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This Grants and Funding page is intended to provide a variety of grant search and proposal development tools for use by nonprofit organizations, county agencies, and educational institutions in Hawai‘i County.

Grant Training | Common Mistakes Grant Applicants Make |  R&D Innovation Grants | Foundation Grant InformationGrantstation | Other Subscription-Based Foundation Grant Information| Local Foundation and Corporate Funders | County of Hawai‘i Grant Opportunities | State of Hawai‘i Grant Opportunities | Federal Grant Opportunities and Resources | Miscellaneous Grant Search Resources | Crowdfunding | Funding Statistics | Nonprofit Organization Resources    

GRANT TRAINING

  • The Department of R&D is hosting a two-day Grant Writing USA workshop on July 23-24, 2018, at the Aupuni Center Conference Room in Hilo. For more information or to register, download a flyer or go to Grant Writing USA.
  • The University of Hawai‘i’s Office of Continuing Education and Community Service offers courses in grant writing, grant management, and not-for-profit management. Check online for course availability at http://hawaii.hawaii.edu/. Upcoming courses:
  • GrantSpace (a service of The Foundation Center) contains a wealth of free information and guidance related to grant seeking. Its subject page provides further guidance by funding category.
  • The BJA Grant Writing and Management Academy is a free online tutorial offered by the US Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance. The program was designed  for criminal justice practitioners and state, local, and tribal jurisdictions (including any community- and/or faith-based partners) that apply for or receive federal grants. This training provides an overview of project planning, management, administration, and assessment of federally funded programs. The training encourages participants to think strategically about how they develop and fund projects. Participants are introduced to a variety of methods and tools used to identify community problems, administer and manage projects, and assess performance. https://www.bja.gov/GWMA/

COMMON MISTAKES GRANT APPLICANTS MAKE

 

The best way to get a grant is to contact the grant maker directly, tailor your application to the grant you’re seeking, and not overpromise results or exaggerate your abilities. Those are some of the tips from the grant makers and consultants The Chronicle of Philanthropy interviewed at an annual meeting of the Council on Foundations in Philadelphia.

 

R&D INNOVATION GRANTS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018-2019

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS NO. 2018-01

COUNTY OF HAWAI‘I DEPARTMENT OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS INNOVATION GRANTS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018-2019

Pursuant to Chapter 103D, HRS, The Hawai‘i County (“County”) Department of Research and Development (“Department”) is requesting proposals for innovation grant awards in preparation for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.  The intent of the grant program is to grow initiatives and support research that improve economic development, agriculture, energy, creative economy, tourism, and sustainable development in the County. Proposals must address and support community goals and the Department’s program objectives for the above subject areas. Proposals submitted shall be reviewed and considered for the receipt of funding, to supplement existing or proposed project or program budgets for the applicant organizations.

SEALED PROPOSALS must be received on or before 4:30 p.m. Hawai‘i-Aleutian Standard Time, Friday, May 11, 2018, in either of two locations. In Hilo, deliver to the County of Hawai‘i, Department of Research and Development, 25 Aupuni Street, 1301, Hilo, HI 96720. In Kona, deliver to the County of Hawai‘i, Department of Research and Development, 75-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Building C (Second Floor), Kailua-Kona, HI 96740. The deadline noted above is not a post mark date. Proposals must be received by the County by the above referenced deadline at either of the above locations. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered and will be returned to the applicant unopened.

All proposals reviewed and recommended for funding by the Department shall be subject to the County’s executive and legislative review of the Department’s budget for fiscal year 2018-2019. Notification of the Department’s approval and recommendation for funding shall be made by July 2, 2018.

Proposal forms, specifications and special provisions can be obtained by selecting the links below or by calling (808) 961-8366. The deadline for submitting written questions is Thursday, March 29, 2018. The County of Hawai‘i reserves the right to reject any proposal.

Public Information Session Schedule - No RSVP Required:

West Hawai‘i: Thursday, March 22, 2018, from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.

  •  West West Hawai‘i Civic Center, Department of Research and Development
  • 75-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Building C, 2nd Floor, Kailua-Kona

East Hawai‘i: Friday, March 23, 2018, from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.

  •  Aupuni Center Conference Room (next door to Department of Human Resources)
  • 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 1, Hilo

Request for Proposals (Fillable PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions

Proposal Toolkit 

Grant Application Forms in Word, PDF, and Excel Formats

Grant Reporting Forms in Word, PDF, and Excel Formats

 

R&D ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GRANT ARCHIVE

FOUNDATION GRANT INFORMATION 

GRANTSTATION

GrantStation, Inc. offers nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies the opportunity to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects as well as resources to mentor these organizations through the grantseeking process.

Affordable membership is available directly through GrantStation or as part of membership with the Hawai‘i Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations or a subscription to The Chronicle of Philanthropy. The Department of Research and Development in in the process of creating a partnership with GrantStation to provide access to community nonprofit organizations and County agencies. Stay tuned for updates.  

OTHER SUBSCRIPTION-BASED FOUNDATION GRANT INFORMATION 

COUNTY OF HAWAI‘I GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

  • Nonprofit Grant Program, issued by the Department of Finance and Administered by the Hawai‘i County Council 
  • Contingency Relief Funds are awarded by the County Council. Go to the County Council web page for Council contact information along with records of the funds each Council Member has awarded during the fiscal year. 
  • Department of Research and Development Innovation Grants Program
  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, administered by the County Office of Housing and Community Development

STATE OF HAWAI‘I GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

FEDERAL GRANT OPPORTUNITIES AND RESOURCES

MISCELLANEOUS GRANT SEARCH RESOURCES

CROWDFUNDING

This alternative to grants, loans, and venture capital is growing in popularity. If you are curious on how to get the most from your crowdfunding campaign, take a look at this three minute animated video narrated by Slava Rubin, founder and CEO of Indiegogo.

 

  • The Hawai‘i Island Food Producers Fund is a new peer-to-peer online lending program for Hawai‘i Island farmers and Hawai‘i Island food processors utilizing at least one Hawai‘i Island-grown ingredient. This microloan program established by The Kohala Center uses the Kiva Zip platform. For more information please visit The Kohala Center’s Kiva Zip Loan website.
  • The WealthWorks “Guide to Crowdfunding for WealthWorks Value Chains” describes the types of projects best suited for crowdfunding, offers tips on types of crowdfunding income, and includes a list of crowdfunding platforms.
  • Wefficiency is a crowdfunding site launched on May 22, 2014, by the Blue Planet Foundation. Wefficiency enables nonprofits to install energy-efficient equipment that will lower their electricity bills. Contributors may donate or lend money through the site. Please refer to the program FAQ and Rules for details.

FUNDING STATISTICS

NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION RESOURCES

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