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Governor releases $1.52M in grants to nonprofits


Gov. Neil Abercrombie has announced the release of more than $1.52 million for various capital improvement and operating grants to Hawaii-based nonprofit organizations whose missions benefit island communities.

“Nonprofits play an integral role in addressing the needs of our communities,” Abercrombie said. “These funds will provide important services and facilities to those in need to create a better Hawaii for all of us.”

Allotment of funds for the following projects, identified by state legislators, has been approved by the Governor:

$500,000 – Pacific Renal Care Foundation, statewide

Operating grant to support the care of individuals with risk factors for progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) through training and education of immediate family and community caregivers in an effort to improve disease management and minimize cost in treatment. Established in 2006, Pacific Renal Care Foundation (PRCF) is a nonprofit corporation. The grant will fund the Integration for Kidney Excellence (IKE), which is an outreach program of PRCF, whose program mission includes charity for individuals with CKD and education to prevent or slow the disease progression. IKE is designed to support immediate family members who are often the primary caregivers for end stage renal disease patients in isolated rural areas.

$400,000 – Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of Kauai

Capital improvement grant for the interior and exterior renovation and expansion for a new Women’s Center facility that will provide sexual assault treatment and services, domestic violence counseling, and various youth oriented programs. YWCA of Kauai is a nonprofit organization serving the Garden Isle since 1921 with programs that directly benefit women, girls and their families. Its mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and to promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people.

$335,600 – Hookupaa, Oahu

Operating grant for 100 percent of initial start-up and operating costs for first year of operation, paying for personnel costs for the executive director, equipment purchases, lease/rental of office space, lease/rental of office equipment, travel/lodging expenses, supplies, fee-for-administrative service contracts, training and technical assistance consultant contracts, internet webinar services and other miscellaneous operating expenses. Incorporated on Jan. 22, 2013, Hookupaa is a nonprofit organization that intends to provide training and technical assistance to nonprofit and community organizations to prepare and increase their solicitation requests to secure grant funding necessary to accomplish larger projects, including capital improvement construction projects.

$170,000 – Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council (HCEOC), Hawaii Island

Capital improvement grant for three vehicles for HCEOC’s transportation program and equipment to help maintain its fleet at lower costs by being able to perform some maintenance work in-house. HCEOC is a private, nonprofit organization established in 1965 under provisions of the federal Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Its purpose is to prevent, alleviate, and eliminate poverty in Hawaii County by mobilizing and channeling private and public resources into anti-poverty actions, to stimulate new and effective approaches to the solution of problems, to strengthen communication, mutual understanding, planning, coordination and implementation of anti-poverty programs in the community, and to educate children and youth to become responsible, contributing adults in society.

$50,000 – Gregory House Programs (GHP), Oahu

Operating grant to partially fund five positions and operating costs to support GHP to be in compliance with federal, state, and city and county requirements. Incorporated in July 1988, GHP is a nonprofit organization that provides affordable housing assistance and supportive services to persons with human immunodeficiency virus infection/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS). Its primary objective is to prevent or end homelessness for persons and families impacted by HIV/AIDS by providing transitional housing, statewide rental subsidies, and emergency grants and temporary shelter.

$38,000 – Ku Aloha Ola Mau, statewide

Operating grant to cover residual shortfalls in dosing and medical monitoring expenses. Ku Aloha Ola Mau has been providing comprehensive treatment programs for substance and alcohol abuse since 1976, offering mental health consultation, social work, primary care, pharmacotherapy, medication management, case management, counseling and outreach services. While the agency provides drug treatment for cocaine, methamphetamine, prescription drugs, alcohol and marijuana abuse, its primary mission is to offer comprehensive methadone treatment for opiate addiction.

$25,000 – Poi Dogs and Popoki, Oahu

Capital improvement grant to renovate one of two structures at a former chicken farm to provide a covered area that allows cats to seek shelter from the elements. Poi Dogs and Popoki has purchased two-and-a-half acres of land in Nanakuli to establish a free roaming cat sanctuary for unadoptable and feral cats called “Popoki Place.” Poi Dogs and Popoki is a private nonprofit agency organized in 2009 to improve the quality of life of pets and their people.

$10,000 – Hui o Laka, Kauai

Operating grant for the development and installation of exhibits at Kokee Natural History Museum highlighting the historic 1935 Civilian Conservation Corps Camp and its award-winning volunteer programs within the Kokee State Park. Incorporated as a nonprofit organization, Hui o Laka has operated the Kokee Natural History Museum since 1953 as the primary visitor center for Waimea Canyon and Kokee State Parks. It also sponsors interpretive programs for visitors and residents, including two annual festivals and a volunteer park stewardship program, Kokua Kokee.

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