Grants and Scholarships For Community Causes and Students

Hawaiʻi Community Foundation
COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Relief Grantees

Each of the grantees listed below is working in one or more of our four-phased approach to community resilience through the CHANGE framework, which has a specific focus on our most vulnerable island residents. These providers represent a wide range of target populations and geographies. To donate to COVID-19 relief efforts, please visit here.

PHASE I: Prioritizes risk reduction. These grantees are taking action to increase screening and reduce the spread of COVID-19, protect front-line health care workers, and support vulnerable populations with home health-care visits while sheltering in place. The foundation is actively raising and deploying grant funding aligned with this phase as our state is still at great risk for increased community spread.


PHASE II: Supports rapid relief and response. These organizations focus on supporting ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) families, kūpuna, homeless and those who are disproportionately impacted by the economic consequences of the virus. Grants aligned with phase two are currently being distributed to organizations that can assist with rent and utilities, and respond to an increased demand for food.


PHASE III: Recovery and stabilization funding will support interventions and programs designed to strengthen the health of our economy and communities.


PHASE IV: Rebuilding resilience will engage communities statewide and convene community leaders across sectors to actively seek lessons learned and to refine our current resilience plans to proactively prepare for future disasters.


If you are a nonprofit interested in resources from the Hawai‘i Resilience Fund, please visit this webpage to learn about our existing process for grant proposals.

Hawai'i Resilience Fund Grantees (as of 01/27/2021):

Phase I

  • ALEA Bridge - 5/5/2020, $25,000
    The Bathroom Brigades project is a partnership between ALEA bridge and Hui Aloha. ALEA Bridge supports teams of volunteers to serve as stewards of public restroom facilities, responsible for maintaining its cleanliness. The project has three goals; to provide the public with clean and safe public restrooms, to provide an opportunity for homeless to be part of a solution, and to improve health safety for homeless who need to use public bathrooms during the self-isolation period.
  • American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter - 4/29/2020, $25,000
    While continuing to respond to emergencies in the community, including flooding, fires, and other disasters, the American Red Cross is also providing supplemental services to nurse advice lines for the Hawai‘i Military Health System, supporting of COVID-19 collection and testing sites, and supporting meal delivery in partnership with the Salvation Army.
  • Bay Clinic, Inc. - 4/22/2020, $150,000
    Bay Clinic of Hawai‘i Island has implemented changes to their delivery of services by expanding telehealth, increasing staff, sanitizing and use of PPE. The Clinic offers drive-through testing and is partnering with community locations to provide testing for local populations, including the homeless. Funding supports additional COVID-related testing and outreach in response to experiencing reduced patient visits.
  • Community Clinic of Maui - 04/03/2020, $150,000
    The Community Clinic of Maui (CCM) is expanding its services to test the Maui community, especially its current uninsured and underinsured patient pool. The organization will open a new COVID-19 testing site and provide expanded Telehealth services to patients who have other medical and/or behavioral health service needs.; 871-7772
  • Family Promise of Hawaii - 04/17/2020, $72,000
    Family Promise of Hawaii is coordinating housing for homeless families due to a lack of capacity at homeless shelters on O'ahu. To meet the demand, the organization is partnering with OLS Hotels & Resorts to house up to 8 families (total of 32 individuals) for up to two months. Family Promise provides case management and assistance with locating permanent housing for all families engaged in the program.
  • Hawaii Homeless Healthcare Hui - 03/30/2020, $425,720
    H4 is servicing Oahu's homeless population with screening, testing, medical support services and quarantine facility in Iwilei.; 545-3694 (Chinatown), 234-5562 (Kaneohe)
  • Kahanu LLC - 04/21/2020, $250,000
    Kahanu LLC is coordinating a team of doctors and local innovators to develop emergency ventilators for Hawaii hospitals. This particular funding will purchase critical supplies for on-island manufacturing. Overall, the project builds local community capacity to produce ventilators, at cost, in anticipation of a demand for units due to COVID-19.
  • Kama‘āina Kids - 03/30/2020, $75,000
    Kama‘āina Kids is the largest child care program on O‘ahu and Maui and has 22 centers that will remain open to serve children of essential workers, especially medical staff. They will also offer full or partial tuition assistance to families, beginning with essential worker families that need to enroll their school-age children because public schools are closed.; 262-4538
  • Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services - 03/30/2020, $262,780
    Kokua Kalihi Valley (KKV) is a federally qualified health center that serves the ahupua‘a of Kalihi on the island of O‘ahu. Their pilot project will provide door-to-door health and wellness checks to 500 of its most fragile kūpuna and their caregivers over a 3-month period. By helping these individuals stay in their home, maintain necessary food and basic needs, and by educating them on how to protect themselves, KKV aims to keep this population healthy.; 791-9400
  • Kuakini Foundation - 4/27/2020, $67,304
    Kuakini Foundation will purchase a 3-month supply of personal protection equipment (PPE) and disinfectant supplies for Kuakini Medical Center’s frontline workers that serve many elderly patients who are at higher risk for COVID-19. The organization provides emergency and acute medical/surgical care to an inpatient population where 75% are over the age of 65.
  • Kualoa-He‘eia Ecumenical Youth (KEY) Project - 04/03/2020, $30,000
    The KEY Project in Kahaluu joins two other nonprofits (YMCA of Honolulu and The Salvation Army KROC Center) hosting Resiliency Hubs to engage in response to COVID-19. The hubs are a donation site for the community to donate homemade and store-bought PPE and they will distribute PPE to support behavioral health workers and social service providers. This location is open Monday through Friday from 9-12pm. 239-5777 donations from community and distributing those homemade PPE to support behavioral health workers and social service providers. The location will be open Monday through Friday from 9-12 pm.; 239-5777
  • Lanai Community Health Center - 04/01/2020, $120,325
    Lāna‘i Community Health Center (LCHC) is the designated COVID-19 healthcare site for the island of Lāna‘i. Due to the fast spreading pandemic, they have had to respond quickly to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on the island’s small, rural community of approximately 3,000 residents. The organization has set up screening, testing, and quarantine plans for their COVID-19 response.; 563-9630
  • Lāna‘i Kinaʻole - 11/05/2020, $50,000
    In response to the pandemic, Lāna‘i Kinaʻole, the only state licensed Home Health agency on Lāna‘i, is providing additional support to its clients. It provides COVID Kindness Kits which include COVID-19 health education handouts and other items including masks, sanitizer, puzzles, and other household supplies. It also conducts mental wellness check-in visits to mitigate feelings of social isolation, fears, or general loneliness. Lāna‘i Kinaʻole is also providing Quarantine Support Services to assist individuals and families with quarantine requirements and recently expanded these services to individuals and families that are quarantined due contact with someone with COVID-19. The organization is also conducting COVID-19 tests within the community which is an important service as the island faces an outbreak of the virus.
  • Operation Masks, Inc. - 04/09/2020, $225,000
    Purchase of PPE (masks only) to support healthcare and human service outreach workers.
  • Partners in Development Foundation - 7/13/2020, $33,400
    Partners in Development Foundation serves as fiscal sponsor to We Are Oceania, an organization working directly with COFA migrants and the Micronesian community to support awareness and understanding of COVID-19. The key priorities of this work are to stop the spread of COVID, to educate the community about COVID-19 to change behavior, and to give hope and provide resources to community members already impacted by COVID-19. Activities include providing informative messaging at community spaces, providing food to quarantined families, improving coordination with partners, and supporting sustainability and resilience.
  • Project Vision Hawai‘i - 1/22/21, $150,000
    Project Vision (PV) will administer COVID-19 vaccinations to people experiencing homelessness using their mobile health outreach project. In partnership with Dept. of Health (DOH), the COVID-19 Task Force, and community partners, PV has been on the frontlines providing COVID-19 testing services to thousands since June 2020. In Dec. 2020, PV was contracted by DOH to conduct 2 vaccination events delivering 1,441 vaccines. With HRF support, PV will expand their vaccination services and support a vaccination team that will work with public agencies, including DOH, the Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness, private entities, including other homeless providers, to host vaccinations events and outreach at homeless encampments, beaches, parks, and shelters to ensure broad reach, avoid duplicative efforts, and maximize resources.
  • Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii (RCUH) - 03/31/2020, $21,090
    RCUH is facilitating support for the Pacific Urban Resilience Lab's (PURL) COVID-19 Contact Tracing Research Project which includes the development, testing and implementation of survey instruments for contact tracing. Other key activities include working with data partners, disseminate key findings, integrating data tools and technologies like crowdsourced data, and facilitating key meetings, webinars and interactions with other partners. The project's ultimate goal is to understand how the virus is moving through the community and collect data to help with future decision-making and response efforts.
  • Residential Youth Services & Empowerment - 5/1/2020, $50,000
    RYSE serves O‘ahu’s homeless youth with services, temporary shelter, and support, especially during the pandemic when many of the youth have lost their jobs, aren’t able to attend school, and have lost access to their case workers and support systems. Support includes updates to health and hygiene procedures, frequent visits from a medial provider, and support for increased staff hours due to loss of volunteers.
  • The Alcoholic Rehabilitation Services of Hawai'i, Inc. (dba Hina Mauka) - 4/27/2020, $20,000
    Hina Mauka is purchasing PPE and PPE related supplies for their healthcare workers. Hina Mauka is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program with over 70% of the population served being homeless or formerly incarcerated. Hina Mauka employs 120 personnel with at least 80 working full-time to provide rehabilitative services.
  • The Salvation Army KROC Center - 04/03/2020, $30,000
    The Salvation Army KROC Center in Kapolei joins two other nonprofits (KEY Project and YMCA of Honolulu) hosting Resiliency Hubs to engage in response to COVID-19. The hubs are a donation site for the community to donate homemade adn store-bought PPE and they will distribute teh PPE to support behavioral health workers and social service providers. The location is open Monday through Friday from 9-12 pm.; 682-5505
  • Wahiawā Center for Community Health - 4/29/2020, $123,648
    The Wahiawā Center for Community Health (Wahiawā Health) is a federally qualified community health center serving nearly 2,000 residents monthly within the Wahiawā, Waialua, and Mililani area. Funding supportsincreased costs related to COVID-19 for prevention efforts, telehealth capacity, and staffing needs.
  • Waimānalo Health Center - 4/29/2020, $91,000
    Waimānalo Health Center is a Federally Qualified Community Health Center (FQHC) that serves the underserved Ko‘olaupoko district in Windward O‘ahu. Funding supports implementation of telehealth services to allow access to comprehensive health care services for the rural community.
  • West Hawai‘i Community Health Center - 04/01/2020, $172,000
    West Hawai‘i Community Health Center (WHCHC) is at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic serving 17,000+ people through their health center sites located across West Hawai‘i. WCHCH is providing Telehealth services, COVID-19 screening and testing, and pharmacy/RX orders for continuity of care.; 326-5629
  • YMCA of Honolulu - 03/31/2020, $234,942
    The YMCA will provide emergency childcare for healthcare and other essential workers at three sites (Nu‘uanu, Windward, and Leeward). Understanding that many children get their only hot meal at school, the nonprofit will also provide meals for low income children in gap areas not able to be serviced by DOE.; 531-9622
  • YMCA of Honolulu - 04/03/2020, $30,000
    The YMCA of Honolulu in Kalihi joins two other nonprofits (KEY Project and The Salvation Army KROC Center) hosting Resiliency Hubs to engage in response to COVID-19. The hubs are a donation site for the community to donate homemade adn store-bought PPE and they will distribute teh PPE to support behavioral health workers and social service providers. The location is open Monday through Friday from 9-11 am. The location is open Monday through Friday from 9-11 am.; 848-2494.

