City now accepting Grants in Aid applications

The city announced Friday that qualified nonprofit organizations can now apply for grants available through the city’s Grants in Aid (GIA) program.

GIA proposals must be submitted by 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16. More than $6 million in GIA were awarded to nonprofits across Oahu last year.

The City Charter-mandated GIA fund administered by the Department of Community Services (DCS) was established by a voter initiative to serve economically and/or socially disadvantaged populations, or provide services for public benefit in the areas of arts, culture, economic development, or the environment.

Beginning this year, a minimum of 25 percent of grant funds must be awarded to arts and culture category programs. Also new for 2015, each organization may receive a maximum award of $125,000, down from $250,000 in prior years, in order to provide grants to more nonprofits.

Information for grant proposal requests is available online at the Department of Budget and Fiscal Services Office of the Division of Purchasing website. The documents are easiest to download with Internet Explorer and Safari. Should you require further assistance, please contact the Division of Purchasing Help Desk at 768-5535.

All agencies must submit their sealed proposals to the Division of Purchasing by 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, as evidenced by a date and time stamp from the Division of Purchasing. The Division of Purchasing is located at Honolulu Hale, 530 South King Street, Room 115, Honolulu, HI 96813.

DCS will host a workshop and two webinars to assist nonprofits in preparing their proposals.

The workshop will be held 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Mission Memorial Hearings Room, 550 South King Street. Call 768-5858 to register for the workshop.

Webinars will be held 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, and 1-3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26.  Please click here to register for the October 20 webinar, or click here for the October 26 webinar.

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