EDA Disaster Grants
The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced on August 13, 2019, that it is making $587 million available to eligible grantees in communities impacted by Presidentially declared natural disasters in 2018, and floods and tornadoes in 2019.
- EDA disaster grants are made by Regional Offices under the agency’s Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) Program, which enables EDA to make awards that support a wide range of construction and non-construction activities in areas which experience sudden and prolonged severe economic dislocation. The funds were announced through the publishing of the Fiscal Year 2019 Disaster Supplemental Notice of Funding Opportunity.
- Application submissions should be based on long-term, regionally-oriented, and collaborative development strategies that foster economic growth and resilience.
- Eligible applicants include: states, counties or cities; institutes of higher education; and public or private non-profit organizations acting in cooperation with local or state officials, among others. EDA is not authorized to provide grants to individuals or for-profit entities.
- There are no application deadlines. The agency will accept proposals on a rolling basis until a new Disaster Supplemental Notice of Funding Opportunity is issued, the current Notice of Funding Opportunity is cancelled, or all funds are obligated.
- Projects must be consistent with the county's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.
For more information, please visit the EDA and Disaster Recovery page.
The County and its community partners are collaborating to revitalize affected villages such as Pāhoa and Volcano. Opportunities to participate in new programs or events will be posted to this site.
Strategies that are being pursued or are already in progress include:
- Creative Placemaking Grants (e.g. murals)
- Business Refresh Workshops
- Workforce Development
Pāhoa High School Mural, May 2019
Pāhoa Aquatic Center Mural, May 2019
- The Small Business Administration (SBA) disbursed over $10 million in business loans to local small businesses.
- National Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs), formerly known as National Emergency Grants (NEGs), are discretionary grants awarded by the Secretary of Labor. DWGs provide resources to states and other eligible applicants to respond to large, unexpected layoff events causing significant job losses.
- This funding was intended to temporarily expand capacity to serve dislocated workers due to the eruption.
- Disaster DWGs provide funding to create temporary employment opportunities to assist with clean-up and recovery efforts, when an area impacted by disaster is declared eligible for public assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or otherwise recognized by a Federal agency with authority or jurisdiction over Federal response to the emergency or disaster.