DHHL Press Release: DHHL Community Development Program Awards Fourteen Grants
Published on March 2, 2022 in Latest news from the department, Press room
(Kapolei, O’ahu) – The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) announced fourteen recipients of the DHHL Community Development Program, who will each receive a portion of $859,375 in grants.
In June 2021, the Hawaiian Homes Commission (HHC) approved a total of $1,000,000 from the Native Hawaiian Rehabilitation Fund (NHRF) for the current fiscal year. Funds have been allocated administratively at $100,000 for capacity building and $900,000 for regional plan priority projects.
DHHL makes annual grants available to nonprofit organizations that demonstrate a purpose to benefit Native Hawaiians. Over the years, the Department has offered grants in several program areas as a means of implementing the community development component of the rehabilitation fund. Grant offers reflect DHHL priorities and community interests.
In this round of grants, DHHL solicited proposals for capacity building and regional plan priority projects. The Capacity Building grant aims to help recipient organizations achieve their mission and community vision by improving and strengthening their organizational capacity. The Regional Plan Priority Project Grant is intended to assist recipient organizations in leading and implementing a priority project identified in an HHC-approved Regional Plan.
A total of 14 applications were received.
Project Implementation: Capacity Building
- ($5,000) – La’i ‘Ōpua 2020 for its workforce development program to increase communications and renew and increase partnerships, using a variety of methods, including the following: beneficiary consultation, in coordination with the association Villages of La’i ‘Ōpua, making puwalu, sending newsletters and designing websites.
- ($5,000) – Moloka’i Homestead Farmers Alliance conduct community workshops on business planning and the US Internal Revenue Service Section 501(c)(3) federal tax exemption application process for charities.
- ($5,000) – Pa’upena Community Development, Inc. to create and hire a part-time executive director position and mentor next-generation leaders.
- ($5,000) – Princess Kahanu Estates Association establish a permanent imu as a place to gather, share cultural practices and engage in community.
- ($5,000) – Wakiu Community Development Corporation build organizational capacity by engaging in a process of strategic planning, community engagement, program development and evaluation, including fund development. Wakiu CDC is a new organization representing the beneficiaries of East Maui.
Priority projects of the regional plan
- ($100,000) – Five Mountains Hawaii, Inc. for the Waimea Nui Regional Plan Priority Project: Waimea Hawaiian Homestead Community Complex – Planning. The funds will be used for the planning and design services of an engineer and an architect for the rural health centre. The center will be located in the Waimea Hawaiian Homestead community complex on Hawaiian lands. This is a joint project with the Waimea Nui Community Development Corporation and the Waimea Hawaiian Homesteaders’ Association Inc. (WHHAI). Five Mountains represents WHHAI’s Indigenous Health Division.
- ($100,000) – Ho’opili Farmers’ Association for the priority project of the Moloka’i regional plan: Shared agricultural equipment. The funds will be used to build on previous work by Napualei o Hina (NOH) using NOH data to expand the shared equipment project and provide equipment to help farmers expand their operations without substantial capital investment . This is a joint project with NOH and the Ahupua’ao Moloka’i, who are both champions of this project.
- ($100,000) – Kalama’ula Farmers’ Association (KHA) for the priority project of the Moloka’i regional plan: Road improvements. The funds will be used to inventory, assess conditions and prioritize road improvement needs in and around Kalamaula and Ho’olehua homesteads.
- ($100,000) – La’i’Opua 2020 for the Kealakehe-La’i ‘Ōpua 2020 Regional Plan Priority Project: North Kona Water Source Development and Storage. The funds will be used to sensitize stakeholders and the community regarding the water source development project. The project is expected to support DHHL Homestead development projects and supporting community facilities.
- ($100,000) – Princess Kahanu Estates Association for the priority project of the Nānākuli regional plan: Identify and seize opportunities for “Pono economic development” and community action. The funds will be used to expand the existing community center, including closing off the patio to be used as a multipurpose room, adding a certified kitchen, and plans for a new, larger clubhouse.
- ($100,000) – Waimea Hawaiian Homesteaders’ Association, Inc. for the Waimea Nui Regional Plan Priority Project: Supporting and assisting agricultural and pastoral tenants in Waimea Nui. The funds will be used to help 250 ranchers access federal technical assistance and funding resources, develop ranch plans, and replace or build fences. This project is a response to the devastation caused by the summer 2021 forest fire.
- $100,000 to Waimea Nui Community Development Corporation (WNCDC) for the Waimea Nui Regional Plan Priority Project: Waimea Hawaiian Homestead Community Complex – Planning. The funds will be used to supplement the financing needed by WNCDC to begin construction of a county water main and road leading to the property.
- ($85,000) – Keaukaha Pana’ewa Farmers Alliance, using fiscal sponsor Keaukaha Panaewa Community Alliance for the priority project of the Pana’ewa regional plan: Agricultural Marketing and Training Center. The funds will be used to complete the environmental assessment required by Chapter 343 of the Revised Laws of Hawaii.
- ($49,375) – Kailapa Community Association for Kawaihae Regional Plan Priority Project: Kawaihae Water and Energy Research and Development. The funds will be used for research and feasibility of using a DHHL well and desalination treatment facility as a water source for the Kawaihae Unit #1 (PWS #164) water system owned to DHHL, which serves the Kailapa farm.
Future grant solicitations are expected in fiscal year 2023, subject to funding approval by HHC.
About the Department of Hawaiian Native Lands:
The Hawaiian Native Lands Department fulfills Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole’s vision of rehabilitating native Hawaiians by returning them to the land. Established by the United States Congress in 1921, with the passage of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, the Hawaiian homesteading program managed by DHHL includes the management of more than 200,000 acres of land throughout the state for the specific purpose of developing and to provide homesteads.
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Hawaiian Native Lands Department