$14.9 million in grants available for nonprofits helping Native Hawaiians

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs grant program supports Hawaii-based nonprofit organizations that support Native Hawaiians. Courtesy of OHA

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) has $14.9 million in grants now available for organizations that intend to help Native Hawaiians in 12 categories, including health, education, housing, culture, land connection and economic stability.

The OHA Grants Program provides funding to Hawaii-based nonprofit organizations that have projects, programs, and initiatives that align with achieving the outcomes of the 15-year Mana i Mauli Ola Strategic Plan of the OHA.

The OHA currently receives $15.1 million a year in revenue from the Public Land Trust. This money goes directly to funding beneficiary and community investments, including grants and legal services. Last year, the 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 said Carmen “Hulu”, Chair of the OHA Board of Directors. Lindsey.

The OHA has set its biennial budget for grants, including sponsorships, at $30.2 million, an OHA record and up from $24.5 million last biennium.

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The solicitations are for community grants to strengthen ʻohana (family), moʻomeheu (culture) and ‘āina (land) ties, and increase support for Native Hawaiians for housing, education, health and economic stability.

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The OHA’s ʻAhahui Grants 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) to meet community needs. Click here for budgets and grant descriptions.

Grant Orientation Sessions:

  • Monday, April 18 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. – “Overview of Grant Budget, Solicitations and Process Changes.” The session will be recorded and posted on the website for future reference; your participation in the session constitutes tacit authorization to be recorded (for example, image, likeness, voice).
  • Tuesday, April 19 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. – “Technical session”. Refer to the narrated orientation PowerPoint presentation posted online at https://vimeo.com/696674206/1621e80c35. After reviewing the PowerPoint online, the public can submit questions to [email protected] before Monday, April 18 at 4:00 p.m. for discussion during the technical session on April 19. All questions, including those from the April 19 session, will be aggregated and a written response will be posted on the website no later than April 22. Again, participation in the session implies permission to be recorded.
  • Monday, April 25 and Wednesday, April 27, from noon to 1 p.m. – “Munch and Mana’o work session.” Online access to grant program staff to ask general questions or seek assistance with the application system. Another “Munch and Mana’o working session” will take place on

Find the links for each orientation session and learn more about new OHA grant solicitations at www.oha.org/grants.

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