Grants for small businesses
Many small businesses have been significantly impacted as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. At HawaiiUSA, we understand just how important it is to take care of your employees, as well as your company, during this difficult time. That’s why we’ve partnered with the following counties to provide financial assistance to qualified small businesses.
City and County of Honolulu
The application is now OPEN. Visit oneoahu.org to apply, as well as for additional County of Honolulu programs and resources for Honolulu residents affected by COVID-19.
County of Kauai
The application is now closed. Visit kauaiforward.com for County of Kauai programs and resources for Kauai residents affected by COVID-19.
How it works
Since May 2020, HawaiiUSA has devoted time and resources to helping small businesses qualify for grants from the City and County of Honolulu, the County of Kauai, and the County of Hawaii. We believe in helping small businesses preserve jobs and restore hope, one application at a time.
Funding comes from the Federal Government and the Counties provide the online portal to submit applications, but that's where HawaiiUSA and other credit unions step in. Applications are assigned to one of the partnering credit unions regardless of membership, and it's the credit unions who review the long list of required information against what is received to ensure compliance. Once all required documents are received, the credit unions then process and mail cashier's checks.
Sounds like a long process, right? It can be. But for HawaiiUSA it's part of who we are and what we do: the spirit of "people helping people" in action. We strive to walk in our members' slippers. But going beyond what's required—calling and emailing applicants to follow up on incomplete documents instead of simply marking it “Not Approved”—is not special treatment reserved only for HawaiiUSA members. Many of the grant checks we've distributed have been to nonmembers. We believe that when we help with heart, we're building a better Hawaii for everyone.