Phase II

  • Aloha Harvest - 5/20/2020, $50,000
    Aloha Harvest has adapted its model from recovering food from restaurants and hotels to distributing prepared meals for organizations who are harvesting and distributing produce from small farms and producers. In addition, Aloha Harvest is helping to distribute CSA boxes paid for by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. This adaptation has meant that Aloha Harvest is busier than they would be under normal circumstances but has been able to pivot with its delivery fleet and staff.
  • Aloha United Way - 04/10/2020, $45,000
    Aloha United Way is facilitating support for Partners in Care (PIC) who operates th Oahu Homeless managmeent Information System (HMIS). Throught this support PIC can maintain real time data collection and input into the system. The continued input of data allows for timely coordination efforts, including the ability to map homeless populations that might be at risk from massive COVID-19 outbreaks.
  • Aloha United Way - 03/25/2020, $130,470
    211 is a vital part of the Hawai‘i State Department (DOH) emergency response plan and is being promoted as the primary community call-to-action for info on COVID-19. By calling 211, specialists help people find food, shelter, financial assistance, child care, parenting support, elderly care, disability services, job training and more.; 536-1951
  • ALS Association - Golden West Chapter - 5/11/2020, $25,000
    The ALS Association Golden West Chapter will help those living with ALS in Hawai‘i with care management, equipment, and financial assistance. Funds will be used for direct assistance to family caregivers and people with ALS who are facing financial challenges and require daily assistance with food and monthly assistance with rent and utility bills.
  • Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association - 5/8/2020, $34,382
    The Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter has staff throughout the state providing local support groups and educational resources to help all those facing Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. It has experienced a 22% increase in demand for its services and is leveraging technology to pivot its programs to continue to provide support groups, education programs, and family care consultations through phone or video and expects to reach 2,100 people throughout Hawaii during the 4-month period.
  • Boys and Girls Club - Big Island - 04/16/2020, $100,000
    The Boys and Girls Club of Big Island started a free meal delivery service targeting Hawaii Island's most vulnerable populations. The organization is preparing, packing and delivering 200 daily hot meals from Hilo and serve over 800 meals daily across the island from their Hilo and Kona kitchens. Deliveries serve hard to reach populations through Milolii and Ka'u.; 961-5536
  • Catholic Charities Hawaii - 5/15/2020, $100,000
    Catholic Charities Hawaii (CCH) will offer financial assistance to cover program fees for residents of re-entry and recovery housing programs. This is a homeless prevention strategy to support individuals who lost jobs or were released from prison as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program operates like a one-time rental assistance program that will request for personal financial statements and documents to assess need.
  • Catholic Charities Hawaii - Kauai Office - 04/08/2020, $100,000
    The Catholic Charities Hawai'i, Kaua'i Office, is providing one-time emergency financial assistance (up to $1,000 per household) to Kaua'i homeless, households facing povery, and others classified as ALICE who can demonstrat a loss of income due to COVID-19. These emergency funds will support rent, mortgage payments, utitlities, necessary medical purchases, care payments, or insurance.; 241-4673
  • Child and Family Service - 5/15/2020, $150,000
    Child and Family Service hosts Hope for Families drive-thru events statewide that will screen families for abuse and provide needed resources and information. Events will reach 2,000 to 3,000 people through June 30, 2020.
  • Child and Family Service - 5/20/2020, $23,000
    The Kaua'i Branch of Child & Family Services (CFS) is hiring a half time counselor/therapist to help with the increase of calls for counseling due to issues of domestic violence, emotional stress, abuse, job loss and concerns related to COVID-19. There is a shortage of mental health providers on Kauai and this funding meets an urgent need for residents of Kaua'i, where there has been a recent spike in suicides.
  • Church of the Pacific - 5/11/2020, $10,000
    Church of the Pacific is serving 190 families in Princeville and Anahola, approximately 470 individuals, after seeing an increase in need due to COVID-19. Funds will be used to support the cost of equipment and other expenses directly related to their food pantry work for this community.
  • Collaborative Support Services Inc - 5/15/2020, $20,000
    Collaborative Support Services Inc supports The Chef Hui, a program that brings together various chefs in Hawaii to prepare to-go meals sourced from local producers with a goal to “keep our farmers farming, chefs cooking, and communities eating.” The Chef Hui will distribute to-go luau meals and produce to 2,000 residents on the Windward Side of Oahu, at the end of May.
  • Collaborative Support Services - 5/20/2020, $100,000
    Collaborative Support Services is facilitating funds for the NEST Hui Collaboration, a group focusing efforts on 300 families with infants and toddlers through the COVID-19 crisis. Each family is provided positive parenting tips and activities, is connected to peer support, and is screened and referred to support, as needed, for breastfeeding, post-partum distress, risk for child abuse and neglect, intimate partner violence, substance abuse disorder, or other stressors. Activities are operated through secure text messaging services and virtual peer support groups. Partners include: NEST, Family Hui Hawai`i, Department of Health, Early Childhood Action Strategy, Family Support Hawai`i, Family Programs Hawai'i, Lili`uokalani Trust, Hawai‘i Association for Infant Mental Health Hawaii (AiMH-HI), UHA Insurance
  • Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement - 03/25/2020, $300,000
    CNHA launched the Hoʻala Assistance Program to provide one-time emergency financial assistance (up to $1,000 per household) to cover mortgage, rent, utilities, childcare, and other emergency expenses to households facing financial hardship due to COVID-19. In the first 24 hours of providing this assistance, CNHA received more than 2,000 applications, demonstrating the high level of need.; 596-8155
  • Domestic Violence Action Center - 5/26/2020, $100,000
    Funding supports the increased need for services from Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC) by victims of domestic violence and their children. The grant is supporting two staff positions for a one-year period to help victims of violence and abuse stay safe and healthy through direct advocacy and court outreach and assistance.
  • Feed My Sheep Inc. - 5/8/20, $10,000
    Feed My Sheep is distributing food to four locations on Maui including Lahaina, Happy Valley in Wailuku, Kahului, and Kīhei. The organization also serves Hāna monthly. The organization directly serves very low-income families and about 15% of their clients are homeless. Funding will support continued efforts to serve upwards of 2,000 unduplicated clients during the pandemic.
  • Friends of Diamondhead Clubhouse - 6/3/2020, $33,100
    The Friends of Diamondhead Clubhouse is providing 50 participants in the State’s Adult Mental Health Division’s psychosocial rehabilitation programs, also known as Clubhouses, with access to virtual mental health and wellness services using tablets or iPads. This grant will benefit participants at all five Clubhouses on O'ahu.
  • Goodwill Industries of Hawaii, Inc. - 5/15/2020, $80,000
    Goodwill Hawaii offers new COVID-19 Program Services to help clients access critical services to meet basic needs including unemployment benefits, emergency financial aid, and alternative healthcare coverage. Funding also supports the purchase of protective measures including PPE and signage to protect their staff, clients, and shoppers at their 30+ location statewide.
  • Hale Mahaolu - 04/17/2020, $30,000
    Hale Mahaolu is Maui and Molokai's only Meals on Wheels program serving a demand of 400-500 senior clients in Maui County. The organization has experienced an increase of more than 25% (220 new clients) in the last month. Funding for this project will leverage Maui County's existing support of the Meals on Wheels program in order to serve the increase in demand.; 872-4120
  • Harvest Family Life Ministry - 5/22/2020, $15,000
    Harvest Family Life Ministries is meeting immediate requests for basic needs, housing, and utilities, for families and youth in the foster care system, through its CarePortal platform. The organization aims to serve immediate needs for disaster relief as a result of COVID-19.
  • Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council - 04/06/2020, $78,755
    The Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council is preparing and distributing meals to low-income seniors in various parts of Hawai'i Island. The organization adjusted its existing Congregate Dining & Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program into a meal delivery service, as a response to social-distancing requirements across the state. HCEOC anticipates expanding support services to seniors by providing grocery delivery, meal delivery, and/or local produce delivery.; 961-2681
  • Hawaii Family Law Clinic dba Ala Kuola - 5/26/2020, $67,861
    Ala Kuola helps victims of domestic violence to complete and file for temporary restraining orders against their abusers. This grant helps Ala Kuola virtually help 10 to 20 victims per week to file for court protection from further harm and abuse.
  • Hawaii Foodbank - 03/24/2020, $265,000
    Hawaii Foodbank (locations on O‘ahu and Kaua‘i) are providing food distribution to ensure that no one in Hawai‘i goes hungry, particularly during this time of crisis.; 836-3600 (O‘ahu); 482-2224 (Kaua‘i)
  • Hawaii Foodbank - 4/21/2020, $1,000,000
    Hawaii Foodbank is providing food distribution to ensure that no one in Hawai‘i goes hungry, particularly during this time of crisis. This funding expands the organization's ability to provide food assistance to recently unemployed individuals.
  • Hawaii Home Ownership Center - 5/27/2020, $16,500
    Hawaii Home Ownership Center is providing crisis budgeting support for low-income families facing loss of income due to job loss caused by the pandemic. They will also connect low-income families to programs providing rent relief and/or similar emergency support.
  • Hawaii Public Health Institute - 4/22/2020, $100,000
    Hawaii Public Health Institute partners with Malama Meals, a COVID-19 community care meal program that delivers meals and prepared meal kits to kupuna, homeless and at-risk communities.
  • Hawai‘i Resilience Fund Strategic Communications - 3/18/2020, $43,807
