OHA Releases $6.87 Million in Grant Solicitations


OHA Grants

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) announced the release of 10 grant solicitations totaling $6.87 million intended to aid the Native Hawaiian community.

OHA’s grants program supports Hawaiʻi based nonprofit organizations that have projects, programs and initiatives that serve the lāhui in alignment with the agencyʻs Mana i Mauli Ola strategic plan.

OHA’s new and improved grants initiative is titled “Ua Kā a Paʻa (Fastened and Secured as the Kōkō) with agency grants envisioned as the kōkō – or carrying net – that support nonprofits in bringing resources to beneficiaries. The refreshed program’s intent is to lower barriers for organizations to apply for OHA grants, creating a stronger application pool and striking a greater balance between a rigorous process and an orientation toward supporting and uplifting community organizations.

“OHA cannot accomplish its mission alone, and we are honored to partner with community nonprofits that are serving our lāhui and improving the lives of the Native Hawaiian people. In a spirit of lōkahi, we have listened to the manaʻo of our partners, and we have simplified our grants process based on their feedback,” said OHA Board Chair Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey.

“While we have lowered barriers, we will continue to uphold our fiduciary responsibilities as we steward the precious resources of our beneficiaries.”

Changes to the program include new solicitation categories, one-time awards with flexible implementation terms of one to three years, fewer eligibility conditions, decreased matching funds requirements, and a streamlined application and reporting process.

The eight new solicitation categories include:

  • Kumuwaiwai Naʻauao (Educational Resources)
  • Ola Ke Kanaka (Physical, Spiritual, Mental & Emotional Health)
  • Ola Nā Iwi (Iwi Kupuna Repatriation & Reinterment)
  • Ola Ka Moʻomeheu (Culture Preservation & Perpetuation)
  • Ola Ka ʻĀina (Health of Land and Water)
  • Lako Ko Kauhale (ʻOhana Resource Management & Housing)
  • Hoʻomohala Waiwai ʻOhana (ʻOhana Economic Stability)
  • Hoʻomohala Waiwai Kaiaulu (Community Economic Development)

Additionally, two grant solicitations are being released to support

  • projects focused on special populations, including:
  • ʻĀina Hoʻopulapula (Hawaiian Homestead communities)
  • Ola Ka Lāhui (Vulnerable Populations)

A third grant solicitation – Pohala Mai (for ʻohana experiencing financial hardship) – is coming soon. The 2024 grant solicitations opened on Feb. 12 and will close on March 29.

OHA grants are funded with revenue the agency receives from the Public Land Trust, also known as Hawaiian Government and Crown Lands. These funds go directly to support beneficiary and community investments, including grants, sponsorships, and legal services for beneficiaries. For more, please visit www.oha.org/grants.