The first of two informational workshops on the Maui County Agricultural Micro Grant Program 3.0 will be held at 4:30 p.m. today at the MEO Family Center in Wailuku. A follow-up workshop is set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani.
Prospective grant applicants will receive application and award information to help them understand the process and the documents required for grant applications. The applications will be available to farmers and small ranchers beginning Monday, Oct. 17.
Tonight’s informational meeting will also be offered via Zoom. The link is https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85320934279?pwd=VTI2czZPUzlzcjczWUFJUU05ajFkQT09. The meeting ID is 853 2093 4279; passcode 221305.
The $3 million Maui County-funded program is administered by Maui Economic Opportunity’s Business Development Center. The program offers up to $25,000 in grants to operating farms on less than 12 acres and livestock ranches up to 40 acres possessing a county business or state general excise license as of July 1, 2022. Preference will be given to women and Native Hawaiians.
Grants may be used for farming equipment, infrastructure, inventory, technology and marketing. MEO will be making payments directly to vendors.
The deadline to submit applications is Dec. 16, 2022. About 150 grants are expected to be awarded.
Announcements about grant awards are expected to begin January 2023.
Farmers and ranchers may begin downloading applications on Oct. 17 at https://www.meoinc.org/programs-services/business-development-center/micro-grants/ or obtaining them in-person at MEO’s Wailuku office, 99 Mahalani St.
For more information, contact the MEO Business Development Center at (808) 249-2990 or by email at email@example.com.