    In order to highlight the work being supported by the HRF and enhance our ability to attract more resources for COVID-19 relief efforts, strategic communications materials, such as graphics, photography, videography, and writing have been secured to promote and communicate the impact of the HRF. Please note: The Hawai‘i Community Foundation is not charging an administrative fee for the Fund. 100% of donations will go to community groups and leaders on the ground, except for a 2.6% fee for online donations charged by the credit card processor.
  • Helping Hands Hawaii - 03/25/2020, $100,000
    This nonprofit is providing emergency assistance with support for rent and utility payments to families who are facing a loss of income as a result of COVID-19.; 536-7234
  • Ho‘ōla Nā Pua - 8/14/2020, $50,000
    Supports Pearl Haven, a residential facility designed to offer physical and emotional safety for up to 32 commercially sexually exploited girls 11-17 years old. HNP is renovating a 20,000 sq. ft. building on a 12-acre campus with a goal to open in the first quarter of 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown disproportionate impacts on vulnerable populations, including youth who are being victimized and/or targeted as a result of displacement from shelters, financial strain on the family, or a general lack of resources.
  • HOPE Services - 04/03/2020, $100,000
    HOPE Services Hawaii, Inc (HOPE) is a homeless service provider on Hawai‘i Island, providing emergency financial assistance to households typically at imminent risk of and experiencing homelessness. HOPE is providing one-time emergency financial assistance (up to $1,000 per household) to provide stability to Hawaii Island ALICE households demonstrating a loss of income as a result of COVID-19. Funds will support rent, mortgage, utlity, necessary medical purchases, care payments, or insurance that are unable to be paid because of a loss of income.; 935-3050
  • Kaua‘i Food Bank, Inc. - 5/11/2020, $20,000
    Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank is one of two main food banks on Kaua'i. This grant represents additional funding for food and staff time, which is a response to processing and distributing to a greater volume of families during the pandemic.
  • Kaua‘i North Shore Food Pantry - 5/11/2020, $10,000
    The Kaua‘i North Shore Food Pantry will provide a second food distribution day. This program fills needs where the DOH Grab and Go and other County or State programs arenʻt regularly serving. Funding supports the purchase of food items and supplies.
  • Kokua Kalihi Valley - 9/8/2020, $175,000
    Kokua Kalihi Valley (KKV) is providing direct health care services to communities who are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, in particular, the COFA migrant community. The organization is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) meeting pandemic needs by way of food programs, co-pay for COVID-19 prescriptions, and investing in capacity to serve a 12,000 individual patient population. Flexible funding supports resource gaps faced during the organization's unprecedented and immediate response to the pandemic's impact on the community it serves. KKV is providing 2,400 hot meals and 800+ bags of fresh produce in the next four months and is distributing information about COVID-19 to about 6,400 public housing residents.
  • Kukulu Kumuhana O Anahola - 5/11/2020, $10,000
    KKOA is a nonprofit serving Anahola since 2009. The organization is supporting kūpuna with weekly delivery of Comunity Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes which include a variety of local produce. The organization is coordinating CSA box delivery to 40 kūpuna in Anahola for eight weeks or 320 boxes.
  • Kupu - 5/20/2020, $50,000
    KUPU will prepare 200 meals/weekday for 2 months which will be distributed by the Boys & Girls Club of Wai‘anae to families on the Leeward Coast.
  • Lanakila Pacific - 4/22/2020, $61,600
    Lanakila Pacific partners with Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies to provide meals to pregnant or new mothers participating in its Cribs for Kids program. Current social distancing rules for this vulnerable population increases the difficulty to access enough food.
  • Lāna‘i Community Health Center - 10/27/2020, $37,250
    Lāna‘i Community Health Center (LCHC) is one of several critical organizations on Lāna‘i providing COVID-19 testing and other support as the island faces a growing outbreak of cases in the past week. LCHD is the designated COVID-19 healthcare site for the island of Lāna‘i, overseeing the quick response to minimize impact on the island's population of approximately 3,000 residents. They received funds to support COVID-19 testing and food, for residents in quarantine, in immediate response to the recent outbreak.
  • Legal Aid Society of Hawai'i - 4/22/2020, $15,969
    The Legal Aid Society of Hawai'i (LASH) has experienced a significant increase in calls from the community as a result of the widespread impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through its helpline, LASH provides public access to paralegals and staff attorneys for legal support.
  • Mālama Kaua‘i - 5/11/2020, $43,647
    Mālama Kaua‘i was awarded funding from the USDA to purchase product from local farmers to distribute CSA boxes into the community. This grant leverages the USDA Farm-to-Families Foodbox program to ensure that Mālama Kaua‘i has the capacity and resources to operate the program successfully. Mālama Kaua‘i will distribute 6,400 CSA boxes and 1,600 dairy boxes.
  • Maui Economic Opportunity - 04/10/2020, $200,000
    Maui Economic Opportunity will operate its Hawaii Emergency Laulima Partnership (HELP) Rental Assistance Program to help households at risk of losing their housing due to the pandemic. It's current HELP program supports housholds with food, medicine, and other essential needs but MEO will now add the rental assistance program as a supplement. This funding will leverage existing County funding to support ALICE families with much needed finanical and food security.; 249-2990
  • Maui Food Bank, Inc - 03/24/2020, $130,000
    Maui Food Bank is providing food distribution to ensure that no one in Hawai‘i goes hungry, particularly during this time of crisis.; 243-9500
  • Maui Food Bank, Inc. - 5/20/2020, $100,000
    The Maui Food Bank serves all of Maui County and is the best way to help feed a large number of people. They've been doing large distributions direct to needy families and also have been working through a network of nearly 50 partners organizations. Funds support continued large distributions to Maui's communities.
  • Mental Health America of Hawaii - 5/27/2020, $102,000
    This funding helps Mental Health America of Hawai‘i (MHAH) to provide mental health and wellness programs and resources to help thousands of Hawai‘i residents in need of mental health support during this challenging time. Programming has been pivoted and refocused on youth issues, COVID-19 training webinars, a Help Call Line, a healthy relationships series, and mental health & wellness activities for frontline workers.
  • Mom's On A Mission Hawaii dba Aloha Diaper Bank - 5/26/2020, $15,000
    Aloha Diaper Bank has been distributing diapers to O‘ahu families through nonprofit partners, individual requests, and partnering businesses. The organization will order 100,000 diapers and 60,000 wipes and distribute into community.
  • National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii, Inc. - 4/29/2020, $100,000
    The National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii is pivoting its services to meet the health needs of Hawai'i’s most vulnerable kidney disease patients during the pandemic. The organization is providing isolation transportation services to kidney patients who need treatment in hospital and offering home treatment options where possible, to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on their vulnerable population.
  • Parents and Children Together - 4/24/2020, $75,021
    PACT is addressing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by operating three specific projects for their communities in Honolulu. The organization is distributing tablets to 100 children at Kuhio Park Terrace low-income housing for equitable access to education, re-stocking their Family & Economic Development Center (food and supply distribution), and operating two shelters for domestic violence survivors.
  • Parents and Children Together - 6/29/2020, $18,000
    PACT is addressing a need for internet accessibility at public housing facilities in which their programs operate. Prior funding provided tablets to children without technology access for continued schooling, but internet providers fell through with offering free services at public housing facilities. The hotspots will provide internet connectivity for one year for families in need.
  • River of Life Mission - 4/27/2020, $20,000
    River of Life Mission (ROLM) is continuing their emergency food program for homeless and other vulnerable populations in Chinatown. ROLM provides 3 hot meals/day, Monday – Friday to an average of 250 unduplicated individuals per meal per day.
  • The Caregiver Foundation - 5/8/2020, $28,000
    The Caregiver Foundation (TCF) supports caregivers and individuals needing care through a variety of services including caregiver and care needs workshops, caregiver coordination services, and family caregiving planning. In light of COVID-19, seniors are becoming more isolated and caregivers are experiencing increased stressors to care for their loved ones. TCF will leverage technology to increase engagement and provide greater support to seniors and caregivers by using tablets to engage with isolated seniors, creating educational webinars, and providing caregiver phone support.
  • The Food Basket, Inc. - 03/24/2020, $105,000
    The Food Basket is providing food distribution to ensure that no one in Hawai‘i goes hungry, particularly during this time of crisis.; 933-6030
  • The Food Basket Inc. - 5/20/2020, $100,000
    The Food Basket is Hawaii Island's main food bank and the best way to help feed a large number of people. They operate several innovative programs including Double Up Food Bucks, a CSA box program and work closely with local farmers. Funds support continued large distributions to Hawaii Island residents.
  • Waikiki Community Center - 5/20/2020, $48,786
    As a result of COVID-19, Waikiki Community Center (WCC) closed its senior center for the safety of its staff and kūpuna. Since that time, WCC helped to provide more than 2,000 meals to low-income seniors. It is working with Meals on Wheels to transition these services. WCC is providing needed case management services and adapting its programs to utilize technology to safely provide education and opportunities for social interaction for its kūpuna.
  • YWCA of Kaua‘i - 5/11/2020, $18,000
    The YWCA is the only 24 hour/365 days Family Violence Shelter for Kaua‘i providing hotlines for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Funding supports their crisis response services.

