OHA seeks community partners for Native Hawaiians programs

HONOLULU – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs announced that it is soliciting bids from non-profit organizations capable of providing services to improve family-income levels, raise education-achievement levels and improve health conditions among Native Hawaiians in the state. 

OHA has issued a solicitation for proposals seeking partners in the community to assist with three advocacy initiatives. They are:

  • Raising  family-income levels to help foster economic self sufficiency;
  • Meeting or exceeding educational achievement standards for  elementary, intermediate and high school students as well as increasing college graduation rates;
  • Reducing health risks by decreasing the obesity rate among Native Hawaiians.

Up to $250,000 per year in grants is available to organizations to not only spearhead efforts that support these advocacy initiatives, but also have a measurable effect on any of these three priorities.

Funding for this effort is available for up to two years, starting Dec. 1. 2011.

“The effort represents a new dimension to OHA’s approach to engaging community-based organizations to assist the Native Hawaiian community in addressing needs in education, health and family income,” said OHA Chief Executive Officer Clyde W. Nämu‘o. “We have shifted our focus from serving individual needs to applying our resources to programs and activities that will lead to systemic change and maximize our impact on all Hawaiians.”

The deadline for Letters of Interest is 4 p.m. Monday, June 6, 2011.

Letters of Interest should be sent to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, 711 Kapi‘olani Blvd., Suite 500, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96813. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered; instead will be returned to the applicant.

For more information about the “Community Partners proposal,” visit www.oha.org , call 594-1904 or email grantsinfo@oha.org.