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Banks/Financial Institutions/Insurance Providers - COVID-19 Support

Check with your bank, financial institution and/or insurance provider on what programs are available for customers who are impacted by COVID-19.

Child Care Subsidies and Preschool Open Doors

Maui Family Support Services provides support services for children and families, including child care resources and information. For more information, call 808-242-0900 or visit mfss.org.

Coronavirus Tax Relief for Businesses and Tax-Exempt Entities

he U.S. Treasury has established new tax relief programs for qualified businesses and entities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These include:

  • A refundable Employee Retention tax credit that is 50% of up to $10,000 in qualified wages paid to an employee by an eligible employer. This credit is for wages paid from March 13, 2020, through December 31, 2020.
  • Coronavirus-Related Paid Leave for Workers and Tax Credits for Small- and Mid-Size Businesses. If you employ fewer than 500 employees, you may be eligible for funds to provide them with paid leave, either for their own health needs or to care for family members. For more information on these tax credits, visit The IRS' Webpage On COVID-19 Employer Tax Credits.
  • Employment tax deferral through December 31, 2020, for eligible employers' portion of Social Security taxes and self-employed individuals' payment of certain self-employment taxes. For more information, visit the IRS' webpage on Deferral Of Employment Tax Deposits And Payments Through December 31, 2020.
  • Business Tax Relief: Information and guidance on other coronavirus tax relief measures is available on the IRS' webpage, Coronavirus Tax Relief For Businesses And Tax-Exempt Entities.

DOE Grab-and-Go Meals Program

The Department of Education's Grab-and-Go meal program provides free meals at 203 public schools in Hawaii to children who are 18 years old or younger, public school students or eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program. Program offered Monday through Friday, through June 30, 2021, excluding holidays and designated school breaks. More information on required documentation, participating schools and program details.

Debt Relief for SBA Borrowers

The SBA will pay 6 months of principal, interest, and any associated fees that borrowers owe for all current 7(a), 504, and Microloans in regular servicing status as well as new 7(a), 504, and Microloans disbursed prior to September 27, 2020. This relief is not available for Paycheck Protection Program loans or Economic Injury Disaster loans. SBA Borrowers: Contact your lender if you have any questions. Visit the SBA Debt Relief webpage for more information.

FEMA Public Assistance Grant Program for Private Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofits providing public assistance feedings during this pandemic may qualify for cost reimbursements under this Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant program. Once your application is completed, you will be contacted by the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HIEMA). You should also attend a HIEMA webinar to get more information. FEMA assistance is provided at 75% federal cost share. For more information about the grant program, application form and instructional webinars, visit HIEMA’s FEMA Public Assistance Grant Program webpage.

Feeding Maui Nui

Maui County residents 60 years or older, their spouses of any age, and grandparents 55 years or older who are raising grandchildren may be eligible for the Feeding Maui Nui program. Eligible participants receive vouchers that can be exchanged for meals at designated food trucks and restaurants. Interested participants should call the Office of Aging at 808-270-7774. Administered by the Maui Food Technology Center in partnership with the County of Maui Office of Aging.

Free Training & Resources for Nonprofits

The County of Maui Volunteer Center offers free support, training and resources to local nonprofits facing COVID-19 challenges. For more information, visit the Volunteer Center's website at HandsOnMaui.com or call the Volunteer Center Coordinator at 808-270-7150.

Hawaii Gas

Hawaii Gas announced it will resume late fee charges for all customers starting January 4, 2021. Customers in need of assistance should contact Hawaii Gas to discuss payment options or arrangements. For more information, visit the Hawaii Gas COVID-19 webpage.

Hawaii State Unemployment Insurance

If you have been impacted by COVID-19 and are quarantined and unable to work, or your workplace has been temporarily closed, assistance might be available through the State labor programs. The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) will do all that they can to ensure that impacted Hawaii workers receive the benefits for which they are eligible for.

Hawaiian Electric

Service disconnections are suspended through March 31, 2021. Customers needing assistance with bill payments are encouraged to submit a payment arrangement request.

• If you are having difficulty paying your bill due to the pandemic, you may submit a payment arrangement request.
• Service disconnections are suspended and late fees waived.

Homeowners

Maui County homeowners impacted by the coronavirus pandemic can get more information about housing and financial assistance programs from the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii.

Hoʻoulu Maui Nui Business Directory

Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB), the County of Maui Office of Economic Development, and various community partners have put together an online resource directory to support our islands’ small businesses. Whether you are looking to retool and/or respond to COVID-19, this directory offers a list of local service providers who can help you conduct your business safely, adapt and/or pivot your operations, and help you invest in technology infrastructure to expand virtual platforms, web-based marketing and e-commerce.

Kama‘aina First

An opportunity for Maui County businesses to share their kama’aina deals at no cost; for locals to take advantage of great discounts on staycations, meals, services and products.

