Applications for grants from the East Hawaii Fund are now being accepted. The fund was established for the people and communities of East Hawaii, from Waipio to Waiohinu. With the help of KTA Superstores, the estate of Frederick Yokoyama and a group of local citizens serving as an advisory committee, the fund was created to provide a stronger link between charitable donors and the specific needs of East Hawaii.
“This fund was created by our community, for our community,” said Barry Taniguchi, president and CEO of KTA Superstores.
Online applications can be found at www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org. The deadline to apply is Sept. 4. The fund especially welcomes proposals that involve people and organizations from different sectors of the community who are working together to address an issue of concern to the community, said Taniguchi.
Preference will be given to projects that address one or more of the following areas:
l Educational opportunities with an emphasis on early childhood, after school/out-of-school experiential opportunities;
l Strengthening intergenerational relationships;
l Economic sufficiency for self, family and community;
l Family-centered and integrative approaches to health care;
l Social conditions such as poverty, domestic violence, substance abuse or crime;
l Recreational opportunities with an emphasis on family and/or intergenerational activities.
Proposal information is available at www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org. All proposals should be submitted electronically by the deadline.
To be eligible for a grant of more than $2,500, a group must be a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization — such as schools, units of government or neighborhood groups — or have a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor and clearly demonstrate a program or project’s benefit to the East Hawaii community. Community organizations without 501(c)3 status are eligible to apply for a grant up to $2,500, provided the activities to be supported are charitable.
Grants awarded will range between $1,000 to $8,000, and organizations may apply for up to two consecutive years of funding, however the East Hawaii Fund will not make multi-year commitments.
With 95 years of community service, the Hawaii Community Foundation has become the leading philanthropic institution in the state. Having a presence that stretches across all the islands and a reach covering a broad array of fields, the Foundation works with individuals, families, foundations, businesses and organizations to transform lives and improve Hawaii’s communities. In 2011, the foundation provided more than $44 million in grants and contracts throughout Hawaii on behalf of its clients and funds.