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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    

 

CLOSED: R&D INNOVATION GRANTS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019-2020 

Award List

CLOSED: R&D is requesting proposals for innovation grant awards in preparation for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The intent of the grant program is to support research, programs, or projects that advance innovation in economic development, tourism agriculture, creative economy, energy, and sustainable development in Hawai‘i County.

SEALED PROPOSALS must be received on or before 4:30 p.m. Hawai‘i-Aleutian Standard Time, Monday, May 13, 2019, in either of two locations. 

  • In Hilo, deliver to the County of Hawai‘i, Department of Research and Development, 25 Aupuni Street, Room 1301, Hilo, HI 96720.
  • In Kailua-Kona, deliver to the County of Hawai‘i, Department of Research and Development, 75-5044 Ane Keohokālole Highway, Building C (Second Floor), Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

Please read the Request for Proposal below for complete proposal requirements:

Grant Forms in PDF Fillable and Word Format

Grant Reporting Form in PDF Fillable and Word Format

CLOSED: R&D HAWAI‘I ISLAND VISITOR PROMOTIONS GRANT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019-2020

CLOSED: R&D is requesting proposals for the visitor promotions grant award in preparation for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The intent of the grant program is to support marketing initiatives that grow Hawai‘i Island’s visitor arrivals and expenditures, and strengthen Hawai‘i Island’s brand to sustain the visitor industry in a way that protects the assets of the island, while providing economic benefit to the island’s businesses and residents.

SEALED PROPOSALS must be received on or before 4:30 p.m. Hawai‘i-Aleutian Standard Time, Monday, May 13, 2019, in either of two locations. 

  • In Hilo, deliver to the County of Hawai‘i, Department of Research and Development, 25 Aupuni Street, Room 1301, Hilo, HI 96720.
  • In Kailua-Kona, deliver to the County of Hawai‘i, Department of Research and Development, 75-5044 Ane Keohokālole Highway, Building C (Second Floor), Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

Please read the Request for Proposal below for complete proposal requirements:

Grant Forms in PDF Fillable and Word Formats

Grant Reporting Forms in PDF Fillable and Word Formats

GRANT TRAINING

  • 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 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GRANT ARCHIVE

FOUNDATION GRANT INFORMATION 

NEW: 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.

Hawai‘i County organizations and residents are invited to apply for access to the Department of R&D’s GrantStation subscription. Please follow this multi-step, but simple process: 

  1. Submit an Application for Access to GrantStation to R&D using the online application form.
  2. Receive acceptance from R&D via email along with an invitation to create a fee account on the Hawai‘i County Grant Connection website where the GrantStation portal is located.
  3. Go to Hawai‘i County Grant Connection.
  4. Select the Log In menu selection located at the upper right corner of the website.
  5. Enter user’s email address and the password of choice on the “Sign up” page.
  6. R&D will approve the new account based on information submitted on the Application for Access.
  7. Upon electronic notification that user’s Hawai‘i County Grant Connection “membership” has been approved, (a) go to Hawai‘i County Grant Connection, (b) select the “Log in for access” menu item, (c) on the “Sign up” page, select the statement at the bottom “I’m already a member log in” statement at the bottom, and (d) log in using the email address and password used to create the account.
  8. To access GrantStation log in to Hawai‘i County Grant Connection, go to the members only “Login for Access” page, click on the GrantStation logo, and begin searching for grants.  

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

GRANT PROGRAMS

  • Hilo Preservation Grant Program. Through a partnership with preservation funders, Historic Hawai‘i Foundation has established a new gant program to support preservation and beautification project in historic Downtown Hilo on Hawai‘i Island. The overall goal is to support projects that improve the appearance and longevity of Hilo’s historic waterfront and downtown area.  The inaugural grant cycle opens on June 1, 2019 and grant applications are due August 5, 2019.  For more information and to apply for the grant, visit Historic Hawai‘i Foundation website.

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. 

FUNDING STATISTICS

NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION RESOURCES

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