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  • Community-Based Economic Development

    The Legislature created a Community-Based Economic Development (CBED) Program in the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism with Act 111, SLH 1991, codified as Chapter 210D, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

    CBED logoThe CBED Program offers loans, grants and technical assistance to eligible non-profit, geographic, cultural or economic-based community groups to develop viable, sustainable business ventures that serve local needs and are compatible with the vision, character, and cultural values of their communities.

    Community Based Economic Development is a strategy for addressing the needs of low-income communities. As the dialogue about incorporating community vision and values into present day Hawaii continues, CBED stands out as a necessary strategy to achieve those goals by bringing community empowerment and increased capacity, as well as conservation of local resources. CBED is a proven strategy that is different than traditional economic development because it emphasizes community reinvestment and opportunities. CBED is a complete process that not only addresses a community’s economic needs, but its social needs as well. CBED strategies help maintain Hawaii’s cherished quality of life for its residents for the long term while community-based organizations (CBOs) provide social services and ecosystem services that make a locality attractive to new and appropriate investment and economic development.

    Development Grants for Non-Profits

    Recognizing the value of “grassroots” planning, support and decision-making, the Hawaii State Legislature created the CBED program and revolving fund in 1990.

    The Program offers loans, grants and technical assistance to eligible non-profit, geographic, cultural or economic-based community groups. These groups can develop viable, sustainable business ventures that serve local needs and are compatible with the vision, character and cultural values of their communities.

    Mission Statement

    Successful community-based economic development integrates viable economic projects to promote a community’s vision for its future health and quality of life.

    The CBED program provides training and capacity building opportunities to promote, support, and invest in community-based development projects that result in measurable economic impact.

    Progress / Accomplishments

    Since its inception, Hawaii’s CBED Program has demonstrated the effectiveness of community-based economic development in Hawaii. Accomplishments from 1991 through 2009 include:

    • Every dollar of State funds invested in communities through the CBED Program has been matched by an average of 11 (eleven) dollars of financing from over 30 different sources.
    • Over $3.4 million has been committed to more than 143 community-based organizations statewide.
    • In FY2001, community-based organizations reported projects generating 93 new jobs or businesses.

    CBED Grant Minimum Eligibility Requirements and Allowable Expenses

    Project Match Grant (PMG):

    • Non-profit or Cooperative Association status
    • A CBO (a membership-based organization)
    • Economic Development outcome
    • PMG application

    Planning & Organization Development (POD):

    • Have applied for IRS status or arranged sponsor within 6 months
    • Forming a CBO or is a CBO
    • Show economic development potential
    • POD application

    Allowable Expenses:

    • Equipment rentals
    • Planning
    • Promotion/Advertisement
    • Air or ground travel with justification
    • Research and Survey expenses
    • Technical, Training & Planning Consultants
    • Board or Member training curriculum development
    • Compensation for staff for project related activities

    Non-Allowable Expenses:

    • Facilities (maintenance, improvements, operating expense, etc.)
    • Construction
    • Utilities
    • Insurance
    • IRS and State application fees
    • Equipment purchases
    • Rent (Office/ Bldg)
    • Normal operating expenses

    Hawaii Administrative Rules, Act 111 SLH1990

     

    For more information regarding the Community Based Economic Development Program, contact Wayne Thom at wthom@dbedt.hawaii.gov

     

     

    CBED Advisory Council Members

    Carol M. Jung

    Attorney at Law

    West Hawaii
    Exp: 6/30/13

    Mary Ann Manahan

    Oahu
    Exp: 6/30/15

    Michael J. Murakoshi

    Kauai
     Exp: 6/30/14

    Sharon Sakamoto

    Oahu
    Exp: 6/30/15

    Joda P. Derrickson

    Representative for Chair Collette Machado 
    Office of Hawaiian Affairs

    Kauai
    Exp: 6/30/14

    Hans H. Chun

    Oahu
    Exp: 6/30/13

    Dennis Ling

    Representative for Director Richard C. Lim
    Dept. of Business, Economic Development & Tourism

     

    Dean Matsukawa

    Representative for Chairman Russell S. Kokubun
    Dept. of Agriculture

     

    Jennifer L. Zelko

    East Hawaii
    Exp: 6/30/14

    Vacant

    Lanai

    JoAnn Inamasu

    Maui
    Exp: 6/30/15

    Stephanie Crivello

    Molokai
    Exp: 6/30/13