The City and County of Honolulu is using $10 million of its federal CARES Act dollars on a new Culture and Arts Relief and Recovery Fund.

It will offer one-time grants to businesses and nonprofits in the culture and art sectors. The reimbursement program will cover expenditures incurred during the implementation of safety precautions and re-opening costs related to COVID-19.

There are two grant programs: Malamalama and Hoola. Organizations with revenue under $1 million will be eligible for grants up to $10,000. Those with revenue over $1 million can receive a grant up to $50,000. An organization can qualify for one program, not both.

In a statement, Mayor Kirk Caldwell said the fund is a tool to help these organizations stay afloat while the island works to safely reopen.

“These are the people and places that represent the soul of our island,” he said. “It’s vital we remember to connect with each other in difficult times and we can do that through engaging with art and culture in all forms. This program was created with the input of artists and cultural practitioners, and those are the people we hope to help as much as possible.”

Organizations cannot apply for reimbursement for costs already covered by other federally funded programs such as the CARES Act, Paycheck Protection Plan, Economic Injury Disaster Loan or others.

Applications are being accepted now at

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