Phase III

  • Center for Tomorrow's Leaders - 6/19/2020, $8,750
    Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders works with high school students on O‘ahu, Hawai‘i Island, and Lāna‘i. CTL is coordinating summer leadership and internship opportunities for young adults, by connecting them directly to organizations and programs responding to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic across the State. This program benefits students with post-high experience and also benefits organizations experiencing a decline in volunteer contributions due to social distancing measures.
  • Hawaii Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development - 8/14/2020, $49,800
    Hawai‘i Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development (HACBED) aims to support points of synergy and opportunities for collaborative action between the different collective resilience efforts –both those in response to COVID-19 and preexisting efforts–in Hawai‘i. Information gathered will be used to inform funders, provide technical assistance, and provide resources to collective efforts across the state.
  • Hawaiian Community Assets, Inc. - 5/13/2020, $69,000
    Hawaii Community Lending (HCL) is a CDFI bank associated with Hawaiian Community Assets (HCA). HCA/HCL will be receiving funding from the County of Hawai‘i to provide emergency loans to workers and self-employed individuals who meet ALICE income thresholds and have lost income due to COVID-19. HCF partners with HCL, HCA and Hawai‘i County by supporting administrative costs and subsidizing the interest so that loans can be offered at 0% interest rate.
  • HCF Homebased Child Care Fund - 5/1/2020, $125,000
    Hawai‘i Community Foundation has launched the Home-Based Child Care (HBCC) Emergency Fund, powered by the Hawai‘i Resilience Fund (HRF), to provide relief to licensed home-based child care providers across Hawai‘i.
  • National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii, Inc. - 7/23/2020, $112,000
    The National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii (NKFH) is partnering with American Medical Response (AMR) to operate a COVID-19 mobile screening clinic which will address the immediate screening and testing needs on O'ahu. The unit will be maintained by NKFH as an enduring resource for individuals served by NKFH that are facing the broader long-term impact of chronic disease, most notably, diabetes. NKFH received Grants in Aid funds from the City and County of Honolulu to purchase a mobile unit and learned that a mobile clinic already existed on island, so the organization agreed to partner. The parties will collaborate as the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the need for our healthcare system to be innovative, flexible and adaptable to respond to the challenges the outbreak presents.
  • The Queen's Health Systems - 7/23/2020, $200,000
    The Queen’s Health System will redesign and renovate a space dedicated to an Infectious Disease Program Unit at the Queen’s Medical Center, Punchbowl campus. This project is in anticipation of long-term management of COVID-19 once Hawai'i re-opens to visitors. The new unit will contain and treat patients with the virus in a safe environment for the patients and their caregivers. Costs include renovation and redesign of the dedicated space as well as technology, equipment, and IT upgrades.
  • Skog Rasmussen LLC - 10/26/2020, $12,565
    This is a project supported by Hawai‘i Community Foundation to interview organizations about their experiences with receiving and managing federal CARES funds. The report will capture the experiences of government agencies and nonprofits that are acting as intermediaries for State of Hawai‘i or County agencies as well as nonprofits who are the end users of CARES funding. It is our hope that with this information we will be able to inform potential improvements to government grant and contract processes to help our sector in both the short- and long-term.
  • Social Impact Investment Fund - 6/5/2020, $1,500,000
    The social impact investment fund will inject new capital into Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI’s) to address the needs of ALICE families, nonprofit organizations and small businesses. The fund will focus on economic recovery and financial stabilization.
  • Stronger Together Scholarship Fund - 6/5/2020, $700,000
    The COVID-19 epidemic shined a spotlight on Hawaii’s college students and their need for a more flexible and unrestricted student-centric scholarship model. As a result, Hawaii Community Foundation created the Stronger Together Hawai’i Scholarship to provide financial support to Hawaii’s vulnerable and underrepresented student-populations now and in the future, beginning with the graduating high school 2020 seniors who were unable to receive critical college-preparatory activities and support due to the epidemic.
  • University of Hawai'i Foundation - 9/3/2020, $200,000
    The University of Hawai'i Economic Research Organization (UHERO) has mobilized its resources to make widely available reports, policy briefs, and forecasts highlighting the economic impacts of COVID-19. The organization hires former graduate students, who are in their early careers as PhD economists, to help support the speed and intensity required to bring forward valuable data that will help to re-open Hawai'i's economy.
  • University of Hawai'i Foundation - 9/10/2020, $100,000
    Windward Community College (WCC) is creating a short term educational pathway to address the knowledge and skills needed by potential family (home-based) childcare providers, including business planning, child development and potential barriers to implementation. The target audience is community members interested in starting a family childcare home. By focusing on new childcare providers, WCC helps to address critical childcare shortages and workforce needs, stimulating the creation of new, sustainable jobs. Through the non-certificate program at WCC, some current license exempt providers (ʻohana care) may also be trained so that they can become licensed providers.
  • University of Hawai'i Economic Research Organization (UHERO) - 4/17/2020, $200,000
    UHERO has mobilized its resources to make reports, policy briefs and forecasts highlighting the economic impacts of COVID-19 widely available. UHERO will provide economic information and policy analysis that is in high demand as the State moves toward building recovery plans. Critical positions are likely to be filled by PhD economists working in public and private sector to support current and future needs lending to Hawaii's economic recovery plan.
  • University of Hawaii Foundation - 5/11/2020, $300,000
    University of Hawai'i partners with Hawai'i P-20 to offer the Next Steps to Your Future Initiative, a program that aims to reach out and connect with the 11,000 public school students who graduate in May. The program offers a summer onramp program to engage seniors in transitioning to their post-high plans for careers, and connects soon-to-be graduates to post-secondary education, training, and/or employment.

