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OHA announces 2 grant programs

HONOLULU — The state Office of Hawaiian Affairs announced Monday the release of two grant solicitations totaling $750,000 to provide needed support and assistance to the Native Hawaiian community.

OHA has committed $250,000 to a Native Hawaiian Teacher Education and Professional Development grant designed to increase teacher recruitment and retention in Hawaiian-immersion and Hawaiian-focused public-charter schools.

The agency has also committed $500,000 to its Kulia grant program, designed to improve the lives of Native Hawaiian individuals, families and communities in alignment with OHA’s strategic plan.

Applications are being solicited from nonprofit organizations that administer community-based projects designed to strengthen Native Hawaiian beneficiaries, families and communities.

Grant awards will run from $50,000 to $175,000 for the Native Hawaiian Teacher Education and Professional Development grant, while Kulia grant awards will range from $25,000 to $100,000.

“The Native Hawaiian Teacher Education and Professional Development grant is a new grant that directly relates to our strategic-plan strategy of supporting education in our Hawaiian medium and focused charter schools,” said Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey, OHA board chair.

”The Kulia grant is our broad-based grant, which can be used for a range of purposes that serve our Native Hawaiian community,” she said.

For each solicitation, a pre-recorded orientation session along with a PowerPoint presentation will be posted to the OHA Grants Program webpage on Thursday, April 1.

The grant application deadline for both solicitations is Friday, April 16.

For more information about OHA’s Native Hawaiian Teacher Education and Professional Development grant and the Kulia grant, including the online application, visit the OHA Grants Program webpage at oha.org/grants.
Source: The Garden Island

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