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

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Current online applicants in Hawaii are browsing from the following cities: Kailua, Mountain View, 'Aiea, Kalaheo, Hana, Pearl City, Manana, Honaunau, Waimea, Kapa'a, Captain Cook

Recent State Funding Opportunities

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

Funding Opportunity
Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services (2024) (Apply for NANH FY24)

Funding Number: NANH FY24
Agency: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Category: Arts (see Cultural Affairs in CFDA), Humanities (see Cultural Affairs in CFDA)
Funding Amount: $250,000
Schofield Barracks Range Support Range Division Hawaii, Integrated Training Area Management (ITAM) (Apply for W911KB 23 2 0007)

Funding Number: W911KB 23 2 0007
Agency: Department of Defense, Alaska District
Category: Environment
Funding Amount: $1,497,028
Schofield Barracks Vegetation Management and ITAM Support Range Division Hawaii, Integrated Training Area Management (ITAM) (Apply for W911KB 23 2 0006)

Funding Number: W911KB 23 2 0006
Agency: Department of Defense, Alaska District
Category: Environment
Funding Amount: $1,437,916
Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) LRAM Support Range Division Hawaii, Integrated Training Area Management (ITAM) (Apply for W911KB 23 2 0005)

Funding Number: W911KB 23 2 0005
Agency: Department of Defense, Alaska District
Category: Environment
Funding Amount: $1,275,248
Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE): Higher Education Programs (HEP): Institutional Service: Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions Program Part A, Assistance Listing Number 84.031W (Apply for ED GRANTS 041823 002)

Funding Number: ED GRANTS 041823 002
Agency: Department of Education
Category: Education
Funding Amount: $1,000,000
Management, Nuisance Wildlife Bellows Air Force Station (BAFS) O’ahu, Hawaii (Apply for W911KB 23 2 0004)

Funding Number: W911KB 23 2 0004
Agency: Department of Defense, Alaska District
Category: Environment
Funding Amount: $62,727
Schofield Barracks LRAM Support Range Division Hawaii, Integrated Training Area Management (ITAM) (Apply for W911KB 23 2 0001)

Funding Number: W911KB 23 2 0001
Agency: Department of Defense, Alaska District
Category: Environment
Funding Amount: $1,334,046
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE): Rural, Insular & Native Achievement Programs: Native Hawaiian Education (NHE) Program, Assistance Listing Number 84.362A (Apply for ED GRANTS 031423 003)

Funding Number: ED GRANTS 031423 003
Agency: Department of Education
Category: Education
Funding Amount: Case Dependent
Native Hawaiian Library Services Grants (2023) (Apply for NAG HAWAIIAN FY23)

Funding Number: NAG HAWAIIAN FY23
Agency: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Category: Arts (see Cultural Affairs in CFDA), Humanities (see Cultural Affairs in CFDA)
Funding Amount: $150,000
2023 NOAA Hawaii Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program (Apply for NOAA NOS OCM 2023 2007573)

Funding Number: NOAA NOS OCM 2023 2007573
Agency: Department of Commerce
Category: Education, Environment
Funding Amount: $150,000

 

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