Phase IIII

  • Hawaii VA Foundation - 10/6/2020, $100,000
    The Hawaii VA Foundation is fiscally sponsoring the organization, RISEHI, to produce a video-based curriculum to educate and inspire a proactive approach to creating a new economy post COVID-19. The video curriculum being developed is named "Make IT Happen," and focuses on helping local creators, entrepreneurs, and leaders to shift mindsets about capabilities and opportunities in Hawaii. RISEHI is partnering with public and private schools as well as community-based organizations to share the web-based curriculum. The ultimate goal is for users of the curriculum to be able to adopt to the constantly changing environment with the ability to live and thrive in Hawaii. RISEHI will develop a full curriculum with 32 videos (8 themes) by early 2021.
  • The Legal Clinic - 10/8/2020, $35,000
    The Legal Clinic (TLC) provides free legal services in federal immigration matters to low-income persons in immigrant communities that are particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The immigrant population often works in service industries with higher exposure to the virus and/or business closure while also living in multi-generational households where viral spread can wreak havoc on the family. The Legal Clinic also provides policy advocacy to improve systemic responses to immigrant populations so that they can access healthcare, social services, and benefits like all other residents of our state.

Donor Advised Funds (DAFS)

Grants through DAFS have supported organizations statewide addressing Covid-19 impacts.

Aggregate total through grant distributions: $3,188,748

Strong Fund Grantees

County-specific Strong Funds build community resiliency through providing disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.

Grantees from each county addressing COVID-19 impacts include:

Strong Fund Contributions: $1,700,000
Grants made from Strong Funds: $1,606,285

Kaua‘i Strong Fund

  • ʻAina Hoʻokupu O Kīlauea - 3/27/2020, $10,000
    ʻAina Hoʻokupu O Kīlauea is supporting our local farmers by purchasing vegetables and fruits to create community supported agriculture (CSA) boxes to sell to the community. They have a drive-through pickup system that minimizes contact and keeps physical distancing a top priority. In addition, they donate fresh healthy produce to the ones most in need. They recently were able to secure a refrigeration unit and are looking to expand service in the upcoming weeks to include fresh fish and meat, upon availability. This grant supports the organization’s capacity to run these programs as well as help to purchase the produce from the farmers.
  • ‘Āina Ho‘okupu O Kīlauea - 5/11/2020, $5,000
    AHK is partnering wth volunteers to coordinate food deliveries and community pick-ups of fresh produce along Kaua‘i’s north shore. The volunteers help source fresh produce, as well as meat and fish, and package the goods for delivery and pick-ups every Monday and Thursday. The group distributes 200 boxes or bags every week to kūpuna and other vulnerable families in the region.
  • E Ola Mau Na Leo O Kekaha - 3/27/2020, $10,000
    E Ola Mau Na Leo O Kekaha in partnership with Kekaha Agriculture Association is providing fresh and healthy food through a distrubtion network of citizens and churches on the Westside of Kauaʻi. This grant supports the purchase of food from farmers and fishermen, supplies, supplemental items and transportation to distribute and deliver the food.
  • Hoʻomana Inc. - 5/11/2020, $5,000
    Hoʻomana has been serving the community of emotionally, physically and mentally challenged residents for the past 17 years. Currently, they are providing outreach to clients and vulnerable families despite the flooding at the organization's thrift shop as well as delivering donated food items, clothing, tents, household supplies, etc. to the houseless community now living in Kamalani Kai in Lydgate. In additiona, the organization delivers three meals a day during the week, and one meal on weekends to this community.
  • Kamanu Composites FS: Kaiola Canoe Club - 4/7/2020, $2,000
    Kamanu Composites is a manufacturing company out of Oahu that makes canoes and closed their doors on March 21st due to the stay-at-home order which prohibits all non-essential labor. To help meet the demand of personal protection equipment face shields, they created a prototype face shield to protect font-line workers from COVID-19. Within a week, they were making 500 masks to distribute throughout the state, including Wilcox Hospital on Kauaʻi. Recently, they have secured enough plastic to make 12,000 masks for our front-line workers. This grant is to support Kamanu purchase the supplies to make 300 masks to be distributed to non-profit organizations on Kaua'i.
  • Kaua'i Planning and Action Alliance - 11/2/2020, $1,771
    The Kauaʻi Resilience Project, a project of the Kauaʻi Planning & Action Alliance, worked with Kauaʻi Community College to set up two drive-in movie events, called "Movies with a Message" for families on the island. The program's events include a free meal for every family that directly support local Kauai restaurants. This event is a continuation of previous drive-in movies offered to Kauai families in September and attended by 100 cars at each event. This funding supports a rescheduled drive-in movie that was rained out in October that will now occur in November 2020. This support funds the general costs to put on the event.
  • Kaua'i Independent Food Bank - 4/7/2020, $10,000
    The Kaua'I Independent Food Bank is providng safe distribution of food boxes to low-income families and kūpuna. The funds will support an increased capacity needed to meet the increased demand for food by Kauai's most vulnerable families impacted by COVID-19.
  • Kaua'i Makerspace - 4/7/2020, $1,000
    Kauaʻi Makerspace is using 3D printers to create sorely needed personal protection equipment face shields for healthcare professionals on Kauaʻi. Kauai Makerspace has called out to its network of makers on the island with 3D printers to help create these face shields. The organization has over 20 3D printers going everyday run by about 8 people. This grant supports the organization’s goal of making 1000+ shields by providing supplies to the makers who are printing the shields in their own homes.
  • Life's Bridges Hawaii, Inc. - 5/20/2020, $20,000
    Life’s Bridges (LB) is expanding program services including Outreach/Activity Support, 1-on-1 and Group Grief Support Services and Mental Health Services marketing. The organization is seeing an increase in stress calls due to COVID-19 and is seeing an increase in demand for their services addressing suicide ideation, potential suicide, and other mental health distress resulting from the pandemic.
  • Kupu - 8/20/2020, $10,000
    Kupu’s Conservation Leadership Development Program (CLDP) is positioned to create up to twenty environmental jobs through a rigorous, entry-level training opportunity for early professionals (17 years or older) that want to commit to a career in conservation. Kaua‘i residents suffering from employment interruptions due to COVID-19 related business closures are eligible for the program. Kupu and its partners will provide paid training in green sector jobs along with an opportunity to earn college credits while contributing to reducing Kaua‘i economy’s reliance on tourism.
  • Mālama Kaua‘i - 8/14/2020, $5,000
    Mālama Kaua‘i has teamed up with The Food Basket to promote the use of SNAP-EBT and DA BUX at local markets on Kaua'i. Mālama Kaua‘i will promote the program with Kaua'i specific marketing via flyers, signage, radio spots and social media and will run until the end of the year. With the support of DA BUX program funding, each participating retailer doubles the value of SNAP-EBT dollars, helping SNAP-EBT cardholders bring home more healthy fruits and vegetables while supporting local farmers.
  • Wilcox Health Foundation - 4/7/2020, $10,000
    The Wilcox Hospital is increasing staff capacity to respond to increased testing of Kauai residents for COVID-19. Funds will support expansion of COVID-19 protocol with its essential staff, adjustments to the ICU capacity, and the increase in testing.
  • Wilcox Health Foundation - 8/28/2020, $5,000
    Hawai'i Pacific Health is coordinating COVID-19 care packages for newly diagnosed patients with educational materials and a few practical items. The package contains home monitoring and access instructions, a resource list, disposable masks, a digital thermometer, a notepad, and a hand sanitizer. This program will support about 1,000 care packages on O'ahu and Kaua'i.

