Small-town projects funded

Four small-town projects have been awarded an estimated total of $67,000 in the county Planning Department’s first round of “small town planning” grant program awards, the county announced.

Those that received awards were:

Makawao Town Improvements – an estimated $22,000 for the purchase of benches, trash and recycling receptacles, gateway landscaping and gateway signs. Co-applicants: Makawao Community Association and Makawao Merchants’ Association.

Lahaina Second Fridays – an estimated $5,000 to secure block closures for several upcoming Second Friday parties. Applicant: LahainaTown Action Committee.

Experience Historic Lahaina – an estimated $18,000 to fund a weekend event to commemorate the completion of community-based planning projects, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Museum and Orientation Center at the Old Lahaina Courthouse and the IMAGINE waterfront project. Applicant: Lahaina Restoration Foundation.

Kou Land Use Plan and Design – an estimated $22,000 for two planning and design workshops for the Waiehu-Waihee community for a conceptual land use plan and rendering for active recreational uses.

A total of $243,000 was budgeted for fiscal 2013 for the grants that would provide direct benefits to Maui County’s small towns.

The following towns are eligible for second-round awards because they did not receive awards in the first round: Haiku, Hana, Kaunakakai, Keokea-Waiakoa, Lanai City, Paia, Waikapu and Wailuku.

The second-round application deadline is March 14.

The request for proposals and application for the grants are available at under “Hot Topics,” select “Small Town Planning Grants.”

Planning staff are able to give presentations to community groups. For more information, call the Planning Department at 270-7735.