Office of Economic Development Accepting Innovation Grant Proposals : Kauai Now : Kauai News & Information

Applications are now being accepted for a grant program that supports innovation on Kaua’i.

The County Office of Economic Development invites proposals for the 2022-2023 fiscal year innovation grants.

Grants support new programs or projects that advance innovation by identifying and solving local problems in the areas of small business, technology, transportation, agriculture, local manufacturing, creative industries, workforce development, circular economies and tourism. Eligible nonprofit organizations can apply for varying amounts of up to $50,000 for projects in different sectors that generate short- and long-term economic growth and diversification on Kaua’i.

Proposals must identify a known gap, problem, or need within the Kaua’i community and deploy an innovative community project that will be or has been successful in other settings.

Applications are accepted through the Amplifund Grants contract management system. To apply, go to Kaua’i Forward website. All applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on August 31.

Applications are not accepted by mail, e-mail or fax. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered.

Applicants will be notified of funding the week of October 15. The funding period for the project will run from November 1, 2022 to October 31, 2023.

The Office of Economic Development will host an informational webinar at 10 a.m. on August 16. The webinar will provide an overview of innovation grants and review the application process. A recording of the webinar will be available on the Kaua’i Forward website by August 18 for those unable to attend the live session.

To register for the webinar, click here or use this registration link.

Questions about the grant program can be emailed to [email protected] by 4:30 p.m. on August 18.

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