O'ahu Strong Fund

  • EPIC 'Ohana - $3,000
    The O'ahu HI H.O.P.E.S. Youth Leadership Board, a foster youth leadership program supported by EPIC ‘Ohana, will distribute one-time enhancement stipends to young people who have aged out of foster care and are particularly vulnerable because of their lack of family, social capital, employment, education, and other resource options. The board hopes to serve 30 young people with a one-time payment from the emergency fund.
  • Hawaii Leadership Forum - $5,026
    Hawai'i Leadership Forum supports the Hawaii Data Collaborative. The Hawaii Data Collaborative is building a dashboard to track the progress of the Honolulu City & County small business relief and recovery grant program. The dashboard tracks the disbursement of county funds through the Small Business Relief and Recovery Fund on a weekly basis.
  • Ho‘ōla Nā Pua - 5/15/2020, $10,000
    Ho‘ōla Nā Pua continues to support youth who are victims of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation, especially during the current economic downturn when predatory behavior has increased. Ho‘ōla Nā Pua provides rent and utility assistance, as well as support for basic food and necessities.
  • Hui Mahi'ai Aina - 5/5/2020, $10,000
    Hui Mahiai Aina is operating a project focused on supporting community self-sufficiency for Waimanalo’s homeless through agriculture and housing opportunities. The program addresses a need to support Native Hawaiian homeless who are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and the issues surrounding the pandemic. On its land, the organization has a community residing in donated prefabricated homes and will provide them, through this project, a community garden.
  • Hui Malama O Ke Kai Foundation - 5/5/2020, $10,000
    Hui Malama o Ke Kai Foundation (HMK) has launched a distribution point for food, hygienic and household supplies for low-income and ALICE families living in Waimanalo community. Distribution occurs in an open-air facility with a drive-thru process for pick-up of prepared meals for families to supplement other resources.
  • Kapiolani Health Foundation - 8/28/2020, $5,000
    Hawai'i Pacific Health is coordinating COVID-19 care packages for newly diagnosed patients with educational materials and a few practical items. The package contains home monitoring and access instructions, a resource list, disposable masks, a digital thermometer, a notepad, and a hand sanitizer. This program will support about 1,000 care packages on O'ahu.
  • Operation Homefront, Inc. - 5/9/2020, $10,000
    Operation Homefront O‘ahu, will provide financial assistance to military and veteran members, including wounded warriors, who are adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. It’s expanding its program to support National Guard and Reserve personnel activated for COVID-19 operations and assignments. Assistance is provided through payments direct to vendors to pay for utilities, rent, or simliar costs and through grocery gift cards.
  • Pali Momi Foundation - 8/28/2020, $5,000
    Hawai'i Pacific Health is coordinating COVID-19 care packages for newly diagnosed patients with educational materials and a few practical items. The package contains home monitoring and access instructions, a resource list, disposable masks, a digital thermometer, a notepad, and a hand sanitizer. This program will support about 1,000 care packages on O'ahu.
  • Straub Foundation - 8/28/2020, $5,000
    Hawai'i Pacific Health is coordinating COVID-19 care packages for newly diagnosed patients with educational materials and a few practical items. The package contains home monitoring and access instructions, a resource list, disposable masks, a digital thermometer, a notepad, and a hand sanitizer. This program will support about 1,000 care packages on O'ahu.
  • The Mediation Center of the Pacific - 5/11/2020, $15,000
    The Mediation Center of the Pacific operates the Rapid Response Mediation Program, which was created in response to the coronavirus pandemic to assist landlords and tenants. The program helps to negotiate realistic payment plans and maintain a positive working relationship between landlords and tenants. Funding will support up to 30 landlords and tenants each month on O‘ahu for a 5-month period to keep renters in their homes.

