering local produce boxes. With a lack of information on where to buy local produce, Food-A-Go-Go Farms helps consumers find local produce and producers. The platform includes local farmers, CSA providers, and local producers in two categories: Local Inside® for value-added products made with locally grown, caught or raised ingredients and Aloha Inside® for any food product made locally in Hawai‘i.

To be included on this directory, fill out the form here.




Hawaii Network


The Star Advertiser has created a Hawaii business directory to keep the community informed about businesses' operating status during this pandemic. To see the current directory, click here. To be added to this directory, fill out the following form here.




Hawaii Farmer Support List


The Agriculture Leadership Foundation of Hawaii is collecting information on farms that are offering products through online ordering, delivery service, and direct pick-up. This operating information will be shared with the public.

To add your business and update your operating status, click here.




Popup Makeke Online Marketplace


Popup Makeke is an online marketplace where consumers can access local products, including value-added agricultural products. While they are not currently accepting applications for new vendors, if you sign up for their email list, you will be alerted of any new opportunities. To sign up for their email list, visit this page and scroll to the bottom to subscribe here.





Kauai

Kauai Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)


The Kauai Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides low income seniors with eligible produce while supporting local farmers. Participants can fill out an application and receive a $5 voucher booklet for $50 of produce.

The SFMNP accepts produce that is at least 55% locally grown.
The SFMNP started on April 1 but farmers are able to apply past this date. To find out more about becoming a participating farmer, click here.

For any questions, contact:
Jared Kawatani
Phone: (808) 954-7877




Malama Virtual Farmers Market


Malama Virtual Farmers Market provides free deliveries of local produce and products. Customers can shop 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and can purchase produce, baked goods, chocolate, meat and seafood.
To learn more, click here. If you are interested in selling your local produce or locally-made items, contact:
John Genovese
Phone: (808) 639-1980
Email: info@malamaauctions.com




Nani Moon Mead


Nani Moon Mead is a honey wine company in Kauai looking for lemongrass, kefir lime, kumquat, buddhas hand, calamansi.

If interested, please email:
nanimoonmeadinfo@gmail.com




Giving Kauai Hope


Giving Kauai Hope is offering to make custom shirts for small businesses to promote sell. Businesses will receive $10 for every t-shirt sold. To create a custom t-shirt, send them your logo and apply through this link.

To see an example of a custom made t-shirt, click here.




Apple Bananas and Bulk Red Jalapeno Peppers Wanted


Nourish Hanalei is looking to purchase apple bananas. We buy year round, and pay upon delivery in Princeville. Minimum purchase 50 lb. Looking forward to meeting you! If interested, email nourishhanalei@gmail.com Kauai Juice Co. is seeking red jalapeno peppers in bulk. If interested, please contact Kyle at kyle@kauaijuiceco.com or 979-578-1903. Email is preferred.




Malama Kauai Farm-to-School CSA Box Program


In May and June, 6,400 locally-produced Farm-to-School CSA boxes will be distributed by Malama Kauai through drive-thru programs at Kauai schools for families in need, thanks to funding from the USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program. MK will be purchasing over $200,000 of mixed veggies and fruits, as well as 4 oz. cheese tubs from local producers. Extended deadline! Farmers may submit bids on an ongoing basis as long as opportunities remain available. Please call Robyn with questions at (808) 828-0685 x10 or grants@malamakauai.org.




TryEatHawaii.com's Online Display for Farmers


Try Eat Hawaii provides an online marketplace for growers to display their products. Customers can access this platform and make transactions directly with farmers. To register as a grower, click here.





Oahu

Local Inside


Local Inside provides weekly/bi-weekly deliveries of fruits and vegetables from Oahu farms, as well as honey, condiments, butters, and jellies.
To learn more, see here.




Hawaii Farm Bureau’s Farm to Car Program


Hawaii Farm Bureau offers a drive-thru farmer’s market every Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday in order to provide fresh, locally-grown produce to customers while supporting hard-working farmers. Customers can order produce online and pick it up at Blaisdell or Windward Mall. For more information, click here. While some farmers’ markets are closed, there is still an opportunity for farmers and ranchers to sell directly to consumers. Contact (808) 848-2074 or apply here.




Farm Link Hawaii


Farm Link is an online local food marketplace and delivery network based on O‘ahu. Customers can purchase products online and have them delivered to them. To learn more, click here. For further information, contact: info@farmlinkhawaii.com (808) 201-5252





Hawaii

Hawaii Island’s Bridges Program


Hawaii Island’s Bridges Program uses public/private partnerships to strengthen local agriculture production by purchasing locally grown food and flowers and donating them to approved community organizations to distribute.

