Richard Smart Fund Grants Now Available to the Waimea Community

Hawai’i Community Foundation announced today that grants benefiting the Waimea community on Hawai’i Island are now available through the Ho’ohui ‘O Waimea grant program.  The deadline for submitting applications is on August 13, 2012.

The grant program was established in honor of Richard Smart, a philanthropist who gave generously to support education, healthcare, culture and the arts and other charitable activities for the Waimea community. Smart’s legacy continues to support the community and lifestyle that he loved, a community where people know each other and care about maintaining the special qualities of Waimea.

The Hawai’i Community Foundation encourages residents and community organizations to submit grant proposals that help to make Waimea a better place to live.  Proposals may include (but are not limited to):

  • Community volunteerism and/or the scope of volunteer opportunities
  • Raising awareness of local civic issues affecting the residents
  • Collaboration between nonprofit organizations
  • Participation in community-building activities
  • Increasing communication between long-time and newer residents

To be eligible for a grant of up to $10,000, a group must be a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization – such as schools, units of government or neighborhood groups– or have a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor. Community organizations without 501(c)(3) status are eligible to apply for a grant up to $2,000, provided the activities to be supported are charitable.

Grants proposals must benefit the Waimea community and can include ongoing or one-time events. Grants awarded will be for a 12 month project.

Proposal information is available at www.hawaii.communityfoundation.org. All proposals should be mailed to Hawai’i Community Foundation, Attention: Richard Smart Fund, 827 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu, HI 96813 and must be post-marked on or before August 13, 2012.

In the first round of Ho’ohui ‘O Waimea grants in 2012, the following organizations received awards:

  • Big Island Mediation – in support of Community Mediation
  • Five Mountains Hawai’i – in support of Lifeplan Youth Leaders of Waimea
  • Friends of the Future – in support of the Better Choices program
  • Hawai’i Preparatory Academy – in support of the Hoku a’Aina Global Sustainability Local Applicability – Go Green Hui
  • North Hawai’i Community Hospital – in support of the Senior Fair
  • North Hawai’i Women and Children’s Services – in support of Summer Academic Enrichment Camps
  • The Earl & Doris Bakken Foundation – in support of the North Hawai’i Outcomes Project
  • The Kohala Center – in support of the Kohala Watershed Partnership Community Volunteer Program
  • The Kohala Center – in support of the Science and Technology High School for the Waimea Community
  • Waimea Preservation Association – in support of Coqui Free Waimea

About Hawai’i Community Foundation
With 95 years of community service, the Hawai’i Community Foundation is the leading philanthropic institution in the state.  The Foundation is a steward of more than 600 funds, including more than 160 scholarship funds, created by donors who desire to transform lives and improve communities.  In 2011, more than $44 million in grants and contracts were distributed statewide.  The Foundation also serves as a resource on community issues and trends in the nonprofit sector.

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