Oahu Business Recovery Grant
Thank you for your interest in the Oahu Business Recovery Grants (OBR). The application portal has received an estimated $3.5 million in grant requests from small businesses affected by the pandemic and is now closed to process applications.
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Grants will be awarded to qualifying small businesses as long as funds are available. If a business owner has questions about their application status, please log into the Submittal account created when submitting the application.
Under the revised eligibility, small businesses on Oʻahu with gross revenue between $60,000 and $5 million in 2019 can apply. A company should have tax documents showing a 25% or more decrease in net income in 2020 OR 2021 compared to 2019.
A total of $3.5 million is available under the revised eligibility requirements. Grants will range from $15,000 to $50,000, depending on a company's revenue. Applications will be accepted starting May 15. Eligible applications will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis. No application is guaranteed funding.
Need help with completing your application?
The Hawaii Small Business Development Center is available to assist with completing applications. They are available over the phone, in-person, or virtually. Click here
to register for their no-cost advisory services.
TRANSLATED APPLICATIONS & NET INCOME CALCULATION FORMS:
Revised translated application and net income calculation forms are updated as of May 8, 2023.
English and translated versions of the application as well as the supplementary Net Income Calculation Form are provided here. All translated versions are to be used as reference only to help users complete the application.* In the event of any difference in meaning, version, or interpretation between the English language version of this document and any translation, the English language version will prevail. All applications must be submitted in English through the online portal, which opens on January 30, 2023 at 8:00 AM HST. English and translated versions of the application as well as the supplementary Net Income Calculation Form are provided here. All translated versions are to be used as reference only to help users complete the application.* In the event of any difference in meaning, version, or interpretation between the English language version of this document and any translation, the English language version will prevail. All applications must be submitted in English through the online portal, which opens on May 15, 2023 at 8:00 AM HST.
*Translated versions of the application and Net Income Calculation Form are to serve as reference points for non-English speaking applicants to understand the questions.
Net Income Calculation Forms:
- Applicant has not previously been approved for or received funds from the Oahu Business Recovery Grant Program.
- Applicant is an independently owned for-profit small business (defined as having no more than 500 employees) impacted by COVID-19.
- At least one (1) owner is a Hawaii resident and the applicant’s business must actively be operating on Oahu.
- At the time of its submittal of the OBR application, the small business is registered and in good standing with the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA).
- The small business is current in its filing and payment of all federal, Hawaii, and city taxes.
- Only one application allowed per small business, which includes or covers all DBAs under the same Taxpayer Identification Number (EIN or TIN) or Social Security Number (SSN), as applicable.
- Provide proof of doing business on Oahu before March 20, 2020 through filed 2019 GET returns.
- Documented net income loss of at least twenty five percent (25%) in 2020 OR 2021 when compared to net income reported in 2019 tax returns.* Please follow below directions to calculate with the Net Income Calculation Form.
- In 2019, had gross revenue (Not net income) of at least $60,000 and no more than $5,000,000.
*If your company had losses in 2019, 2020, and 2021 the percentages will be in the positive format but must still be 25% or greater.
Please use the Net Income Calculation Form
to compute your net income/(loss) percentages for 2020 and 2021 in comparison to 2019. If you received any additional federal/state/county grants/loans that were not included in your filed taxes, they will have to be added into your revenue. Please note: this form will also be required in your application submittal.
The formulas used to calculate your net income/(loss) are as follows:
1. (2020 NET INCOME [minus] 2019 NET INCOME) [divided by] 2019 NET INCOME
must be EQUAL or greater than a 25% reduction in net income, and
2. (2021 NET INCOME [minus] 2019 NET INCOME) [divided by] 2019 NET INCOME
must be EQUAL or greater than a 25% reduction in net income.
Example Net Income Scenarios:
Below are some examples of possible scenarios of what net incomes may qualify and those that may not.
to download document checklist.
Acceptable file types include .doc, .docx, .pdf, .jpg, .jpeg, .png – please see each question for specific acceptable types.
Upload file restrictions: size limit per file
is 400mb. Maximum file size of complete submission
is 800 mb. Please resize files as necessary to meet these requirements.
- DCCA business registration printout. For sole proprietorships, a copy of the General Excise (GE) License may be submitted in lieu of the DCCA Business Registration printout.
- Search for your company on the Hawaii Business Express site and select ‘download company info as PDF’ button.
- Completed Net Income Calculation Form.
- Complete copies of filed federal and Hawaii 2019, 2020, and 2021 income tax returns with all
- Documentation (e-mails, letters, 1099, etc.) on all previous/current federal aid received or due to be received through various federally-funded CARES Act, Consolidated Appropriations Act, or American Rescue Plan Act funds such as, but not entirely limited to, Small Business Relief and Recovery Fund (SBRRF), Payment Protection Plan (PPP1, PPP2), Shuttered Venue Operations Grant (SVOG), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), etc., and the period of time that each source of relief covered or covers.
- Any documentation that shows the grant amount and the period it covers. For example:
award letter or forgiveness approval letter, check copies, bank statements, etc.
- Most current copy of your signed IRS Form W-9.
- Copy of filed annual GET return (Form G-49) and if applicable, Form G-75, for 2019, 2020, 2021.
- Copy of 2019 fourth quarter Form 941 to establish that the applicant has no more than 500 employees. If the business has no employees, please upload a signed attestation form. If the business is using a Professional Employment Organization (PEO), a letter from the PEO will suffice.
- Current DCCA Certificate of Good Standing (COGS) – not over 60 days old. For sole proprietorships, a copy of the Schedule C from IRS Form 1040 (2021) may be submitted in lieu of the COGS.
- Please visit the Hawaii Business Express site to purchase a Certificate of Good Standing.
- Current federal and Hawaii tax clearances (not over 60 days old). For federal and state taxes, current tax clearance certificates from the Department of Taxation and the IRS OR a tax clearance from Hawai’i Compliance Express (not over 60 days old) are acceptable.
- Click here to register with the Hawai’i Compliance Express and access your tax clearances.
- Copy of proof of no outstanding amounts due on Honolulu Real Property taxes. (Only applicable if your business owns real property.)
- For City & County of Honolulu’s real property tax, a printout of the Department of Budget and Fiscal Services Real Property Assessment Division’s website showing taxes are paid is acceptable. Beginning on or after December 1, 2021 confirmation of payment remitted to the city (e.g., printout of online payment confirmation, copy of cleared/canceled check) are acceptable.
- Copy of Hawaii driver’s license or state ID (front side only) for primary business owner.
- Copy of the signed IRS Form 4506-C to allow us to request your tax return transcript.
- Copy of voided check from the account where grant funds should be deposited.
REQUIRED BUSINESS INFORMATION:
- Business name registered with DCCA (must be registered prior to or in 2019).
- Business mailing address.
- Federal taxpayer ID number.
- Hawaii GET ID number.
- NAICS code (listed on tax returns).
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