Hawai‘i Agri-Tourism Support Mini-Grants

This mini-grant program aims to expand or enhance new and existing agri-tourism projects. Proposed projects are expected to capture growth throughout the granting period. Proposals may be collaborative with public and private partners. For questions, see the FAQ below.


Where do I find the application form for the Hawaiʻi Agri-Tourism Support Mini-Grants?

1. Go to: https://oahurcd.org/2020/07/20/hta-mini-grants/
2. Application form will be live on August 1, 2020.

Who can I send questions to?

Email questions to Frankie Koethe at frankie.koethe@oahurcd.org, no later than 11:59 PM HST on Friday, September 4th, 2020.

When are applications due?

Completed applications must be submitted via email to frankie.koethe@oahurcd.org no later than 11:59pm HST on Wednesday, September 9th, 2020.

What is the timeline for completing an awarded activity?

All activities supported by the mini-grant must be completed between October 1, 2020 and March 31st, 2021.

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants must meet all of these eligibility items:

1. Attend 3 sessions of the Hawaiʻi Agri-Tourism Webinars 2020 –  (1 county market opportunity, 1 compliance & planning, 1 grant application session). This includes participants who attended live webinars AND participants who watched the 3 listed sessions as recordings. 

2. Your operation is registered with the State of Hawaiʻi.

3. You can commit to a 20% matching contribution in cash.

4. You are an agricultural operator or a tourism operator with an agricultural partner.

I am a non-profit, can I apply?

Both non-profit organizations and for-profit businesses are eligible to apply (NOTE: non-profit organizations will only be eligible for one HTA award in a fiscal year)

What can I spend the Mini-Grant on?

1. All project funds must be used to expand or enhance agri-tourism operations. 

2. Examples of items/activities eligible for mini-grant award:
a. Farm tours for agriculture education
b. Online store/booking development
c. Marketing collateral development for collaborations
d. Marketing plan development to increase revenue
e. Transportation or operation support to host a farm tour

3. Examples of items/activities NOT eligible for mini-grant award:
a. Purchase of equipment or organic materials (ie. livestock, plants, soil)
b. Marketing surveys
c. Permitting/licensing support

How much funding can I request?

Applicants can request up to $3,000 and must commit a 20% matching contribution to the project in cash.

What will make my application rank higher for a better chance to receive awarding?

Projects proposed will be scored based on: 

1. 30% Likelihood of successful implementation: applicant presents a concise, well-defined plan, and all proposed activities are feasible with realistic costs and implementation timeline.)

2. 25% Return on investment: the proposed activities will have a positive, financial impact on the applicant’s operation.

3. 10% Collaboration with partner company, farm or organization to enhance the quality of the offering (all partners should be identified in the Project Outcomes and provide a Letter of Support to be included with the application).

4. 25% Clear outcomes and measurable results: the proposed activities have specific outcomes and a plan to measure results in terms of the number of residents and non-residents served (Residents and non-residents must be counted separately, but will be scored equally) and also other measures of success defined by the applicant.
5. 10% Long-term impact: the proposed activities are of strategic importance for the long-term success of the applicant in agri-tourism.