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Kaua‘i nonprofits encouraged to apply for grants from Hawaiian Telcom

HONOLULU — Kaua‘i nonprofit organizations focused on improving residents’ access to technology, and health and well–being, are encouraged to apply for a grant from Hawaiian Telcom.

The upcoming application period for technology, and health and well-being grants is from April 1 to April 31, Hawaiian Telcom said.

Eligible entities are United States-based, tax exempt, nonprofit organizations as defined in the Internal Revenue Code.

The Bell Charitable Foundation, launched by Hawaiian Telcom’s parent company altafiber, supports nonprofit organizations in areas where its companies provide service.

“Hawaiian Telcom has a long tradition of giving back to the communities we serve, and we are pleased to continue building on this legacy with the Bell Charitable Foundation,” said Su Shin, the Hawaiian Telcom president, and a Bell Charitable Foundation board member. “These grants enable us to make a more focused impact in areas we believe are essential for our local communities to thrive and grow.”

Hawaiian Telcom has given nearly $210,000 in grants, including $140,000 in digital equity grants in celebration of the company’s 140-year anniversary in 2023.

About $500,000 in grants will be available across all geographies in 2024. The grants support organizations that are making an impact in one of four pillars:

• Access to Technology — projects that improve access to, literacy in, and advancement of technology,

• Health and Well-being — projects that promote access to quality care and improve mental, physical, and emotional health for all members of our communities;

• Economic and Social Mobility — projects that intend to life at-risk populations to higher stability, status and success in their economic or social standing;

• Environmental Sustainability — projects that intend to diminish the harm made to the earth and nature in our communities, or improve access to nature spaces.

During 2023, Hawaiian Telcom gave Special Olympics Hawai‘i a $20,000 health and well-being grant to improve the physical and social-emotional well-being of people with intellectual disabilities by providing health screenings and clinician training.

“Sports training and competition get our athletes active, and this grant really drives at the heart of our mission of providing quality care so they can be quality athletes,” said Special Olympics Hawai‘i President and CEO Dan Epstein.

The application period for economic and social mobility, and environmental sustainability grants is from Oct. 1-31.

For questions about Hawaiian Telcom grants contact Geraldine Ibarra at email
Source: The Garden Island

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