Participants in this program do not have to be HFB members.
To learn more, click here. If interested in participating, fill out this short form here.




Da Box


Da Box is a community supported agriculture program that purchases local produce to sell to customers island-wide. To learn more, click here. Da Box is not currently accepting new customer sign-ups but interested customers may call (808) 933-6030 to be placed on a wait list.




Hawaii Island Farm Product Purchase Program


The Farm Product Purchase Program purchases produce and meats from commercial farmers and livestock producers to distribute to families in need through The Food Basket and other channels.

HFB membership is not required to participate. Value added products are not eligible for the Farm Product Purchase Program at this time.
For more information, click here. If interested in applying, fill out the application here and email it to kaiwiki.1970@gmail.com. You should receive an email confirmation.





Technical Assistance

Webmaster Services Hawaii


Webmaster Services Hawaii is offering to add a free alert to your business website to keep customers informed about your operating status. Click here to visit their website. If interested, please contact:
gwells@webmasterserviceshawaii.com




Website Development Offer


Online Business Development Services will develop a Shopify website for your organization within 1-2 days for $100 ($150 for a website and Facebook page) so customers can order online, pay in advance, and pick up directly. They can also create social media pages on Instagram or Google My Business. They are willing to accept products as payment if needed.

Shopify is an e-commerce platform that costs $29/month.
For more information, see here. If interested, contact:
Regina L. Floyd
Email: reginafloyd@gmail.com (with subject line "Farmers Market Website")
Phone: (808) 742-8424




SBA Document Translations


SBA documents have been translated in multiple languages. Please find them here.




Grants.gov Community Blog


Grants.gov is the portal through which organizations apply for federal funding opportunities.

A majority of federal funding opportunities are posted on grants.gov; thus, it is imperative that grant seekers maintain an up-to-date understanding of this portal. Grants.gov’s community blog provides tips for writing grant proposals and common eligibility and policy definitions referenced in the grants.gov website.
To access the grants.gov community blog, click here.

Grants.gov also holds financial management training seminars, grant management boot camps, and other events. Though there are no upcoming events in Hawaii, many of the existing events have changed to virtual formats, so Hawaii agriculturalists may be able to access these events online. To see a list of upcoming events, click here.




Nonprofitready.org Resources


Nonprofitready.org is a free online learning library with articles and lessons on a multitude of different topics ranging from grant seeking to digital marketing. This resource is open to anyone, not just nonprofits, and provides short training modules on how to find, write, and acquire grants. To sign up for a free account, click here.




Google Ad Grant


Google offers up to $10,000 of in-kind advertising on Google Search every month for nonprofits to create text ads.

1) First, your organization must apply to Google for Nonprofits, a G Suite made specifically for nonprofits. To request a Google for Nonprofits account, click here.
2) You must also have a high-quality website that meets these guidelines.
3) Finally, you must fill out an eligibility form and submit your activation for review. For complete instructions on how to do this, click here.
To learn more about Google Ad Grants, click here.




Pacific Media Group Marketing Fund


Pacific Media Group has created a $2M marketing fund for Hawaii businesses to help local businesses connect with consumers with goods and services during COVID-19. To apply, click here.




Pacific Community Ventures Mentoring Services


Pacific Community Ventures offers free and confidential mentoring services to small business owners by matching organizations with pro-bono business coaches and mentors. Companies that have worked with these mentors have increased their annual revenue by an average of 20%. To create your account and sign up, click here.




Free Frozen Online Shipping Course


Alderspring Ranch in Idaho provides a free five-day mini course designed for farmers and ranchers with frozen products to teach them how to deliver directly and sell through online storefronts. To sign up, click here.




Emergency Animal Mortality Management


NRCS is able to partially cover the cost of disposing livestock due to the impacts of the coronavirus and other emergency animal mortality events. Swine, livestock, and poultry are all eligible.

Note:
•An application and approved early start waiver must be filed with NRCS before animal carcasses are disposed of.
•Producers must also have FSA farm records.
For more information and to view payment rates, click here. To apply, contact your local USDA service center. Contact information by county can be found here.




HANO SBA Loan Application Assistance for Nonprofits


Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations offers free technical assistance to the first 300 nonprofits requesting SBA loan assistance. To request assistance, contact one of the following seasoned consultants here.





 
CONTACTS
Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation

info@hfbf.org

(808) 848-2074

Website

*Hawaii Farm Bureau is connecting farmers with retailers, direct-to-consumer markets, online marketplace and delivery networks, and our own purchase and distribution programs, to help Hawaii producers stay in business and continue to feed our communities. For more information about our programs,  please click here.

Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
USDA Rural Development Hawaii and Western Pacific State Office

Brenda Iokepa-Moses

State Director

(808) 933-8323 (for new/general inquiries)

Website

Kanaka Economic Development Alliance

Kelea Levy

kelea@kanakaeconomy.org

*Able to assist Native Hawaiians with EIDL and PPP applications

Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism

Wayne Thom

CBED Program

wayne.k.thom@hawaiʻi.gov

Website

Hawaii Minority Business Development Agency Center

Dana Hauanio

Director

info@honolulumbdacenter.com

(808) 956-0850

Website

CTAHR Cooperative Extension Services

Savannah
katulski@hawaii.edu

Emilie
ekirk@hawaii.edu

Website

*Savannah is able to provide technical assistance to Kauai ranchers and livestock producers.
*Emilie is able to provide technical assistance to Kauai produce growers.

Hawaii Small Business Development Center

info@hisbdc.org

Click here for the SBDC directory by county. 

Website

*Offers free, confidential business advice
*To register for business advising, click here

SCORE Mentors Hawaii

(808) 547-2700

Website

 

*Mentoring program providing confidential business advice

*To request a mentor, click here

Small Business Administration Hawaii District Office

Jane Sawyer

District Director

hawaiigeneral@sba.gov

(808) 541-2990

Website

SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance

Shannon Mariano

Customer Service Representative
Public Information Office

shannon.mariano@sba.gov

Website

*Shannon is the point of contact for COVID-19 outreach

Business Law Corps

(808) 539-3806 x 0

appointments@htdc.org

Website

*Offers small business owners legal counseling at no-cost (for help on things like choice of entity, business crisis, for-profit corporations, LLCs, partnerships, etc.)
*Appointments every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month for 30 minutes over the phone between 11am-1pm
To schedule appointment, email or call

Accumulus

info@accumulus.co

(808) 369-3121

Website

*Honolulu bookkeeping and CFO firm offering free help with US SBA Loan applications

*When contacting, reference offer from Chamber of Commerce website

Mink Center for Business and Leadership

Noela Napoleon

MCBL Lead Business Counselor

mblc@ywcaoahu.org

(808) 695-2633

Website

 

*Offers business and legal counseling for small businesses at no to low cost by appointment
*To schedule an appointment, click here

HDOA Agricultural Loan Division

Wayne Takamine
(808) 973-9458
wayne.s.takamine@hawaii.gov
Business Loan Officer
HDOA Loan Division


Website

(808) 973-9460 (Oahu, Kauai, Maui)
(808) 933-9975 (Hilo)
(808) 323-7591 (Kona)

The Kohala Center

Eric Bowman
Business Development and Services Integration Coordinator
ebowman@kohalacenter.org

Megan Blazak
Rural Economic Development Supervisor
(808) 313-0904
mblazak@kohalacenter.org

Website

*Offers several financial capitalization services including grant and loan application assistance and help to cooperatives developing their seed capital through equity shares and attracting preferred stock investors

*To contact them for technical assistance, download their intake form here

*To read their business resources page, click here

Hawaii State and Pacific Basin Farm Service Agency

Patrick Lewis

County Executive Director

Pacific Basin FSA Service Center

patrick.lewis@usda.gov

(808) 600-2953 (office)

(808) 443-8777 (cell)

Website

(808) 541-2600 x 2

USDA Hawaii Farm Service Agency

Click here for the FSA directory by county.

Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council, Inc.

office@hicattle.org
(808) 333-6755

Website

*Offering to work through any impacts you are experiencing due to COVID-19. To report impacts, click here.
*
The website has updates with answers to import and export questions and changes to livestock shipping procedures.

 

Go Farm Hawaii

Erik Shimizu
erikms@hawaii.edu
AgBusiness Program
GoFarm Hawaii

Pomai Weigert
cweigert@hawaii.edu
AgBusiness Program
GoFarm Hawaii

General
info@gofarmhawaii.org
(808) 956-3530

Website

 

*Offers services to new and existing agribusinesses to take their company to the next level
*Provides assistance in business management, financial management, marketing, and technical farming
*Interested participants need basic experience with tracking financial information and the ability to communicate over email/zoom/etc. so files can be transferred back and forth.
*For more information and to apply, click here
*Pomai is able to provide consulting services for farmers/ranchers to market their businesses on platforms such as social media.

