OHA Awards $1.36 Million in Grants : Kauai Now : Kauai News & Information

A $498,660 award to the Purple Maiʻa Foundation for its Mālama design studio is one of four grants in a $1.36 million grant package approved July 26 by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

The Mālama Design Studio is intended to educate 20 Native Hawaiian business owners through a collaborative design research process that will result in the implementation of a technology solution that can improve their businesses and ultimately cultivate the economic development of Hawaiian communities. Each participant will receive a $2,500 stipend to implement a technology solution that improves their business.

Goals of the OHA Community Economic Stability Grant include increasing the number of successful Native Hawaiian-owned businesses and improving access to capital and credit to strengthen Native Hawaiian businesses and individuals. .

A $398,000 Economic Stability Grant was also awarded to Hawaiʻi Community Lending for its Native Hawaiian Owner-Builder Project which will increase economic stability for 58 Native Hawaiians in Nāʻiwa, Molokaʻi by establishing a culturally relevant program that will increase access to capital, credit and technical assistance to Native Hawaiians to build and own homes on Hawaiian land.

Two community health grants were also announced, including a $220,000 award to the Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke building program for its Mana ʻĀina, Mauli Ola project and a $250,000 award to Alu Like, Inc., for his Koho Pono project. OHA Community Health Grants support initiatives, leverage partnerships, and engage in strategies to promote healthy and strong families.

“We are proud to partner with such outstanding entities as Purple Maiʻa, Hawaiʻi Community Lending, Ma Ka Hana ʻIke Building Program and Alu Like, Inc., to meet the economic and health needs of our people, and we salute them for their innovative strategies. and programs that will serve Native Hawaiians,” said OHA Board Chair Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey.

In June, the OHA announced more than $600,000 in community grants for education as well as grants for ʻAhahui events, which were the first grants to be made public this year.

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

To learn more, visit www.oha.org/strategicplan/.

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