Kupuna Meal Expansion Project: Food Trucks and Restaurants

The Maui Food Technology Center, in partnership with the County of Maui Office of Aging, works with food truck and restaurant owners in Maui County to support food security for targeted resident populations. If your food service business is interested in participating, please contact Luana Mahi at info@mauifoodtechnology.org or call (808) 878-3652. For more information, visit Maui Food Technology’s Feeding Maui Nui webpage.

Maui County Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Helps both tenants and landlords who are struggling financially from the economic effects of COVID-19. Program can provide assistance towards rent or household utility bills going back to March 13, 2020, current bills, or future bills, depending on a household’s needs.  Households who have received previous rent or utility assistance from other COVID-19 relief programs and are in need of further assistance are also encouraged to apply. For information, click here. The Maui County Emergency Rental Assistance Program Help Line is(808) 873-4673.

Maui County Virtual Job Fair

The County of Maui’s Virtual Job Fair is an online resource for employers seeking workers, and for residents seeking employment and career opportunities. The website provides job search tools, career counseling, and information on career training opportunities, resume building, internships, college certificates/degrees, financial aid opportunities and more.

This project is a collaboration between the County of Maui’s Office of Economic Development, the Maui County Workforce Development Board and the University of Hawaii Maui College.

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

This program provides an additional 13 weeks of benefits to those who have exhausted their regular benefits. The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations provides more information on qualification requirements and the application process.

Retirement Plans

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has new coronavirus-related distribution options and rollover rules for retirement plans and IRAs and expands permissible loans from certain retirement plans. For example, qualified individuals affected by COVID-19 may be able to withdraw up to $100,000 from their eligible retirement plans, including IRAs, until December 30, 2020.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans

The EIDL program provides economic relief to businesses experiencing a temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19. Its purpose is to help eligible organizations meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met had the COVID-19 disaster not occurred. Visit the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan webpage for more information on eligibility criteria, terms, FAQs, loan application and more.

SBA Express Bridge Loans

Small businesses that already have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender may be able to access up to $25,000 quickly. These loans can be term loans or used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). For more information, download an SBA Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program Guide.

SBA Paycheck Protection Program

SBA, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for First Draw PPP Loans the week of January 11, 2021. SBA will begin accepting applications for Second Draw PPP Loans on January 13, 2021.

To promote access for smaller lenders and their customers, SBA will initially only accept Second Draw PPP Loan applications from participating community financial institutions (CFIs), which include Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), Certified Development Companies (CDCs), and Microloan Intermediaries. Paycheck Protection Program lending will reopen to all participating lenders shortly thereafter. At least $25 billion is being set aside for Second Draw PPP Loans to eligible borrowers with a maximum of 10 employees or for loans of $250,000 or less to eligible borrowers in low or moderate income neighborhoods.

SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Restaurants and restaurant-related businesses may apply for grants from the SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund.The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than$5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.

SBA Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

This COVID-19 relief bill makes grants available to live venue operators and promoters, theatrical producers, live performing arts organization operators, museum operators, motion picture theatre operators, or talent representatives that meet certain criteria. Grants may be used for specific costs such as payroll, leases, utilities, and other ordinary business expenses. The following bulletin outlines eligibility guidelines and grant availability.

SNAP Food Stamps

SNAP (food stamps) provides crucial food and nutritional support to qualifying households in need. For more information about the program, eligibility criteria, and special COVID-19 information, visit the following Hawaii Department of Human Services webpages:

Student Loans

Principal and interest payments on federally-held student loans have been automatically suspended through January 31, 2021. For more information about coronavirus relief and support for student loan borrowers, visit Consumer Finance Protection Bureau student loans.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides relief for eligible organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the CARES Act:

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) established several temporary funding programs for eligible small businesses, nonprofits, and U.S. agricultural businesses
  • The U.S. Treasury extended coronavirus tax relief programs to eligible employers severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resources:

The County of Maui’s Virtual Job Fair

The County of Maui’s Virtual Job Fair is an online resource for employers seeking workers, and for residents seeking employment and career opportunities. The website provides job search tools, career counseling, and information on career training opportunities, resume building, internships, college certificates/degrees, financial aid opportunities and more.

This project is a collaboration between the County of Maui's Office of Economic Development, the Maui County Workforce Development Board and the University of Hawaii Maui College.

The Maui American Job Center

The Maui American Job Center provides free services to employers and job-seekers, including unemployment guidance, job postings and job search assistance, training opportunities, career planning and other resources. Employers can post job openings and search through resumes for potential candidates.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has implemented an aggressive public health response to protect and care for veterans, including protective procedures for patiences, clinical screenings at health care facilities, and coronavirus-related information for veterans including FAQs and an online chatbot to help answer your questions.

University of Hawaii Urgent Student Relief Fund

Through the generous support of donors, this program assists University of Hawaiʻi students - including those enrolled at UH Maui College - who are experiencing unexpected financial hardships and are seeking help to continue their education. Visit the relief fund website for more information.