Hawaii Department of agriculture announces micro-grant program for small-scale agriculture is open

$1.9 million available under program

March 8, 2021


HONOLULU – The Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) is now 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.



In August 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded Hawai`i a total of $1,938,556.80 for this grant program which was established under the 2018 Farm Bill.



Information on the Request for Proposals may be found at the Hawai‘i State Procurement website at: https://hands.ehawaii.gov/hands/opportunities/opportunity-details/20023 . The maximum award for an individual is $5,000 for a project of 12 months, $2,500 for a six-month project. Under the grant program rules, religious organization, food banks and food pantries may also apply. Applications/proposals must be emailed to hdoa.addrfp@hawaii.gov and received by noon, April 23, 2021.



“Through the pandemic, there has been an increase in backyard and small-scale farming which has helped families to economically supplement their basic food needs,” said Gov. David Ige. “This grant program presents a unique opportunity to support subsistence agriculture in Hawai`i.”



“Small-scale farmers and food gardens are often left out of federal funding programs,” said Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser, chairperson of the Hawai`i Board of Agriculture. “In these cases, we know that a little support can go a long way to help food security for our families and communities.”




Examples of the types of activities that may be funded under this grant include:


Small-Scale Gardening – purchase tools or equipment, soil, seeds, plants, canning equipment, refrigeration, composting equipment, towers, hydroponic and aeroponic farming.


Small-Scale Herding and Livestock Operations – purchase animals, buy, erect or repair fencing for livestock, activities or supplies associated with setting up or equipping a slaughter and processing facility, including purchasing mobile slaughterhouses.


Expanding Access to Food and Knowledge of Food Security – create or expand avenues for the sale of food commodities – includes paying for shipping of purchased items related to growing or raising food for local consumption.




Additional information, including Frequently Asked Questions, are available at the grant portal at: https://hands.ehawaii.gov/hands/opportunities/opportunity-details/20023



To assist interested parties with the application requirements, a Zoom webinar has been scheduled for:


Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.



Meeting ID: 983 7226 2871

Passcode: HDOAMDB


Information and a recording of the webinar will also be posted at: http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/add/md/


Eligible proposals will be reviewed by a panel in each county and awards are expected to be announced in May 2021, with the first disbursement of funds expected in July 2021.


Contact: Hawaii Department of Agriculture’s Market Development Branch

Phone: (808) 973-9595

Email: hdoa.addrfp@hawaii.gov

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