Resource Capacity Partnership Project Wins $34,000 for Charter School


April 19, 2011

Anahola, Kauai – In 2010, the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) developed the Resource Capacity Partnership pilot project to increase access to competitive grants to its member nonprofit organizations.  After six months in operation, the Resource Capacity Partnership project, created with AmeriCorps volunteers from the Corporation for National Community Service, yielded $33,769 in funding from the Kauai County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to one of its project’s client, Kanuikapono, Inc., the nonprofit arm of a charter school on Kauai.

“The quick results of the pilot project are telling,” said Robin Puanani Danner, CNHA President. “We will definitely commit a second year to the pilot approach of directly assisting our smaller member organizations apply for grants.”  For 10 years, CNHA has provided grant training for nonprofit groups in Hawaii.  In 2010, the statewide agency decided to deepen its work, dedicating full-time grant writers to member organizations to deliver capacity building services and draft grant applications.

“Kanuikapono, Inc. was one of the initial pilot groups receiving hands-on assistance from a CNHA AmeriCorps volunteer,” Danner said.  “We submitted an application for CDBG funding, which is a source that this group had never applied for.  It is great to see a first time grant award touching the work of a rural charter school.”

The Resource Capacity Partnership project piloted assistance to five CNHA members from April 2010 to April 2011.  Grant applications include a $1.0 million submittal for a Hawaii Island homestead association, and a $15,000 submittal for a small cultural organization.  Nearly two million dollars remains in the pipeline with over 11 proposals submitted.

“Our aim is to not only continue our grant training seminars which have helped our members bring in excess of 50 million in funding to Hawaii, but to now add full-time staff to our members in getting funding proposals submitted,” said Lilia Kapuniai, CNHA Vice President.  “This pilot project is showing great potential very early in getting resources to the potent areas of community development.”

CNHA will be accepting participant applications to receive grant writing assistance beginning April 15, 2011.  If you are a CNHA member organization and are interested in this partnership please e-mail Fetia Solomon, CNHA Hawaiian Way Fund Coordinator at, or call 808.596.8155.

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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