County Solicits for Proposals — Economic Development Grants for Fiscal Year 2017-2018

What is the Department of Research and Development Economic Development Grants Program?

The Department of Research and Development (R&D) Economic Development Grants program is an annual competitive opportunity intended to support sustainable economic development for Hawai‘i Island through projects that advance the goals and objectives of the following R&D program areas: agriculture, business sectors and STEM industries, energy, film, Resource Center initiatives, and tourism.

Who is eligible to apply for funding?

The following list of entities may apply provided they serve the residents of and visitors to the County of Hawai‘i:

The following list of entities may apply provided they serve the residents of and visitors to the County of Hawai‘i:
a. Non-profit organizations exempt from federal income tax by the Internal Revenue Service or non-profit organizations that are registered with the State of Hawai‘i.
b. Educational institutions.
c. State and County agencies.

Who is ineligible to apply for funding?
Individuals and for-profit businesses may not apply for funding.

May applicants apply through non-profit fiscal sponsors?
Yes, as long as the project or program results in a broad-based community benefit.

What is the average award amount?
Awards may range from $1,000 to $25,000 depending on the program and the proposed project; see the Solicitation for Proposals under Program Goals and Objectives for details.

 Is there a matching funds requirement?
Yes, there is a one-to-one matching funds requirement. This means that for every dollar of R&D funding awarded, there must be one dollar of funding from another source. The matching funds may be a combination of cash and in-kind contributions. Matching funds may not come from any other County of Hawai‘i source (unless the applicant is a County agency).

Why do you require matching funds?
Program funding is meant to supplement the proposed project, and should not be an applicant’s sole source of funds for the project. Research and Development wants to leverage limited funding for maximum impact, and looks to fund projects that demonstrate readiness for implementation and a high likelihood of success.

May I apply for funding for a two-year project?
No; the program is based on the County of Hawai‘i’s fiscal year, therefore the Economic Development Grants for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 will fund projects that occur between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Funding is for a 12 month period only and all awarded projects must be initiated by June 30, 2018.

What kinds of things does this program fund?
All expenses should be reasonable and directly related to the proposed project. Common allowable uses of R&D funding include:

  • Advertising.
  • Brochures, printing, collateral materials.
  • Electronic media.
  • Equipment purchase (excluding electronic equipment).
  • Equipment rental.
  • Facility rental.
  • Postage.
  • Public relations.
  • Salary and wages.
  • Security.
  • Shipping.
  • Consultant services.
  • Supplies and materials.
  • Travel.
  • Website development
  • .
  • What is the deadline for proposals?
    Proposals must be received in the Department of Research and Development’s Hilo or Kailua-Kona office by 4:30 p.m., Hawai‘i-Aleutian Standard Time, on Friday, April 28, 2017. The deadline is not a post mark date. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered and will be returned to the proposers unopened.
  • Where do I mail my proposal?
    Mail proposals to:
    County of Hawai‘i Department of Research and Development
    25 Aupuni Street, Room 1301
    Hilo, HI 96720
  •  Where do I deliver my proposal?
    Proposals will be accepted in the Department of Research and Development offices in Hilo and in Kailua-Kona:
    East Hawai‘i: The Hilo office is located in Room 1301 of the County Building at 25 Aupuni Street, on the corner of Aupuni Street and Pauahi Street (not to be confused with the County’s Aupuni Center complex, which is located across Aupuni Street at 101 Pauahi Street)
    West Hawai‘i: The Kailua-Kona office is located at the West Hawai‘i Civic Center at 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Building C (Second Floor).
    Both offices are open from 7:45 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the following exceptions:
     Monday, March 27, 2017, Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole Holiday
     Friday, April 14, 2017, Good Friday Holiday
    May I fax or e-mail my proposal?
    No; neither faxed nor e-mailed submissions will be accepted.
    May I attach my own budget to my proposal and simply write “see attached” on the forms in the application package?
    No. All applicants are expected to use the same forms. For your convenience, forms are available in Word, PDF, and Excel (budget only) versions. Please do not radically alter any of the forms. If you require more lines in your budget form you may unprotect the Word version and in the Table menu insert additional rows. Similarly you may insert additional rows in the Excel budget form.
  • For further information, please contact the Department of Research and Development at 961-8366 in Hilo, or at 323-4700, or email at chresdev@hawaiicounty.gov .