Agricultural Leadership Foundation of Hawaii

director@agleaderhi.org

(808) 947-2914

Website

*The Agricultural Leadership Foundation of Hawaii is here for the agricultural community during this difficult time. If you need support please reach out and we will do our best to connect you with local resources that can help.
 

Hawaii Center for Food Safety

Lauryn Rego (808) 298-9489 lrego@centerforfoodsafety.org

lauryn.rego@gmail.com

Website

*Hawaii Center for Food Safety is a Maui based organization with statewide membership nearing 11,000. •Can help with communications and organizing farmers and advocates around ag focused legislation.

WEBINARS
 

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Farm Commons COVID-19 Webinars 

Up-to-date webinars specifically for farmers and ranchers to navigate business strategy, loan applications, and government updates during the coronavirus.

 

Click here

Farmers & Ranchers Unemployment Insurance Benefits Webinar

 

A webinar by the Farm Commons covering eligible unemployment insurance benefits for farmers and ranchers. 

 

Click here

HANO Hawaii Webinars

Webinars and other information specifically for nonprofits.

Click here

Pennsylvania Sustainable Agriculture Farming COVID-19 Webinars

 

Up-to-date webinars specifically for farmers and ranchers covering coronavirus-relevant topics.

 

Click here

Save Hawaii Jobs and Businesses Webinars 

A weekly webinar series that provides clarification for PPP and other federal program funding,

 

Click here

Shop Small Hawaii

Provides business resources and tools to the community through free educational workshops, promotions, and special events for community partners.

 

Click here to register your business and receive updates

Farm Answers COVID-19 Library

A library of documents and webinars for farmers to adapt their businesses during COVID-19.

 

Click here

Pro Service Hawaii Business Guide

Extensive business guides and webinars on how to run businesses during a crisis, including a specific webinar for agriculture/farming.
 

Click here

Online Livestock Marketing Webinar Series

This 4-part webinar series, presented by CTAHR, will focus on the direct-to-consumer marketing and sale of animal products using various online platforms and tools.
 

 

To register, click here.

Livestock Pau Hana Talk Story

Livestock Pau Hana is an informal, bi-weekly discussion presented by CTAHR, the Livestock Extension Group, and Hawaii’s Cattlemen’s Council discussing the impacts of COVID-19 and other issues on Hawaii livestock operations.


To register, click here. After you register, you should receive a confirmation email explaining how to join the meeting. After registering, you can use the same link for all future webinars.

Cattlemen’s College Online Campus

The Cattlemen’s College Online Campus is a portal of on-line learning opportunities for those interested in beef product promotion, research, information and related activities financed by the beef checkoff and similar market development investments.

It contains conference sessions, workshops, presentations, and webinars.

 

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The Kohala Center's Farm Bill Program Funding Webinar

This webinar provides a broad overview for some of the funding options available to farmers, ranchers, and other Hawaii agriculturalists, as well as some best practices for applying to any grant.

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Maui Economic Development Board COVID-19 Business Assistance Webinar Series

The COVID-19 Business Assistance Series, sponsored by the County of Maui, aims to help small businesses navigate the resources available to them, with clear step-by-step instructions. The webinar on May 14 focused on Agriculture and COVID-19 Loan Relief Programs.

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Setting Up an Online Store Webinar

The University of Kentucky has hosted a webinar that slowly walks farmers through the process of setting up an online Square store. This is especially helpful for those who aren’t tech-savvy! 

 

 

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Farmers Markets Physical Redesign for COVID-19 Mitigation

Presented by Farmers Market Coalition, this webinar focuses on the physical redesign of farmers market spaces and shares examples of how market operators have implemented new practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Hawaii Coffee Association Webinars

Hawaii Coffee Association is hosting a webinar on June 24th and 25th designed to provide insights into the current state of Hawaii’s and the global coffee industry, and to offer information to help them cope with the current conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Registration link coming soon.

Farmers' Q+A on Unemployment Insurance Webinar 

This webinar answers farmers and ranchers' commonly asked unemployment insurance questions.


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Online Sales Platforms for Farmers Webinar

This webinar, presented by Oregon Tilth, presents alternative ways that farmers and ranchers can markeet their products, including several direct-to-consumer online sales platforms suitable for producers.

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Farmer's Market Best Practices

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Cultivating Success Sustainable Small Farms Education Webinars

This webinar series presents best practices specific to COVID-19 for farm deliveries, CSAs, and farmers markets. There are also webinars on finance, mentorship and direct marketing created just for farmers.

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More webinars coming soon!

More webinars coming soon!

 
ONLINE SALES INFORMATION

Things to Consider When Selling Online

 
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