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Pivot grants, DA BUX program help businesses, families

Posted on Oct 28, 2020 in Capitol Connection, Featured

Help is on the way for thousands of small businesses and organizations that had to pivot or change their operations in response to COVID-19. The $25 million program will offer grants up to $10,000 to reimburse costs or cover future expenses. “In recent months, businesses have had to show creativity and grit just to survive,” the governor said. “They’ve had to pivot from one way of working to something radically different.” The HAWAI‘I BUSINESS PIVOT GRANT program, funded with federal CARES Act funds, is a partnership with the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism and with the Chamber of Commerce Hawai‘i, which will administer the grants. For details, go to The application portal will remain open through Nov. 23, as long as funds are available.

DA BUX PROGRAM – The State of Hawai‘i is matching a donation of half a million dollars from a hui of private-sector partners to double the value of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits spent on locally grown food. Those with DA BUX Access Cards will get 50 percent discounts on qualifying locally grown fruits, vegetables and proteins at participating grocery stores statewide, including KTA Super Stores and Times Supermarkets. For details, go to

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