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Posted on: May 25, 2022

Grant awards announced for creative industries, new technology and international commerce

Mayor Michael Victorino announced the award of three grants to three nonprofit groups, for fiscal year 2022, totaling $380,000 for culture and the arts; SCUBA diving technology; and sister city business community partnerships.

“These grants reflect investments in diversifying Maui County’s economy,” Mayor Victorino said. “Supporting creative industries, new technology development and promoting international commerce are simple and effective ways to reduce our over-reliance on the hospitality industry for economic health.”

Maui Arts & Cultural Center has received $318,000 for its operations to support the arts and other services – from community rentals to the MACC’s annual performance season. With the reopening of its facilities to in-person gatherings, the MACC has greater capacity to create new jobs for artists and program-support staff. 

Avelo Labs Inc. has been awarded a $60,000 grant for the development and commercialization of Maui-based hydraulic-powered buoyancy control SCUBA diving technology. Avelo’s technology makes SCUBA diving easier and more accessible for the public.

Maui County Sister Cities Foundation has received a $10,000 grant to support Maui County’s sister city relationships. The grant aims to create tele-exchange jobs for Maui County residents and showcase local goods and services that can be delivered to global consumers. 

For more information about grants, visit the Office of Economic Development website at or call the office at (808) 270-7710.

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