Grants targeted at strengthening family, culture and land connections, and increasing supports in education, health, housing and economic stability
On April 14, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) announced it is making $14.9 million in grant solicitations available to support 12 granting categories intended to help Native Hawaiians.
OHA’s Grants Program aims to meet the needs of the Native Hawaiian community by providing support to Hawaiʻi-based nonprofit organizations that have projects, programs and initiatives that align with achieving the outcomes of OHA’s 15-year Mana i Mauli Ola Strategic Plan.
OHA currently receives $15.1 million a year in Public Land Trust revenues. This money goes directly to fund beneficiary and community investments, including grants and legal services. Last year, OHA awarded more than $16 million in grants to community organizations – a record amount for the agency.
“We have reorganized and streamlined our operations so that all funds received from the Public Land Trust can go directly to our beneficiaries and support them in the areas of education, health, housing and economic stability,” said OHA Board Chair Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey. “We’ve also set our overall two-year fiscal biennium budget for grants, including sponsorships, at $30.2 million, a record for OHA and up from the $24.5 million mark that we set for the last fiscal biennium.”
Solicitations cover community grants in ʻohana (family), moʻomeheu (culture) and ʻāina (land), housing, education, health, and economic stability. OHA’s ʻAhahui Grant Program has doubled its available budget to support sponsorship of community events. Additionally, grant applications will now be reviewed quarterly (instead of every six months) in order to accommodate community needs.
Learn more about OHA’s new grant solicitations at www.oha.org/grants.