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Kaua‘i’s OED opens up innovation grant application

LIHU‘E — The county Office of Economic Development is requesting proposals for its innovation grant program, which supports new programs or projects that advance innovation by identifying and solving local problems in the areas of small business, technology, transportation, agriculture, local manufacturing, creative industries, workforce development, circular economies and tourism.

Applications are being accepted through the Amplifund Grants contract-management system. To apply, visit the Kaua‘i Forward website, kauaiforward.com/OEDinnovationgrant2022. All applications must be submitted via the Amplifund system by 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 19.

Eligible nonprofit organizations can apply for up to $50,000 of funding for innovative projects that generate short-term and long-term economic growth and diversification on Kaua‘i.

As part of the application process, applicants will be asked to reflect on the impact of the work they do and who they are supporting, and to identify how they can incorporate more-equitable processes within their organization. Additionally, data will be collected to gain a broader sense of who is involved in the work of the nonprofit organizations and who is impacted by their work.

The OED is hosting an informational webinar Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. It will provide an overview of the Innovation Grants program and review the application process.

A recording of the webinar will be available on the Kaua‘i Forward website for those who are not able to attend the live session. To register for the webinar, use the following registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gcQPHf21QZ2qcgpXGx4hpw.

As part of the Innovation Grant review process, OED will be inviting the public to review and comment on proposals via the Consider.it.com website.

Questions about the grant program can be emailed to oedgrants@kauai.gov.
Source: The Garden Island

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