Innovative grants awarded to 8 proposals for $370,000 : Kauai Now : Kauai News & Information

The Kaua’i County Office of Economic Development has announced the recipients of its innovation grants for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.

After receiving 16 proposals for the Innovation Grants, OED invited the public to review the proposals and provide feedback as part of the review process. These public comments were taken into account in the scoring and formed a valuable part of the selection process.

A selection committee reviewed and scored eligible projects and selected eight proposals for funding for a total of $370,718. Here is a list of these projects.

Agriculture:

· Ho’omalu Ke Kai & Kaua’i Sea Farm – Securing hatchery supply for the restorative aquaculture project.

Sustainability and conservation

· Garden Island Resource Conservation & Development, Inc. – Demonstration project to show how regional collection and transportation infrastructure can make large-scale community composting profitable while diverting waste.

· National Tropical Botanical Gardens – Fern Spore Propagation Project to actively contribute to ecosystem restoration projects and improve the ability of ferns to survive.

Small business

· CG Foundation – Common Ground Incubator to create a pipeline of new businesses to generate innovative products and markets.

Workforce

· Dev-Island Inc. – The project will pilot the first class of Kaua’i residents in a hands-on coding course to train island residents to become remote workers for tech companies.

· Kaua’i Economic Development Board-Ho’ākeolapono HVAC Training and Certification Program – The project will provide vocational education and training to high school girls and young adults in HVAC and refrigeration.

Visitor industry/cultural and other initiatives

Kaua’i Museum Association, Ltd. – Creation of a series of virtual tours based on new exhibitions to be published in 2022 and 2023.

· Equine Therapy, Inc.-Healing Horses Kaua’i Therapeutic Driving – The project will make its services wheelchair accessible through accessible cars and certification for local instructors in therapeutic driving and riding.

The objective of OED Innovation Grants is to support new programs or projects that advance innovation by identifying and solving local problems. Proposals were accepted in the areas of small business, technology, transportation, agriculture, local manufacturing, circular economy and tourism in Kaua’i County. The purpose of the grants is to fund innovative projects to generate short- and long-term economic growth and diversification on Kaua’i.

This is the second year that the Office of Economic Development has provided funding for Innovation Grants.

To learn more about innovation grant proposals, you can view the proposals at https://oedinnovationgrant2022.consider.it/

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