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OHA offers grants to nonprofits helping Native Hawaiian families

Deadline to submit applications is 2 p.m. on March 5

The Maui News

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is offering grants of up to $75,000 to nonprofits helping Native Hawaiian families living on Hawaiian homestead lands.

OHA is seeking applications from nonprofits that carry out community-based programs or projects designed to strengthen Hawaiian homestead beneficiaries, families and communities. Funding awards from the $250,000 Homestead Community Grant program will range from a minimum of $25,000 to a maximum of $75,000, according to a news release.

According to the 2010 census, there are nearly 31,000 people living on Hawaiian home lands, representing some 75 homesteads across the islands.

Project proposals may include, but are not limited to, programs that:

• Meet Hawaiian homestead communities’ basic needs such as home repairs, handrails, guardrails, ramps, internet access and transportation.

• Provide aids such as walkers, canes, eyeglasses, hearing aids, protective footwear and dental services.

• Offer supports in homestead youth, kupuna or community centers such as appliances, computers, internet access, safety patrol activities or after-school programming.

Proposals to provide advocacy education or support services to enable Hawaiian homestead communities to advocate for ‘ohana and communities will also be considered. The proposals must identify the specific services or activities that will be completed with grant funds to benefit these communities. They must align with OHA’s 2020-2035 strategic plan framework, including the strategic foundations of ‘ohana, mo’omeheu (culture) and ‘aina (land and water), and the strategic outcomes related to strengthening Native Hawaiian beneficiaries, families and communities.

Only one application may be submitted per organization. Applicants are required to provide matching funds of at least 10 percent of the OHA grant amount.

The grant application deadline is 2 p.m. on March 5. The anticipated grant start date is June 1, with an award period of one year.

A pre-recorded orientation session along with a PowerPoint presentation is available on the OHA Grants Program website. For more information or to apply, visit www.oha.org/grants.

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