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Recovery Funding

Funding Resources

At a Glance

  • In total, Hawaiʻi County could receive up to $300 million in State and Federal funding to support the 2018 Kīlauea eruption response and recovery.
  • Funds will be used to replace public infrastructure, address housing needs, restore economic well-being and to craft and implement a Recovery Strategic Plan.
  • Funding sources are subject to unique uses, regulations, guidelines and time constraints.

Current Situation

  • As of Oct. 31, 2019, the County spent about $15.5 million on response and recovery activities, including restoration of Highway 132.
  • As of Oct. 31, 2019, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reimbursed the County $3.6 million for emergency response activities. 


The County of Hawaiʻi has secured funding sources and is pursuing additional resources to help communities recover from the 2018 Kīlauea eruption. Funding resources will be implemented strategically alongside the recovery Action Planning Process to meet recovery goals and objectives.

Facts & Figures

Federal Funds – Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA 428 Public Assistance
  • Cost estimates for replacing damaged or destroyed infrastructure (which is subject to change) is about $177 million. FEMA would fund 75% of approved estimates. The County would provide a 25% match. 
  • Cost estimate breakdown:
    • $100 million for public road reconstruction projects. (Does not include Highway 132).
    • $40 million for water infrastructure projects.
    • $37 million for park reconstruction projects.
  • Status: Pending FEMA review and approval
 FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
  • The County could receive an estimated $15 million for mitigation projects.
  • Funds can be used for projects that reduce threats to lives and property.
  • Requires County match of 25% (not included in total).
  • The County could be eligible for additional HMGP funds, depending on the amount provided through Public Assistance. 
  • Status: Pending 

Federal Funds – Federal Highway Administration

  • Highway 132 restoration: $6.5 million (estimate for reimbursement).

Federal Funds – U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

  • Estimate: $83.84 million HUD Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR)
  • CDBG-DR funds are appropriated by Congress to help communities recover from natural disasters.
  • Approved projects can support disaster relief, long-term recovery, restoration of infrastructure, housing and economic revitalization.
  • Status: pending HUD publishing of Federal Register Notice and approval of the County’s Action Plan.

State Funds – Governor

  • $12 million via the Governor’s Office for response to the active eruption phase
  • $10 million via the Governor’s Office for continuing relief to protect the health, safety and welfare of displaced area residents, such as:
    • Food, water, temporary shelter-related goods and services, rental housing assistance
    • Relocation planning for residents and agricultural enterprises impacted by volcanic eruption. 
  • *Not for private purposes or long-term infrastructure repairs. 
  • Status: Received

State Funds – Legislature

  • State House Bill 1180: to provide relief, recovery, mitigation, and remediation assistance for disaster damage, losses, and suffering caused by the Kīlauea eruption. 
  • $20 million for relief, recovery, mitigation, and remediation assistance
    • Status: Received
  • $40 million loan to support matching funds required for federal infrastructure projects 
    • Status: Available to support matching funds required for federal infrastructure projects

Grant and In-Kind Funds

  • Economic Recovery 
    • $250,000 U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) Economic Development Grant
      • Requires $250,000 local match
      • Supports Kīlauea Economic Development Recovery Report, recovery of individual businesses, workforce, and entrepreneurship
      • Status: In-progress

    • $20,000 Cities for Financial Empowerment Grant
      • Status: In-progress

  • Health & Social Service/Housing Recovery
    • $1.68 million FEMA Disaster Case Management Grant
      • Status: Received
  • Natural & Cultural Resource Recovery Management
    • $225,000 FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant 
      • Requires $75,000 local match
      • Supports Volcanic Hazard Mitigation Report
      • Status: In-progress

    • In-Kind: Pacific Disaster Center Kīlauea Eruption Risk Assessment
      • Status: Delivered


  • $150,000 – Puna Geothermal Venture
  • $20,000 – Japanese Sister City & Chamber of Commerce
  • $9,245 – Yurihama Prefecture

Actionable Items

  • Complete recovery Action Planning Process
  • Deliver and implement Recovery Strategic Plan
  • Pursue additional funding sources to meet qualified matching grants

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