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Agricultural Micro Grant Available

MEO News Release 

Molokai farmers and ranchers have an opportunity for funding assistance. Applications for the popular Agricultural Micro Grant Program 3.0 – which offers up to $25,000 to Maui County small farmers and ranchers – will be available beginning Monday, Oct. 17.

The $3 million Maui County-funded program, administered by Maui Economic Opportunity’s Business Development Center, is open 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 to directly impact the availability of locally-grown produce, livestock and poultry and other related products. Funds may be used for farming equipment and machinery; processing and storage equipment; farm infrastructure, expansion and upgrades; inventory and supplies; packaging and packaging materials; or technology equipment.

The deadline to submit applications is Dec. 16. To apply, the following documentation is required: completed application, farm needs statement, copy of original General Excise Tax License or filed form G-45 or G-49, photo ID, and 2021 State Tax Return Form N-11 (proof of residency).

Farmers may apply on the MEO website at meoinc.org/agricultural-micro-grant-program/.

For more information, contact the MEO Business Development Center by phone at (808) 249-2990 or by email at bdcinfo@meoinc.org.

There is an informational workshop held on Maui that will also be available via Zoom on Oct. 12 at 4:30 p.m. The link is
us06web.zoom.us/j/85320934279?pwd=VTI2czZPUzlzcjczWUFJUU05ajFkQT09. The meeting ID is 853 2093 4279; passcode 221305.

On Molokai, two informational sessions will be held; one on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 5 p.m. via Zoom, and Friday Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. at the MEO Conference Room (limited seating). To receive the registration link, please call (808) 553-3270 or scan the QR code on the flier that has been posted on bulletin boards island wide.

Grant application and award information will be presented to help applicants understand the process and the documents required for grant applications.

Previous agriculture microgrant programs, funded by Maui County and operated by MEO’s BDC, helped more than 160 small farmers.


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