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Office of Hawaiian Affairs awards $1.36 million in grants to four nonprofits

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A $398,000 grant was awarded to Hawaiʻi Community Lending for its Native Hawaiian Owner-Builder Project as part of a $1.36 million grants package approved today by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. 

The Economic Stability Community Grant will help 58 Native Hawaiians in Nāʻiwa, Molokaʻi, by establishing a culturally relevant program that will increase access to capital, credit and technical assistance for Native Hawaiians to build and own homes on Hawaiian Home Lands.  

A $498,660 grant also was awarded to the Purple Maiʻa Foundation for its Mālama Design Studio, which plans to educate 20 Native Hawaiian business owners through a collaborative design research process that will result in the implementation of a technology solution to improve their businesses and ultimately cultivate economic development for Hawaiian communities.

Each participant will be provided a $2,500 stipend to implement a technology solution that improves their business. 

The Office of Hawaiian Affairsʻ  includes increasing the number of successful Native Hawaiian-owned businesses and increasing access to capital and credit to strengthen Native Hawaiian businesses and individuals.  

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Two Health Community Grants were also announced, including a $220,000 award to Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke Building Program for its Mana ʻĀina, Mauli Ola project and a $250,000 award to Alu Like, Inc., for its Koho Pono project. OHA’s Health Community Grants supports initiatives, leverages partnerships and engages in strategies to promote healthy and strong families.  

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In June, OHA announced more than $600,000 in community grant education awards along with ʻAhahui event grants, which were the first grant awards to be publicized this year.  

OHA’s Grants Program supports Hawaiʻi-based nonprofit organizations that have projects, programs and initiatives that serve the lāhui in alignment with OHA’s Mana i Mauli Ola Strategic Plan.  

For more please visit www.oha.org/strategicplan/

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