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Micro-Grants for Food Security Program: The State Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the Micro-Grants for Food Security Program, which provides support for small-scale gardening, herding and livestock operations to help produce food in areas that are insecure. Additional information is available at the grant portal. The deadline to apply is noon on April 23rd.

County of Kauai March 2021 Flood Event Damage Assessments & Reporting – If you have experienced any damages due to the flood event which have negatively affected your ranching or farming operation please contact Robert Ishikawa at the USDA Farm Services Agency to begin the reporting process.  Robert’s number is (808) 245-9014 extension #104.  As always, please spread the word among your fellow producers and members so that they have an opportunity to report.

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program – Additional Assistance The review of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) is ongoing and we anticipate a decision in the weeks ahead. Payments under the CFAP 2 signup that ended December have not been impacted in any way. The deadline of February 26 has been eliminated and USDA’s Farm Service Agency will continue to accept applications during the evaluation period. Interested applicants will have at least an additional 30 days to sign up after any decision is announced. For more information, visit: https://www.farmers.gov/cfap

Emergency Agricultural Loan Program – The Hawai`i Board of Agriculture approved an emergency loan program for farmers, growers and ranchers across the state who are suffering economically due to the COVID-19 situation. Eligible farmers may now apply for emergency loans of up to $150,000. To apply, call (808) 973-9460.

This Resources for Hawaii’s Agriculture Industry (PDF) provides summary information about major provisions that could offer critical support for the Agriculture Industry.

This Agribusiness Guidebook is available to help guide agriculture producers who are interested in starting an Agri-Tourism Operation.


Paycheck Protection Program  –The Small Business Administration launched a new round of the Paycheck Protection Program. This program provides forgivable loans to businesses that experienced a loss of revenue of at least 25%.To learn more about eligibility, you can read our News and Update summary post 

Shuttered Venue Operators GrantThe grant is intended to provide financial assistance to support eligible live venues and performing arts organizations . Eligible applicants can receive a grant for up to 45% of their 2019 gross earned revenue, up to $10M.

Targeted EIDL Advance – Businesses and nonprofit organizations that received the EIDL Advance in 2020 but did not receive the full $10K advance may be eligible to receive additional grant funds through the Targeted EIDL Advance in 2021. 

Rural Relief Small Business Grants are offered by Local Initiatives Support Council (LISC). These grants have been offered over a series of rounds. The grant supports small businesses in rural areas with  focus on entrepreneurs of color, women and veteran-owned businesses. To learn more, visit the LISC website.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advances are available.  To learn more, visit the SBA website.

Hawaii Pacific Health Business Hotline is a resource available to businesses from 7am to 4pm.  Businesses can call 808-763-2720 to speak with a health professional about COVID-19 preparedness, precautions and responses for your business.

Buy Hawaii, Give Aloha is an initiative launched by The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) to showcase products made in Hawaii.  Buy Hawaii, Give Aloha supports local businesses by providing a free platform for kama‘aina and visitors to find their favorite brands and discover new products.  To learn more or to sign up as a featured business, check out their website: https://invest.hawaii.gov/buy-hawaii/

Kauai Rise Initiative The County received a Rural Business Development Grant through the USDA to assist local businesses that are expanding or pivoting their business model. The grant funding will be used to pay for a business mentor who can work one-on-one with these growing businesses. Ultimately, this program aims to create new job opportunities for residents on the island. If your business is interested, you can email kauaiforward@kauai.gov for more information.

Small Business Development Center provides one-on-one business advice at no cost.  You can also view the calendar of business events here.

Kauai Chamber of Commerce has created a COVID-19 website with information and resources for Kauai businesses: https://www.covid19kauai.com/

Small Business Administration (SBA) has a business guidance and resources list here.

ProService Hawaii has several re-opening guides for Hawaii businesses on their website including: The-New-Normal_How-to-Make-a-Comeback-Plan

SimplicityHR by ALTRES COVID-19 Employer Resource site, is a website designed to help Hawaii businesses navigate the challenges you and your workforce are facing due to COVID-19. On this site you will find Employer News, Toolkits, Quicklink Resources and Articles and to help guide your efforts.  https://www.simplicityhr.com/covid-19/

The Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act: This guide can help you understand the federal resources available for small businesses as part of the CARES act.


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