OHA Grant Applications Due April 5


On March 15, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) announced the availability of more than $9 million via 12 grant solicitations for Native Hawaiian-serving organizations. The solicitations include community grants to strengthen ʻohana, moʻomeheu (culture) and ʻāina connections, as well as grants to support education, health, housing, economic stability, homestead communities, and iwi kūpuna repatriation and reinternment.

This year, two new granting categories are also being launched to support ʻŌiwi: one to provide disaster recovery and one to provide technical assistance to organizations serving Native Hawaiians (Kākoʻo Support Grants).

Additionally, with a legacy of supporting more than a decade of community events, OHA’s ʻAhahui Grant Program has more than $300,000 available for community events scheduled from June to December 2023. ‘Ahahui Grant applications are now reviewed on a rolling deadline in order to better accommodate the needs of the community.

OHA’s Grants Program is designed to help meet the needs of our lāhui by providing support to Hawaiʻi-based nonprofit organizations with projects, programs and initiatives that align with achieving the outcomes of OHA’s 15-year Mana i Mauli Ola Strategic Plan. Eligible nonprofits must demonstrate that at least 60% of their participants are Native Hawaiian and must be able to provide 20% in matching funds for larger program grants.

OHA grants are funded by income and proceeds that OHA receives from the Public Land Trust. This income goes directly toward funding beneficiary and community investments, as well as sponsorships and legal services.

“OHA Grants play a key role in providing our beneficiaries with much needed support and services in education, health, housing and economic stability,” said OHA Board Chair Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey. “We look forward to supporting innovative community-based programming throughout the pae ʻāina that help to improve the quality of life for Native Hawaiians.”

The application deadline for OHA Community Grants is Wednesday, Apr. 5 by 2:00 p.m. HST. Cycle 3 of the ʻAhahui Grant Program begins on Apr. 14 and the application deadline is Apr. 28. The deadline for the Kākoʻo Grant Program was Friday Mar. 31.

Interested parties are encouraged to learn more about OHA’s grant solicitations. Go to www.oha.org/grants for information and application requirements, to access an on-demand video orientation, or to apply for a grant through OHA’s online grants portal.