The Hawai‘i Community Foundation is inviting community groups and nonprofit organizations to submit grant proposals for the West Hawai‘i Fund. Established in 1990 to provide a stronger link between charitable donors and the specific needs of West Hawai‘i communities from Kohala to Hawaiian Ocean View Estates, the West Hawai‘i Fund is currently accepting online applications through October 1, 2012. Through the years, local citizens have created additional funds that are also distributed by the West Hawai’i Fund advisory committee including the Hartwell and Rebecca Carter Fund, the Robert C. and Helen F. Nichols Fund, the Arthur Mullaly Fund, and the Oscar and Ernestine Armstrong Fund.
The West Hawai‘i Fund welcomes proposals aimed at improving the quality of life on the west side of Hawai‘i Island. Applications for programs that address the critical needs of people affected by the current economy are strongly encouraged.
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 and clearly demonstrate a program or project’s benefit to the West Hawai‘i community. 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.
Proposal applications are being accepted online at: www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org until 11:59 p.m. Oct 1, 2012. Please direct any questions regarding the online process to the Honolulu office at 1-808- 537-6333 or toll-free at 1-888-731-3863.
About the Hawai`i Community Foundation
With 95 years of community service, the Hawai`i Community Foundation has become the leading philanthropic institution in the state. Having a presence that stretches across all the islands and a reach covering a broad array of fields, the Foundation works with individuals, families, foundations, businesses and organizations to transform lives and improve Hawai‘i’s communities. In 2010, the Foundation provided more than $32 million in grants and contracts throughout Hawai’i on behalf of its clients and funds.