Grants for Native Hawaiians

Why do Native Hawaiians need technology grants?

Native Hawaiians have unique needs based on significant cultural and geographic differences with the U.S. mainland. Hawaii has significant racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity, and those factors are interrelated with education or health outcomes. Hawaii is at higher risk than many other states for natural disasters from wildfires, volcanoes, and typhoons. Technological advances play a critical role in educational advancement, improvements in healthcare, and disaster prevention/intervention.

Organizations serving Native Hawaiians have secured technology grants for—

  • Communication links
  • Naval projects, including navigation and intelligence systems
  • Alternative and renewable energy resources
  • Health care reform mandates, including electronic medical records
  • Law enforcement technologies
  • Distance learning programs
  • Science and technology labs
  • Mobile learning labs
  • Mobile health and dental care
  • Network engineering and technical support
  • Technical infrastructure in health care
  • Telemedicine initiatives
  • Advanced teacher professional development programs
  • Planning and infrastructure projects

What types of grants are available?

There are 26 federal grant-making agencies and more than 900 federal programs accessible through Nearly all federal agencies allow grant applicants to request funds to purchase technology and equipment if the overall request (i.e. your solution) is compelling, evidence-based, and integrates technology into your broader work. Technology is only a means to an end in grants. Make sure technology fits soundly within your overall program design and is measured effectively in your evaluation plan.

While organizations serving Native Hawaiians are eligible to apply under all federal grant-making agencies, there are some funding opportunities specific to Native Hawaiians. For instance, the Institute of Museum and Library Services offers an annual Native Hawaiian Library Services grant to enhance existing library services or implement new services such as:

  1. Establishing or enhancing electronic and other linkages and improved coordination among and between libraries and entities for the purpose of improving the quality of and access to library and information services
  2. Targeting library services to individuals of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, to individuals with disabilities, and to individuals with limited functional literacy or information skills
  3. Targeting library and information services to persons having difficulty using a library and to underserved urban and rural communities, including children (from birth through age 17) from families with incomes below the poverty line
  4. Developing library services that provide all users access to information through local, state, regional, national, and international collaborations and networks

Other training, professional education, and collaboration projects are considered for funding.

Think about where you can include technology in any of these funder priorities. In the most recent cycle, the federal government made $552,000 available through one or two grant awards.

Who is eligible for technology grants?

Technology grants for Native Hawaiians are available to:

  • State Government
  • Local Governments
  • City or Township Governments
  • Special District Governments
  • Independent School Districts
  • Public and State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
  • Private Institutions of Higher Education
  • Public Housing Authorities
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Collaborations between any of the above

What do people say about our recommended Grant Writers?

I met Beverly Santicola about a year ago when the County of Kauai hosted a two day Grant Management workshop. This training event was one of the best I have ever attended and Beverly has a genuine passion for rural people and Native Hawaiians. Shortly following that workshop she agreed to come back to Kauai at her own expense to conduct a two day grant writing workshop at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens and a one day workshop to teach Hawaiian youth how to write grants. Beverly is an extraordinary woman and I am happy to call her my friend, my colleague and most recently, a co-founder of my nonprofit organization called Pe’Ahi Education Group.

— Mahealani Yamashita, CEO, Pe’Ahi Education Group
Kauai, Hawaii

When should we apply for technology grants?

Now! There are hundreds of millions of dollars available in grants to support your Native Hawaiian technology projects. Check out the USGG Technology Grants Page to find grant opportunities that fit your needs.

How can I learn more about technology grants for Native Hawaiians? Join the USGG Technology Community today!

Beverly Santicola specializes in grant writing training for beginners and seasoned professionals. Her company US Government Grants has won over $27 million for its clients, and partners with a team of grant writing professionals that have won $250 million in grants.


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