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East Hawai‘i: 25 Aupuni Street, Suite 1301, Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 961-8366 | Fax: (808) 935-1205

West Hawai‘i: 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Bldg C, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
(808) 323-4700


DIRECTOR:   Laverne R. Omori


DESCRIPTION: The mission of the department is to provide pro-active leadership, enhancing the quality of life, and sustainability of Hawai‘i Island communities through programs related to: agriculture, energy, tourism, economic development, community development, and film.

Economic Development Grants for Fiscal Year 2014-2015

Solicitation for Proposals

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Forms In MS Word

Budget Form in MS Excel

Deadline to Apply: April 25, 2014, 4:30 p.m. Hawai‘i-Aleutian Standard Time.
Please refer to the Solicitation for Proposals for details.

Be sure to download and save the electronic PDF, Word and Excel documents electronic files before beginning your grant application and proposal. Hard copies of the solicitation and forms are available at the Department of Research and Development offices in Hilo and in Kailua-Kona.

Department Program Areas

Agriculture:  The Agriculture Program provides facilitative leadership to both the public and private sectors to support the sustainable development of agriculture, forestry, aquaculture and other natural resources.

Business DevelopmentThe Business and Community Economic Development Program facilitates the development of a sustainable economy that enhances the standard of living of the residents and the economic viability of businesses in Hawai’i County.

Community Capacity Building:  The Hawai`i County Resource Center (HCRC) advances its mission to facilitate the sustainability of Hawai`i Island communities through community-based collaboration and capacity building services.

EnergyThe Energy Program develops and initiates energy efficiency programs and renewable energy projects based on our renewable energy resources. Energy Program represents County of Hawaii by participating in State and utility energy planning and regulatory programs, various Energy Boards and maintains the County’s Energy Emergency Preparedness Plan.

FilmThe Big Island Film Office promotes and supports film production, expands the infrastructure to sustain production and builds a supportive climate between business, government, community, and filmmakers on Hawai`i Island.

Funding and Grants Resources: The Department of Research and Development provides tools and resources county agencies and community partners to search for funding that will support their programs.

Healthcare: The Department of Research and Development works with the local health care industry to support collaborative efforts to maximize existing services, build the local healthcare workforce, and promote innovative healthcare delivery models with the goal to deliver the best possible healthcare services essential to a thriving economy and population.

Tourism:  The Tourism Program provides active leadership to strengthen and enhance Hawai‘i Island’s visitor industry. It’s efforts are directed by the by Hawaii Island Tourism Strategic Plan 2006-2015, which was created by a wide variety of industry stakeholders, government agencies and members of the community.

Information Resources:  The Information Resources Program collects, maintains and disseminates statistical, reference, and program information to County and State agencies, and the general public.


Closed Funding Opportunities

 Current Highlights

  • Geothermal Energy Working Group - January 2012 Interim Report: Evaluating geothermal energy as the primary resource for baseload power in the County of Hawaii