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OHA Unveils New Community-Based Grants Program

June 1, 2011, 5:04 PM HST
* Updated June 1, 5:11 PM
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By Sonia Isotov

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs today announced a new community-based grants program, entitled “Granting for Results”, designed to improve the lives of Native Hawaiians statewide.

“We are approaching our commitment to the overall well-being of Native Hawaiians with a new sense of urgency,” said OHA Chief Executive Officer Clyde Nāmu’o. “That has meant rethinking how we go about awarding grant money. Our new tack is to invest in community-based organizations with programs that are directly aligned with one of our 10 strategic results for improving conditions and creating long term and systemic change within the Native Hawaiian community.”

Granting For Results offers nonprofits up to $100,000 in grant money to help achieve one or more of 10 outcomes that are priorities for OHA. Selected goals include goals such as meeting or exceeding achievement standards in education, lowering chronic disease rates, increasing the earning power of families within the Native Hawaiian community, creating stable housing; valuing history; participating in cultural activities; improving lifestyle choices; understanding the need for a viable land base; protecting natural resources; and transferring assets to the new Native Hawaiian governing entity.

The grants from the new program are broken into four main categories and each contains some level of matching funds as a requirements:

  • ‘Ahahui Grant – makes up to $10,000 available for community events that reflect any of OHA’s 10 strategic results and charge no admission to Native Hawaiians. Applications are accepted twice a year with deadlines of July 15, 2011 and Nov. 15, 2011. 
  • Kauhale Grant – makes up to $25,000 available for community-based projects that directly impact any of OHA’s 10 strategic results. Aug. 31, 2011 is the deadline to apply for this grant.
  • Kamoku Grant – makes up to $50,000 available for projects focused on increasing the family-income levels of Native Hawaiians. Aug. 31, 2011 is the deadline to apply for this grant.
  • Kaiäulu Grant – makes between $25,001 and $100,000 available for community-based projects that directly impact any of OHA’s 10 strategic results. Aug. 31, 2011 is the deadline to apply for this grant.
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For more information about the “Granting for Results” program, call (808) 594-1986 or email [email protected].

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