With more than $3,258.00 million dollars in grants and additional local government funding sources of $2,560.00 million dollars, the majority of the federal budget in government grants is put into the business sector every year as small businesses and large corporations are the foundation of the economic growth in Hawaii. There are 25,746 business establishments in the state of Hawaii, and they break down to the following:

Hawaii Business Sector Breakdown by Size:

  • 14,320 registered businesses in Hawaii have 0 to 4 employees. People who work at home with sole proprietorship are included in this breakdown.
  • 4,658 registered businesses in Hawaii have 5 to 9 employees.
  • 2,846 registered businesses in Hawaii have 10-19 employees.
  • 2,404 registered businesses in Hawaii have 20-99 employees.
  • 610 registered businesses in Hawaii have 100 to 499 employees.
  • Over 908 registered businesses in Hawaii have over 500 employees.

Hawaii Business Sector Breakdown in Service Industries:

  • 3,297 registered businesses in Hawaii are in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services sector.
  • 1,890 registered businesses in Hawaii are in the Administrative, Support, Waste Management, and Remediation Services sector.
  • 3,539 registered businesses in Hawaii are in the Accommodation and Food Services sector.
  • More than 3,522 registered businesses in Hawaii are also service orientated businesses but are not categorized to the above sectors.

If you are in the farming industry, you may be eligible to apply for small business grants as well. There are more than 8,000 farms in the state of Hawaii.

Starting and managing a small business in Hawaii is not an easy task. Over $17,742,683,000.00 US dollars are paid to employee salaries/payroll alone in the state of Hawaii and more than 3,675 businesses declare bankruptcy every single year. Although the federal government does not publically provide grants for starting and expanding a business, in Hawaii, some small business grants are given to business owners to start and grow their ventures, and grant recipients do not have to pay back the funding from government. Therefore, it makes sense to look into small business grants as one of your sources to fund your business.

To apply for business grants in Hawaii, contact Hawaii financial aid agencies, or

Access Applicant Portal

Current online applicants in Hawaii are browsing from the following cities: Pearl City, Manana, Waimea, Kane'ohe, Kilauea, Captain Cook, Kea'au, Kapa'a, Honaunau, Pukalani, Kula

Recent State Funding Opportunities

Below is a list of opportunities recently published in the local state:

Funding Opportunity
2023 NOAA Hawaii Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program (apply)

Funding Number: NOAA NOS OCM 2023 2007573
Agency: Department of Commerce
Category: Education, Environment
Funding Amount: $150,000
NEPA, Natural, and Cultural Resources Support to USMC I&L/MCICOM, MCIPAC, and MCB Hawaii (apply)

Funding Number: W911KB 22 2 0019
Agency: Department of Defense, Alaska District
Category: Environment
Funding Amount: $619,351
Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services (2023) (apply)

Funding Number: NANH FY23
Agency: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Category: Arts (see Cultural Affairs in CFDA), Humanities (see Cultural Affairs in CFDA)
Funding Amount: $100,000
Native Hawaiian Resource Center on Domestic Violence (apply)

Funding Number: HHS 2022 ACF ACYF EV 0164
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children Families - ACYF/FYSB
Category: Income Security and Social Services
Funding Amount: $1,000,000
Environmental Support at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Oahu, Hawaii (apply)

Funding Number: W911KB 22 2 0017
Agency: Department of Defense, Alaska District
Category: Environment
Funding Amount: $435,239
Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (apply)

Funding Number: FG 22 001
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminis
Category: Health
Funding Amount: $700,000
Natural Resources & Threatened Endangered Species Mgmt US Army Garrison Hawaii Oahu (apply)

Funding Number: W9126G22 2 SOI 3024
Agency: Department of Defense, Fort Worth District
Category: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Funding Amount: $30,000,000
Native Hawaiian Non-Profit Organization Child Care Grant (apply)

Funding Number: HHS 2022 ACF OCC YN 0090
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - OCC
Category: Income Security and Social Services
Funding Amount: $1,000,000
American Indian and Native Hawaiian Non-Profit Organization Child Care Grant (apply)

Funding Number: HHS 2022 ACF OCC YN 0091
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - OCC
Category: Income Security and Social Services
Funding Amount: $1,000,000
Heritage (Tourism) Opportunities in Hawaiʻi (HŌʻIHI) NATIVE Act Grant Program for Native Hawaiian Organizations (apply)

Funding Number: D22AS00295
Agency: Department of the Interior
Category: Community Development
Funding Amount: $150,000

 

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