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Office of Hawaiian Affairs

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) yesterday announced it is making $14.9 million in grant solicitations available to support 12 granting categories intended to help Native Hawaiians. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ Grants Program aims to meet the needs of the Native Hawaiian community by providing support to Hawaiʻi-based nonprofit organizations that have projects, programs and initiatives that align with achieving the outcomes of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ 15-year Mana i Mauli Ola Strategic Plan. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs currently receives $15.1 million a year in Public Land Trust revenues. This money goes directly to fund beneficiary and community investments, including grants and legal services. Last year, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs 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 Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board Chair Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey. “We’ve also set our overall two-year fiscal biennium budget for grants, including sponsorships, at $30.2 million, a record for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and up from the $24.5 million mark that we set for the last fiscal biennium.” 

Solicitations cover community grants to strengthen ʻohana (family), moʻomeheu (culture) and ‘āina (land) connections, and increase supports to Native Hawaiians for housing, education, health, and economic stability. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ ʻAhahui Grant 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) in order to accommodate community needs. (Click here for grant budgets and descriptions.) Grants orientation sessions will be offered as follows:

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  • Monday, April 18, 2022, from noon to 1 p.m. – “Overview of Grants Budget, Solicitations and Process Changes.” Session will be recorded and posted to website for future reference; your participation in the session is tacit permission to be recorded (e.g., image, likeness, voice).
  • Tuesday, April 19, 2022, from noon to 1 p.m. – “Technical Session.”
    Please refer to the posted, narrated orientation PowerPoint online at https://vimeo.com/696674206/1621e80c35. After reviewing the online PowerPoint, please feel free to submit questions to grantsinfo@oha.org by Monday, April 18, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. for discussion during the Tuesday, April 19, 2022, Technical Session. All questions, including those from the Tuesday, April 19, 2022, session, will be aggregated and a written response will be posted on the website no later than Friday, April 22, 2022. Again, participation in the session implies permission to be recorded (e.g., image, likeness, voice).
  • Monday, April 25, 2022, from noon to 1 p.m. – “Munch and Mana‘o Work Session.” Online access to Grants Program staff to ask general questions or seek assistance regarding the applicant system. Another “Munch and Manaʻo Work Session” will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, from noon to 1 p.m.

Find the links for each orientation session and learn more about the Office of Hawaiian Affairs' new grant solicitations at www.oha.org/grants.

About the Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Established by the state Constitutional Convention in 1978, The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is a semi-autonomous state agency mandated to better the conditions of Native Hawaiians. Guided by a board of nine publicly elected trustees, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs fulfills its mandate through advocacy, research, community engagement, land management, and the funding of community programs. Learn more at www.oha.org

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