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OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

OHA works with community grantees to help fulfill its strategic priorities in health, education, housing, economic self-sufficiency, ʻāina and culture.

OHA seeks grant proposals to benefit Hawaiians

HONOLULU (Sept. 12, 2014) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs today announced it is making $8.9 million total in grant money available to community-based organizations that can help address key priorities of improving conditions for Native Hawaiians.

Starting Wednesday, Sept. 17, community-based organizations will be able to apply for between $100,000 and $500,000 in grant money to fund any one of six specific priorities meant to help enhance OHA’s efforts.

At the top of OHA’s priority list are grant proposals aimed at reducing obesity and improving the overall health of Native Hawaiians. Other priorities include increasing family income, homeownership, and housing stability for renters. Rounding out the six priorities are: improving test scores in middle school and high school; valuing history and culture; and achieving pae ‘āina sustainability as responsible stewards of land and water.

“Our priorities have been carefully considered,” said Kamana‘opono Crabbe, the Ka Pouhana (Chief Executive Officer) at OHA. “We are extremely encouraged about the potential for our efforts to get a boost from collaboration with community partners.”

The deadline to apply for an OHA grant is Dec. 17, 2014; the grants would fund a two-year period between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2017.  Details about the application process is available at oha.org/grants

Here are the specific grant categories and available funds:

Obesity and Physical Health Improvement Services – $1.84 million
Housing Services – $1.82 million
Employment Core and Career Support Services – $1.82 million
Improving Middle and High School Testing Services – $1.4 million
Perpetuating Hawaiian Culture – $1 million
Pae ‘Āina Sustainability – $1 million
Here’s the schedule for orientation meetings with organizations that want to apply:

Honolulu (O‘ahu) – Tuesday, September 23, 2014 10:00am*
Kaunakakai (Moloka‘i) – Thursday, September 25, 2014 9:00am
Waimea (Hawai‘i) – Thursday, October 2, 2014 10:00am
Līhu‘e (Kaua‘i) – Tuesday, October 7, 2014 9:00am
Kapolei (O‘ahu) – Thursday, October 9, 2014 2:00pm
Hilo (Hawai‘i) – Tuesday, October 21, 2014 9:00am and 1:00pm
Waimānalo (O‘ahu) – Thursday, October 23, 2014 9:00am
Wailuku (Maui) – Tuesday, October 28, 2014 9:00am and 1:00pm
Honolulu (O‘ahu) – Friday, November 7, 2014 10:00am*
Registration is required to guarantee a seat.

*Web conferencing is available for these sessions.

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