Holomua Hawaii grants $23 million in aid to island businesses during pandemic

on "March 01, 2021 11:39 am"

Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union (HCFCU) is pleased to announce that $23 million was distributed to local businesses in need at the end of 2020 as part of the Holomua Hawaii grant program.

Hawaii County appointed HCFCU as the coordinator to distribute those funds that were provided by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES Act.

holomuaHawaii County Mayor Mitch Roth said, “With cooperation from numerous credit unions, and the outstanding leadership of Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union, we were able to get $23 million into the hands of small business owners, which allowed them to keep their lights on and their doors open through the COVID-19 pandemic.”

From September through December 2020, HCFCU and five other Hawaii Island credit unions provided financial relief to 2,510 businesses or nonprofits with 50 employees or less. Grantees were provided up to $10,000 to use for supporting core operations, safe on-going and reopening costs, purchasing personal protective equipment, training, and technical assistance.

“We saw how longtime businesses were struggling to make ends meet. The grant helped to provide stability and hope for many in our community,” said Mel Ventura, vice president of member services. “Hawaii Community FCU was honored to lead this critical effort that made a significant and positive impact.”

The severe decline in visitors to the Hawaii Island resulted in many local businesses struggling to stay afloat. Business owners stated they had difficulty covering basic operating costs in addition to necessary costs to keep employees and their offices safe.

“The Holomua Grant Program was a shining example of the county and community coming together, in times of hardship and uncertainty, to accomplish a common goal of providing lasting relief to our local small businesses—the heart and soul of our island,” said Mayor Roth.