County of Hawaii Soliciting Proposals for Economic Development Grants

The Hawaii County Department of Research and Development is soliciting proposals for economic development grant awards in preparation for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

Research and DevelopmentThe intent of the grant program is to support sustainable economic development in agriculture, business development, energy, film, STEM industries, and tourism. Proposals must address and support the program goals and 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.

All proposals reviewed and recommended for funding by the Department of Research and Development shall be subject to the availability of funds. Notification of the Department’s approval and recommendation for funding shall be made by June 30, 2016.

Proposal forms, specifications and special provisions can be obtained at the Department website at or call (808) 961-8366. Questions regarding clarification of any information contained in the Solicitation for Proposals document, including all attachments, must be received in writing on or before March 14, 2016. The County of Hawai‘i reserves the right to reject any proposal.

Public Information Sessions:

The Department of Research and Development is hosting two public information sessions to explain the grant program process for potential applicants.

Special guest, Tim W. O’Connell, Assistant to the State Director, Rural Development, US Dept of Agriculture, will also be there to present information on Rural Development opportunities that may complement applicants’ projects and provide sources of matching funds.
Registration for these sessions is not required, but will be appreciated so that we know how many people to expect. Please use the links below to RSVP to either of the sessions.

RSVP for the West Hawai‘i Public Information Session Tues., Feb 16th, 1:30 p.m. WHCC Bldg. G

RSVP for the East Hawai‘i Public Information Session Friday, February 19, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. County of Hawai‘i Aging and Disability Resource Center 1055 Kinoole Street, Suite 101, Hilo Training Room

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) – has identified South Kohala as a priority area for funding. NFWF will award grants to address negative impacts to coral reefs and improve coral reef management effectiveness. Average grant award range $30k – $75k and matching funds are required:  or contact Julia Rose (808) 268-0479 for more information.

USDA Federal Planning Assistance for Broadband & Sustainable Community Development – Cool and Connected –will help community members develop strategies and an action plan for using planned or existing broadband service to promote smart, sustainable community development. Submit letter of interest to Ed Fendley at by Wed., Feb. 24, 2016 – include “Cool & Connected” and the name of your community in email subject line.

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