USDA Rural Development is accepting applications from agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements. Contact for application assistance.
This program provides up to $500,000 grants to Hawaii small businesses with fewer than 50 employees to help establish a local supply chain of cleaning supplies and PPE, including hand sanitizer. There are two sessions on 8/24 (at 8:30 am and 1:00 pm) with more information.
NRCS will award $250,000-$10 M in funding to locally driven, public-private partnerships that improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability. Partners must offer value-added contributions to amplify the impact of the funding in amount equal or greater to NRCS’ investment. A webinar on August 27th at 9am Hawaii Time will provide general program information.
This grant aims to establish job accelerators with related programming that creates high-wage jobs in distressed rural communities, accelerates the formation of new businesses, strengthens regional economies, and helps rural communities identify and maximize local assets and connect to regional opportunities and industry clusters. RISE grants are provided on a first come, first serve basis. Examples of previous projects include an innovation center providing vocational and educational resources to help broaden the local aquaculture industry. Funds may be used for construction, the purchase of a building, equipment and costs associated with the job accelerators. It has a $500,000 minimum and $2 M funding cap. Click here to listen to the RISE listening session and here to view the presentation slides. The RFP will open in Fall 2020.
Pacific Gateway Center’s Job Creation through Agriculture Program
This program helps both new and existing agricultural enterprises on Oahu and Hawaii Island by providing access to farmland and micro-loans for low-income farmers, start-up assistance including business plan, promotion and marketing assistance, and education and training on topics such as food safety and regulatory requirements. Language assistance and guidance is also available.
Kahiau Rural Business Development Microloan Program
Kahiau Rural Business Development Microloan Program offers technical assistance and $2,000-$15,000 2% interest loans for businesses to help them develop and build a network. Businesses must have a Native Hawaiian or kama`āina owner/operator and be located on Hawaii Island or Molokai.
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.
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.
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.
The Hawaii State Legislature will provide private or independent medical and dental practices, small hospitals, child, adult or foster care facilities, small businesses, and nonprofits in Hawaii with free PPE. Locally available supplies will be distributed quickly, but it may take up to three months to receive your full order.
Small businesses are eligible to apply for up to $100,000 grants for Phase I projects or $106,500 for Phase I projects with technical and business assistance. USDA SBIR Program allows small businesses to explore technological potential and provides an incentive to profit from the commercialization of innovative ideas. Projects should prove scientific or technical feasibility of the approach or concept. Agricultural related manufacturing and alternative and renewable energy technology projects are encouraged to apply.
The Kokua Maui County Small Business Recovery & Relief Fund helps local small businesses survive and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. The fund covers reimbursable business expenses up to $7,500 limited to rent/lease payments, utility payments, and COVID-19 related safety precautions at the place of business.
The County of Kauai is partnering with local credit unions to create a Small Business Boost Grant. This fund will provide up to $7,500 in financial support to small businesses on Kauai to help offset losses related to COVID-19. More information will be announced in mid-August- click here to receive notification when the grant is announced.
Hawaii Tourism Authority $3,000 Mini Grants and Webinar Series
The Hawaii Tourism Authority is funding $3,000 mini-grants to nonprofit and for-profit businesses to create agri-tourism opportunities. They held an agri-tourism webinar series across the state starting with island-based updates and market opportunity panels for each county. Organizations had to register and attend the market opportunity webinar for their county, the compliance and planning webinar, and the grant application process webinar to be eligible for the $3,000 mini-grant.
Hawaii Community Foundation is offering grants for projects that address one or more phases of their four-phased approach to community resilience. The four phases are: (1) Risk reduction (2) Rapid relief and response (3) Recovery and stabilization (4) Rebuilding resilience
The Emergent Fund supports strategies that help communities respond to rapidly changing conditions. They look to fund projects that support community development through long-term economic or social justice.
The 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. Businesses must operate in the C&C of Honolulu, maintain a commercial address, employ 50 or fewer employees, and have annual revenues less than $1M.
GoFundMe will give $500 to businesses that raise at least $500 on their platform. 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.
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.
This program funds up to $10,000 in one-time reimbursements to businesses and nonprofits in Hawaii County. COVID-19 related business interruption costs from 3/23/2020 are eligible. Interested applicants can view the program FAQs here, and apply through the participating federal credit unions.
Small businesses and nonprofits with 50 or fewer employees may apply through participating credit unions for $10,000 grants to support core operations, safe ongoing and reopening costs, PPE, and training and technical assistance.
The C&C of Honolulu offers up to $2,000 per month in financial relief to Oahu households facing economic hardship due to COVID-19. Applicants should have no more than $10,000 in liquid assets and income should be 100% AMI or below.
Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements
This program provides funds to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to install renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements. The purpose of this program is to reduce energy costs and consumption.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) 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. If agricultural businesses applied to EIDL before EIDL was opened to agricultural businesses, applications will be processed without businesses having to reapply.
The Federal Reserve Main Street Lending Program is offered by the Federal Reserve to help banks give money more freely by purchasing a large portion of loans from banks. This program helps businesses maintain payroll and retain workers through the pandemic. This program is available to any business that has less than 15,000 employees and/or annual revenues under $5 billion.
HCRC Emergency Loan Program (HELP) provides short-term bridge loans and term loans between $15,000-$100,000 to non-profits and mission aligned small businesses that are otherwise unable to secure financing but have an immediate need for capital. Funds can be used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, utilities and other operating expenses to allow the organizations to stay open.
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative- Education and Workforce Development
The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative- Education and Workforce Development (EWD) focuses on developing the next generation of research, education, and extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences.
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. Towns, communities, state agencies, nonprofits, and institutes of higher education may apply.