Grant Writing Assistance Launched for Council Members


December 17, 2010

Grant Writing Assistance Launched for Council Members

Honolulu, Hawaii – The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) serves a membership of over 150 community and business organizations through collective public policy initiatives, economic development and affordable housing solutions, accessing capital through its community loan fund, and delivering meaningful grant training.  In 2010, CNHA added the Resource Capacity Partnership project, to provide specialized services to its member organizations, by providing dedicated staffing to assist in grant writing capacity building.  Six CNHA member organizations are participating in the first year of the Resource Capacity Partnership.

“We have provided grant training and forums for over nine years at CNHA,” said Lilia Kapuniai, CNHA Vice President.  “The Resource Capacity Partnership is an opportunity for CNHA to not only help our member organizations through grant training, but to actually dedicate human resources to work directly with them on potential grant applications.”

The project is made possible through the AmeriCorps VISTA program that has dedicated two full-time volunteers to CNHA for a year.  David Newstead, age 26 from South Carolina, and Katie Gallagher, age 23 from Oregon, started with CNHA as AmeriCorps VISTAs in April of 2010, and will conclude their year in April 2011.  While at CNHA, they are charged with developing a capacity building project to advance community based solutions.  Their program became the Resource Capacity Partnership, with a variety of organizations piloting the project.

“I’m working with a charter school to write grants to expand and improve their campus on a neighbor-island,” said Katie, AmeriCorps VISTA.  “It’s been an amazing experience to be on campus with the teachers and the students, and to identify sources of funding that match their needs.  We submitted a grant application to Nike, and I’m really hopeful that our descriptor of Makahiki and the traditional sports translates into the goals of Nike in organized athletics of youth.”

David Newstead shared his work saying “One of my partners is a very grass roots cultural organization, with a very basic need.  We submitted a proposal to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, which seemed to be a great fit.  Another partner is a hula halau.  This has been an amazing experience working with the various levels of leadership and talent.”

The Resource Capacity Partnership is a special project with the AmeriCorps volunteers in 2010, and is intended to be continued each year by assigning five to six CNHA partners to incoming AmeriCorps volunteers.  CNHA anticipates new partners to be selected in May of 2011 for the next 12-month period.

CNHA is a national network of Native Hawaiian Organizations, providing assistance in accessing capital and technical resources, and is a policy voice on issues important to Native Hawaiian communities. Its mission is to enhance the well-being of Hawaii through the cultural, economic, and community development of Native Hawaiians.  For more information about CNHA please contact us at 808.596.8155, toll-free at 1.800.709.2642, by e-mail at, or visit our website at


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