Innovation Grants for PPE Supply Chain

PPE Supply Chain Partners

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Facilitated in partnership with the Hawaii Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

This Program provides grants to small businesses in Hawaii to help establish
a local supply chain of cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE)
in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.


To learn about this grant program, click here to watch the Informational Session recording, click here to download the presentation slides, and read the information below. If you have questions, please contact us at



Increase the local capacity for producing cleaning supplies and PPE for the safety of the public in the event that the import supply chain is disrupted due to global escalation of COVID-19 cases.

In addition –

  • Provide economic support and new opportunities for small businesses that demonstrate potential to provide employment opportunities for displaced workers on all islands caused by the COVID-19-related business closures
  • Advance innovative solutions related to creating a supply chain of PPE that could benefit the State of Hawaii
  • Maximize the total benefit for Hawaii by coordinating with other programs/funds and prioritizing projects that commit matching funds and/or resources to help our community to endure and recover from the impacts of COVID-19



  • Grants for Hawaii manufacturers to pivot toward and/or scale up PPE manufacturing operations
  • Grants for companies to produce Medical Use PPE
    • Assist with sourcing materials and certifications for Hawaii’s PPE manufacturers
  • Grants for innovative Hawaii small businesses that demonstrate viable solutions to assist with the PPE supply chain

Statutory Requirements –
Please also refer to the “Eligibility” section below for additional requirements.

  1. Grant awards shall be limited to no more than $500,000 per recipient, unless additional funding need is determined by HTDC
  2. Grant awards shall be made to recipients with less than fifty employees
  3. All procurement executed pursuant to this part shall be exempt from the requirements of chapters 103D and 103F, Hawaii Revised Statutes
  4. Participants must be in compliance with the Hawaii Compliance Express
  5. Recipient must incur all funds by 12/30/20



Eligible Companies –

  • An existing manufacturer that either has retooled or is planning to retool its facility or otherwise modify its manufacturing operation to produce at least one type of PPE*
  • A new manufacturing operation being established for the purpose of manufacturing at least one type of PPE*
  • A new or existing business engaged in PPE research and development (R&D) that has a strong potential for commercialization
  • A new or existing business in emerging industries that demonstrates ability to deliver innovative solutions for creating a cleaning supply/PPE supply chain; or
  • A nonprofit corporation that has undertaken or will undertake activities necessary to manufacture at least one type of PPE identified below
  • Others as required to strengthen the supply chain.

*Refer to list of PPE below

Participant must be producing or plan to produce one of the following types of PPE/Cleaning Supplies:

  • Caps, Gowns, Coveralls
  • Gloves
  • Surgical masks, Respirators, Fabric Masks
  • Face shields
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Cleaning and sanitizing products
  • Other, as approved by HTDC

This list includes items commonly procured by Hi-EMA and DoEd.

Ineligible Companies –
Importers, suppliers, distributors, retailers of PPE unless it is determined by HTDC to directly address a supply chain gap for Hawaii manufacturers.


For full document of the HTDC PPE Supply Chain Program Guidelines, click here

Reference Definitions –
FDA U.S. Food and Drug Administration Definition: Personal protective equipment (PPE) refers to protective clothing, helmets, gloves, face shields, goggles, facemasks and/or respirators or other equipment designed to protect the wearer from injury or the spread of infection or illness. (Source)

Record Retention Requirements (Source)
Note: In HTDC’s compliance with the following, we will be requesting information from our grantees

Recipients of Coronavirus Relief Fund payments shall maintain and make available to the Treasury OIG upon request all documents and financial records sufficient to establish compliance with subsection 601(d) of the Social Security Act, as amended, (42 U.S.C. 801(d)).

Records to support compliance with subsection 601(d) may include, but are not limited to, copies of the following: (that pertain to this program)

  • grant agreements and grant sub-award agreements entered into using Coronavirus Relief Fund payments and all documents related to such awards
  • all documentation of reports, audits, and other monitoring of contractors, including subcontractors, and grant recipient and sub-recipients
  • all documentation supporting the performance outcomes of contracts, subcontracts, grant awards, and grant recipient sub-awards;
  • all internal and external email/electronic communications related to use of Coronavirus Relief Fund payments; and
  • records shall be maintained for a period of five (5) years after final payment is made using Coronavirus Relief Fund monies. These record retention requirements are applicable to all prime recipients and their grantees and sub-grant recipients, contractors, and other levels of government that received transfers of Coronavirus Relief Fund payments from prime recipients


To complete your application faster, we recommend completing the following steps first.

1) Hawaii Compliance Express (HCE): In order to be eligible for this grant, all applicants will need to provide a Certificate of Vendor Compliance showing “Compliant” status. This Certificate must be uploaded to the application. Please go to Hawaii Compliance Express (HCE) to process your business compliance. (Note: There is a $12 annual fee) (See FAQs for HCE update)

2) Vendor Information: If you plan to apply for this PPE grant, please send your company letterhead with your Federal ID Tax Number or a blank invoice with Federal ID Tax Number to This will help start the process to create a vendor account on the state system. Please make sure your company name matches exactly what is listed for the HCE compliance (including listing LLC, Inc., Ltd., etc).

3) Check out the FAQs
Questions and answers to aid you in your application



The Review Committee will meet once a week to evaluate applications through the first week of November.


For further inquiries, please email