Maui County Strong Fund, which includes Maui, Moloka‘i, and Lāna‘i

  • Aunty Jan's House of Blessings - 4/16/2020, $3,000
    Aunty Jan's House of Blessings has been serving West Moloka'i for over 20 years and is the only emergency food pantry in the area. They will help approximately 500 people with food, clothing and basic necessities during this time of increased need.
  • Friends of the Children's Justice Center of Maui, Inc. - 6/22/2020, $10,000
    Friends of the Children's Justice Center of Maui (FCJC) is responding to the individual needs of youth and families that have been affected by abuse and neglect. By providing flexible support, FCJC Maui hopes to reduce stress levels in homes that are due to financial hardship, substance use issues, mental health issues, limited outside access for activities, etc.”
  • Friends of the Children's Justice Center of Maui, Inc. - 9/21/2020, $10,000
    FCJC Maui is directly responding to the individual needs of youth and families that have been affected by abuse and neglect. By providing flexible support, FCJC Maui hopes to “reduce stress levels in homes that are due to financial hardship, substance use issues, mental health issues, limited outside access for activities, etc.” Examples of increased needs include requests for diapers and basic necessities; with the new school year, they expect to see requests for devices and other expenses to support distance learning.
  • Hale Mahaolu - 8/27/2020, $10,000
    Hale Mahaolu operates the Personal Care Program which provides care assistants to service Hale Mahaolu participants with some of the following: personal hygiene, assistance with ambulance, transfers, medications, feedings, nutrition, exercise, taking vitals, and more. Support for this program ensures that kūpuna are cared for and kept safe during quarantine by providing services that keep them physically healthy. Funds will cover three months of services for kūpuna residents of Hale Mahaolu.
  • Hawaii Farmers Union United - 5/15/20, $10,000
    Maui Food Hubs is an Hawaii Farmers Union Foundation project that provides more fresh local produce, meat, fish and value-added products to local consumers. The goal is to help local farmers and ranchers to efficiently sell more produce and product. The program anticipates selling 230 CSA boxes per week and distirbuting to families who have recently lost income or to kūpuna in need.
  • Hui No Ke Ola Pono - 5/8/20, $5,000
    Hui No Ke Ola Pono is a Native Hawaiian Health Care System clinic using their commercial kitchen to serve 200 meals daily to kūpuna. Funding will support hot meals for 200 kūpuna for 10 weeks leveraged by other funders contributing to their efforts.
  • Imua Family Services - 5/29/20, $8,000
    Imua Family Services has been providing scholarship for healthcare workers to receive in-home childcare. Funding helps Imua Family Services to continue offering childcare services for clients as they work to make a smooth transition to other childcare options opening in July. This support will help families complete enrollment in tuition assistance programs.
  • Kama'aina Care, Inc - 10/2/2020, $10,000
    Kama‘āina Kids is setting up a space at the Maui Mall for students to safely access distance learning while their parents are at work. This program is being set up in response to need from families, who would normally have students in public school and who are not prepared to pay for childcare. These parents are able to return to work, if they can be sure that their children are being supervised and able to access education. Kama‘āina Kids will provide social distanced space with students divided into small groups. Funds are being requested to subsidize tuition ($200/week) for low and moderate-income families for whom this is an unexpected expense. The program is expected to run while DOE schools are conducting all-distanced and blended classes.
  • Lanai Kinaole - 10/2/2020, $10,000
    Lāna‘i Kīnā‘ole provides home health services and is the only agency licensed to do so on Lāna‘i. The organization serves patients who need home health care, primarily kūpuna, and currently have seventeen clients with an ongoing waitlist. Increased funding will allow them to serve more clients by increasing the number of hours for paid staff.
  • Maui Makers - 4/16/2020, $20,000
    Maui Makers is an all-volunteer group producing personal protective equipment for essential workers through 3-D printing. They have already produced 200 plastic face shields and have requests for 1,200 more. Maui Makers will also branch out into printing other items requested by healthcare workers and other first responders.
  • Maui United Way - 5/28/20, $7,500
    Maui United Way is purchasing forty 5-gallon containers of hand sanitizer from local distilleries and will distribute to an estimated 50 nonprofit organizations in Maui over six months. The project will target organizations with 10 to 15 employees who have clients visiting their offices
  • Maui United Way - 9/21/2020, $10,000
    The Maui United Way purchasing bulk masks, gloves, face shields, and additional sanitizer to help nonprofit organizations that are in need in Maui Nui. The Maui United Way is distributing to an estimated 50 nonprofit organizations in Maui over the next 6 months. The project will target organizations with 10 to 15 employees who have clients visiting their offices.
  • Maui United Way - 10/27/20, $30,000
    Maui United Way received $10,000 in July and $10,000 in September to provide PPE to nonprofit organizations. Maui United Way is using funds to restore their supply of PPE for the next six months. In addition, these funds will support the organization's supply of PPE to immediately address the sudden outbreak of cases on Lāna‘i. Items sent to Lāna‘i will be distributed by partner agency, and fellow Maui Strong grantee, Lāna‘i Kinaʻole. These items will supplement the approximately 11,000 cloth masks delivered to Lāna‘i by the County of Maui.
  • Maui Family YMCA - 9/15/2020, $7,000
    The YMCA is piloting a Distance Learning Childcare Program converting their Child Watch room into a classroom setting. The project will include tables and chairs for 20 children. YMCA staff will be present to supervise the students ensuring they attend virtual class each day from 7:30 am – 2:00 pm. The target audience will be DOE children (ages 5-8 years) with parents who are first responders. Funding will be used for tuition assistance, cleaning and sanitization, and Wi-Fi services.
  • Mediation Services of Maui - 8/12/2020, $25,000
    The Mediation Services of Maui (MMS) “Finding Solutions Together” program is aimed at facilitating payment plans that enable low-income renters to maintain adequate housing while helping to address landlords’ need to cover mortgage payments. MMS dedicates professional staff to provide direct client assistance for tenants and landlords. The organization will also train a core group of community volunteers to provide mediation and negotiation services that will expand the Finding Solutions Together program based on the level of community need as Maui County gradually recovers from the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Na Hoaloha - 4/2/2020, $5,000
    Na Hoaloha is providing services to kūpuna and disabled individuals to support self-quarantine with services including food and medicine delivery and daily phone calls. Na Hoaloha also help those unable to drive get to urgent medical appointments through Uber Health. Na Hoaloha has partnered with Maui senior serving organizations.
  • Nā Hoaloha Maui Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers - 6/22/2020, $5,000
    Nā Hoaloha is continuing to provide services to kūpuna and disabled individuals in self-quarantine, including food and medicine delivery, daily phone calls, and occasional urgent medical appointment transportation through Lyft. Nā Hoaloha is also partnering with other senior serving organizations (MEO, Hale Makua, Hospice Maui and Hale Mahaolu) serving as the hub for new volunteers and for those seeking in-home services.
  • 'Ohana Makamae - 4/16/2020, $2,000
    'Ohana Makamae is providing food boxes in partnership with the Maui Food Bank and will begin distributing toiletries to families in East Maui. This will fill critical need for access to food for a remote area where unemployment has soared to 70% in recent weeks.
  • St. Theresa's Church - 5/8/20, $5,000
    Hale Kau Kau is a program of St. Theresa Church in Kīhei. They are experiencing an increase in demand for services, delivering 90 meals per day as well as serving 140 meals daily from their pickup window. Funding supports food and non-food supplies, such as plates, cups, utensils, masks and gloves for kitchen volunteers and kitchen staff as well as drivers.
  • St. Theresa's Church - 6/22/2020, $5,000
    This is an extension of the original funding request focused on providing food to elderly and homeless individuals. The organization continues to provide hot meals to homeless individuals through a pick-up window and to the elderly via volunteer delivery drivers.
  • University of Hawai'i Foundation - 4/29/2020, $6,300
    University of Hawai'i Foundation is funding a pilot study by Dr. Denise Cohen who is a former member of Maui County’s pandemic planning team and who has previously published work with SARS. Dr. Denise Cohen runs UHMC’s Health Clinic and is now partnering with the Deptartment of Health and the Salvation Army to design and implement a pilot study that aims to discover the extent of COVID within Maui’s homeless population through testing and data analysis.
  • University of Hawai'i Foundation - 6/9/2020, $10,000
    Local food trucks are providing families with hot meals in Central Maui, Hāna, Moloka‘i, and Lāna‘i. Meals will be brought to neighborhoods for easy access and approximately 66 or more families will be served. Families are either clients of the County of Maui’s Office on Aging or are participants in CTAHR’s ‘Ohana Caregivers Program (grandparents raising grandchildren) who are eligible for free or reduced lunch.

