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Recovery Grants

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The Hawai‘i County Council adopted Ordinance 2020-028 on April 8, 2020, to allow community nonprofit organizations to access recovery funds. Grants must serve disaster relief, recovery, mitigation or remediation assistance for physical damages or losses suffered by the 2018 Kīlauea eruption. The program is supported by recovery funds provided by the State. Nonprofits can receive up to $500,000 to support projects.

Application deadline: July 24, 2020.

For questions regarding the overall grant process, submittal process and/or items on the checklist contact: Patti Pinto, Recovery Assistant, at 961-8500 or patti.pinto@hawaiicounty.gov.  


  • Grants shall be used for expenses that are reasonably and directly related to the relief, recovery, mitigation, or remediation of the claim for disaster relief.
  • Grants may be used for capital improvement purposes as long as the structure, property, fixture or road was destroyed, damaged or shown to be at risk by the eruption.
  • All necessary permits must be received prior to the start of construction. 
  • A grant recipient shall submit written progress reports to the Recovery Team by Oct. 30, 2020, and again by Jan. 29, 2021. A final written report must be submitted within 60 days after the final expenditure of the amount of disaster relief funds that was awarded. The report shall include, but not be limited to, a detailed description focusing on specific, measurable outcomes of how the disaster relief funds were used and a breakdown of other funding sources and their expenditures.
  • Unspent grants must be returned. 
  • Prevailing wage requirements apply.

Review process

Applications will be reviewed and considered based on the authority set forth in the ordinance, which includes, but is not limited, to:

  • The extent to which the organization has the capacity to carry out the proposed use of the disaster relief funds;
  • The strength of fiscal and administrative controls to properly manage the disaster relief funds;
  • The ability to leverage or obtain other funds to contribute to the proposed use of the disaster relief funds;
  • The extent to which the proposed use of the disaster relief funds reflects a coherent and feasible approach, including a reasonable timeline for completion of the work, which shall demonstrate how the proposed use intends to address the relief, recovery, mitigation, and/or remediation following the 2018 Kīlauea eruption;
  • The submittal of a realistic, thorough, and accurate budget for the proposed use of the disaster relief funds;
  • The ability to build on existing networks and organizational structures to reduce resource overlaps and gaps;
  • The work to increase capacity (internally, and within community) in order to more effectively facilitate response to and recovery from future disasters;
  • For proposed programs and services, the robustness of a marketing and promotion campaign to directly advertise and reach impacted residents and businesses;
  • The ability to actively share information (data, storytelling, imagery) around impact being made around use of the disaster relief funds.

How to apply

  • Follow the instructions and submit required documentation.
  • Include a $25 processing fee.
  • Provide all information prior to the deadline. 

Applications and supporting documentation can be mailed to the Recovery Team at: 25 Aupuni St., Room 1301, Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720. 

Applications will also be accepted from 2-4 p.m. at the Puna District office in Pāhoa on the following days only: June 26, July 10 and July 17. The office is located at 15-2879 Pāhoa Village Road.

No electronic submissions will be accepted.

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