Have a program that will raise the well-being of the Native Hawaiian community? Â The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is looking for you. Â Non-profit granting trends being what they are, OHA has decided to create a new focus in their community granting program from a focus on addressing “individual needs” to programs that will, “lead to systematic change and maximize,” the impact on all Native Hawaiians. Â A look through the 4Hawaiians Only wiki/database demonstrates that the community grants tend to be the broadest in interpretation of OHA goals, so it’s hard to say what difference this new focus will make. Â I suppose we’ll have to see the results of the grant awards to evaluate the difference and what it could mean for Native Hawaiians. Â I can say that the goal of fostering economic self-sufficiency is one that is consistently stressed in OHA publications, and interpreted rather broadly to support anything from community kitchens and farms to poi production. Â The stress on education initiatives is also a constant, and can be seen in the many preschool and scholarship programs in the OHA fold. Â What remains to be seen is whether the shift from individual help to systematic change affects the kinds of programs that have traditionally received these grants. Â The grants can be up to 2 years and as much as $250,000 and are meant to focus on the following three “advocacy initiatives”:
- RaisingÂ family-income levels to help foster economic self sufficiency;
- Meeting or exceeding educational achievement standards forÂ elementary, intermediate and high school students as well as increasing college graduation rates;
- Reducing health risks by decreasing the obesity rate among Native Hawaiians.