If you are a part of an organization that serves our community and is need of funding, I am excited to share this valuable opportunity with you: The City is now seeking proposals from qualified non-profit organizations to receive Grants-in-Aid (GIA) funds up until November 14, 2016, to help organizations serve economically and/or socially disadvantaged populations or provide services for public benefit in the areas of arts, culture, economic development and the environment!
Every fiscal year, the Grants in Aid Advisory Commission and the Honolulu City Council allocate funding for non-profit service organizations island-wide. This past year, more than $6 million in GIA funds were awarded to non-profits — and of that amount, a total of $1.63 million was designated to organizations in our Leeward coast; the highest amount that was allocated to any district alone!
The purpose of the City’s Grants-in-Aid funding is to provide public services to benefit our community. For example, Kokua Care Foundation, a 501(c)(3), which provides in-home care year-round to kupuna throughout Oahu was awarded a GIA last year. The Foundation assists kupuna with their day-to-day activities ranging from basic companionship to hospice care, helping them to live healthier and longer lives in the comfort of their homes, with dignity and independence.
Kokua Care Foundation Director of Fund Development Maurie Feldburg reflected upon the positive experiences his organization has encountered, thanks to the City’s supplemental funding: “It is wonderful how the City has a program in which they can offer foundations or organizations like ours to assist the kupuna ohana in our communities.”
The types of organizations that receive GIA funding each year are diverse and range from community development, keiki care, homeless support, mental health, arts, and more. I urge you and your organization to apply today!
Apply for a GIA
The City is now accepting applications from qualified nonprofit organizations for next year’s funding. This is a great opportunity for community groups to receive the funding they need to improve the quality of life for the people of O`ahu. Information for grant proposal requests is available online at http://tinyurl.com/hftkle7 (under Proposal No. GIA2018, Department of Budget and Fiscal Services Office of the Division of Purchasing)
All agencies must submit their sealed proposals to the Division of Purchasing by 2 p.m. Hawai‘i Standard Time on Monday, November 14, 2016. The Division of Purchasing is located at Honolulu Hale, 530 South King Street, Room 115, Honolulu, HI 96813.