Hawai‘i Island Strong Fund

  • Aloha Club of Hilo - 4/24/2020, $11,000
    Aloha Club of Hilo (“The Clubhouse”) provides an emergency phone loan program serving adults on Hawai‘i Island living with mental illness. This program will provide 60 members in Hilo and Kona with a mobile phone to access home health-care visits while sheltering in place and preventing unnecessary emergency room visits.
  • ARC of Kona - 7/1/2020, $8,000
    ARC of Kona is facilitating a one-time distribution of food for their program participants (90 households) and for their employees (70 households). Employees of the ARC are considered essential workers and have continued to provide home and community-based services when possible, and respite to their primary caregivers. ARC of Kona is providing them a box of food that they will assemble from proteins, vegetables and poi purchased from local food sources. They plan to distribute 160 boxes that would provide enough food for 2 weeks of meals.
  • Boys and Girls Club Big Island - 4/13/2020, $10,000
    The Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island (BGCBI) provides hot meals to support children, kūpuna, homeless, and struggling families that are being affected by the current health and economic crisis. BGCBI is using their kitchen operations to cook, seal, and transport meals to The Salvation Army and HOPE Services Hawai'i each day to support their program participants.
  • Effective Planning Innovative Communication, Inc. - 5/8/2020, $1,600
    The East Hawaii HI H.O.P.E.S. Youth Leadership Board, a foster youth leadership program supported by EPIC ‘Ohana, will distribute one-time enhancement stipends to young people who have aged out of foster care and are particularly vulnerable because of their lack of family, social capital, employment, education, and other resource options. The board expects to serve 16 young people with a one-time payment from the emergency fund.
  • Going Home Hawai'i - 7/9/2020, $10,000
    Going Home Hawai'i is providing reintegration housing programs for indviduals recovering from substance abuse or were previously incarcerated. The program is expanding its bed inventory by securing an additional house in Hilo which will provide services to more people during the pandemic. The organization reported that there is a severe need for safe, stable, and alcohol and drug-free living environments, especially due to the pandemic's impact exacerbating that need.
  • Hawai'i Children's Action Network - 4/24/2020, $5,000
    The Hawai'i Children's Action Network supports the Hawai'i Diaper Bank, a service that distributes diapers, wipes, and other essenitals to low-income families with young children on Hawaiʻi Island. The service is expanding to support an increased number of vulnerable families as a result of COVID-19.
  • Hawaii Institute of Pacific Agriculture - 4/29/2020, $23,445
    Kohala Food Hub (KFH) is a project of Hawaii Institute of Pacific Agriculture (HIP Ag), an organization working with North Kohala farmers to provide an online market and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes. Since mid-March, HIP Ag has seen a major increase in online requests for produce and are delivering food to over 300 people each week.
  • Hawaii Papaya Industry Association - 4/22/2020, $5,000
    The Hawai‘i Papaya Industry Association (HPIA) and UH CTAHR have partnered to prevent two food industries from collapsing. The swine industry has lost access to feed from hotel and restaurant food waste and faces a shortage of grain from the mainland. Similarly, papaya growers have lost sales to the mainland and to local hotels, restaurants and schools. Funding wil pay farmers to pick papayas and sell them to pig farmers at low cost for feed.
  • Hawaii Rise Foundation - 4/3/2020, $5,000
    Hawai‘i Rise Foundation (HRF) volunteers coordinate delivery of supplies to kūpuna in the Keaukaha community in early March when kūpuna were being advised to stay at home to avoid contact with COVID-19. HRF serves as a fiscal coordinator for Activate Hawaii Aid (AID) which is a concerted effort to bring community together and activate an island-wide network of resilience hubs to helpf the most vulnerable get the support they need during this public health emergency. AHA is a group of community partners that include County Council members, County department directors, the Hawai'i Island Food Alliance, Vibrant Hawai'i Island, Maku'u Farmers, Hawaii Rise Foundation, and others.
  • Hawaii Rise Foundation - 4/20/2020, $6,000
    Activate Hawai‘i Aid (AHA) partners--including Hawai‘i Rise Foundation, Vibrant Hawai‘i Island, Connect Point Church, Lili’uokalani Trust and volunteers from communities around Hawai‘i Island--are supporting the physical and emotional well-being of keiki by distributing 5,000 Keiki Care Packs that include snacks, activity books, and resource information for families.
  • Hawaii Rise Foundation - 5/13/2020, $10,000
    Hawaii Rise Foundation is serving as a fiscal sponsor for a partnership of seamstresses and nonprofits to sew and distribute 10,000 cloth masks in 10 days. As businesses begin to re-open and all island residents are required to wear protective masks while in public, requests for masks continue to be received by Vibrant Hawai‘i Island.
  • Hawaii Science and Technology Museum - 4/20/2020, $5,000
    Hawai‘i Science and Technology Museum (HSTM) will manufacture and deliver personal protective equipment to local hospitals and first responders. Together with local STEM agencies, HSTM hopes to distribute 700 face shields, 500 comfort straps, 22 irradiators, and 150 hands-free door openers.
  • Hawaii Science and Technology Museum - 10/1/2020, $5,000
    Hawai‘i Science and Technology Museum (HSTM) is manufacturing and will deliver 100 hands-free hand sanitizing stations to churches, schools, and organizations providing direct aid to the community during the pandemic. In addition, HSTM will train and deploy a small team of contact tracers to identify and isolate positive COVID-19 cases within Hawai‘i Island schools. Since the beginning of the pandemic, HSTM has led a consortium of local STEM industry organizations to help meet the needs of healthcare workers and first responders through local development and manufacture of necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) and other infection fighting interventions.
  • Hawaii Preparatory Academy - 10/8/2020, $15,500
    Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy (HPA) has two school gardens that have been providing fresh produce to food programs in Waimea including Annunciation and St. James’ churches since early 2020 when the coronavirus mandated the closing of schools and businesses. HPA created an internship program to continue planting, harvesting, and delivering food to the community while teachers are conducting distance learning. HPA recognizes that there are many young adults on island with uncertain plans for the future and propose hiring a young adult resident to expand the garden, coordinate the food outreach program and engage students in learning regenerative agriculture and developing connections to local farmers and leaders in the food movement in Hawai‘i.
  • Hōlualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture - 4/2/2020, $2,000
    Artists associated with the Donkey Mill Art Center are organizing a network of sewers to produce fabric face masks for local health organizations such as the West Hawai‘i Community Health Center. Twenty-five kits will be assembled with pre-cut fabric and straps along with instructions and a sewing tutorial, for a total of 500 masks. They will also provide instructions of where to deliver the masks upon completion. Grant includes costs for the supplies and preparation of kits for distriubtion to the sewers.
  • Honoka'a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple - 8/27/2020, $14,200
    Feeding Our Keiki and Kūpuna is a project of the Peace Committee of the Honokaa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. The organization's Friday dinner program includes meals prepared and distributed from the organization's commercial kitchen; it has grown from 70 meals to 425 meals. In addition, the organization is now distributing 100 bags of groceries to families every week.
  • Island of Hawaii YMCA - 4/13/2020, $10,000
    The YMCA provides care for children of healthcare, police, fire, and other essential workers. The program provides breakfast, lunch and snacks, and includes arts & crafts, exercise, dance, and sports. The grant provides funds to cover operational costs and tuition.
  • Kona Rotary Club - 5/6/2020, $10,000
    The Rotary of Kona is purchasing food to assist the Salvation Army with their feeding programs. The Rotary is supporting a grocery pick-up program that serves 500 people and dinner service at Hope Services Friendly Place. The organizations will continue to deliver food and supplies to seniors’ homes every 4-5 days and provide dinner twice a week to families placed by Hope Services at the Holiday Inn. Groceries and sandwiches are distributed on Saturdays at Kealakehe Intermediate and Kahakai Elementary schools.
  • Ku'ikahi Mediation Center, Inc. - 4/22/2020, $5,000
    The Rapid Response Landlord Tenant Mediation Program will provide conflict prevention and resolution services to residential and commercial landlords and tenants. This is a proactive measure to help negotiate agreements for landlords who cannot afford to lose tenants and tenants who cannot afford to owe thousands of dollars in back rent and possible eviction, garnishment, ruined credit ratings and bankruptcy. The goal is to negotiate positive outcomes and provide education about available resources to assist landlords and tenants to prevent mass evictions once the moratorium on evictions ends.
  • Kona Kids Outreach - 4/29/2020, $10,000
    Kona Kids Outreach (KKO) provides food, activities, and school packets for children and families living in low-income housing projects in Kona. While using social distancing practices, KKO volunteers are making door-to-door visits at 4 housing complexes to check on families, to bring meals and groceries to those in need, to distribute protective face masks and to organize weekly fun challenges for over 150 kids.
  • Laiopua 2020 - 5/29/2020, $7,000
    La‘i‘opua 2020’s (L2020) Hanai ‘Ai Program is transitioning from a free hot meal program to a ‘prepare your own’ meal program. L2020 is using their certified kitchen to prepare meals for pick-up every Thursday. The prepare your own meal program is providing meal bags filled with protein, produce, groceries and grocery gift cards for ingredients to complete a meal for a family of four or more.
  • Mindful Living - 5/11/2020, $20,000
    #FeedThePeopleHI-Puna collaborates with the Chef’s Hui, local chefs, schools and community organizations to provide bags of produce, proteins, ingredients, and recipe cards to create meals at home for 500 households in Puna each week for 8 weeks.
  • Mindful Living - 7/16/2020, $20,000
    #FeedThePeopleHI-Puna is a collaboration organized by Hawai‘i County Councilmember, Ashley Kierkiewcz. The program brings together the Chef’s Hui, local chefs, schools and community organizations to provide meal bags with produce, proteins, ingredients and recipe cards to create meals at home. This program will serve 500 households a bag of groceries for 8 weeks and will move to different areas in Puna each week.
  • The Food Basket, Inc. - 9/18/2020, $50,000
    The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Double Up Food Bucks program offers SNAP participants a coupon or voucher at point of sale that doubles their purchasing power when they buy locally grown fruits and vegetables. Each $1 funded into the program provides $2 worth of local food purchases. The Food Basket has been operating this program on Hawai‘i Island since 2017 and in 2019 the organization was awarded a USDA grant to expand the program statewide for two years. This funding will provide matching funds to the State of Hawai'i's funding of the SNAP Double Up Food Bucks program.
  • Waimea Middle Public Conversion Charter School - 10/08/2020, $20,000
    This funding is supporting vulnerable students at Waimea Middle Public Conversion Charter School and will supplement the cost of three support positions – the Youth Intervention Specialist, English Language Learner (ELL) Coordinator/Teacher and the STEAM Program Coordinator. All three of the support positions are contacting students, both virtually and in-person, to check on student well-being and their ability to complete online assignments. These positions also ensure access to the internet and provide tutoring using an open-air tent in the parking lot of a low-income housing complex, creating an internet hub with tables for doing school work with an adult tutor. The STEAM program coordinator also assists teachers in learning effective online teaching practices and troubleshooting technical issues for teachers, students, and their families.
  • West Hawai'i Community Health Center - 4/29/2020, $3,000
    Camp Co-Ki, a temporary day-camp for children of West Hawai'i Community Health Center (WHCHC) staff, was organized to provide their essential workers a daycare option as a result of child care closures. The camp operates Monday-Friday from 8 am to 5 pm and is run by WHCHC staff and their college-aged young adult children, for children ages 5-15.The camp will be held from April 13 to the end of pandemic restrictions.