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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                         
August 29, 2007






            The City Department of Community Services is accepting grant applications from private and non-profit organizations to implement programs and projects that serve and benefit the Leeward Oahu communities of Kalaeloa, Kapolei, Honokai Hale/Nanakai Gardens, Ko Olina, Makakilo, Nanakuli, Maili, Waianae, Makaha, and Keaau.


            This will be the second consecutive year that the City is making funds available for these communities.


            Individual grants of more than $25,000, but less than $100,000, will be awarded for public service activities addressing homelessness, persons with addictions or other special health needs, seniors, low-income individuals or families, and individuals who are either unemployed or underemployed.  The grants also may be awarded for projects to renovate or rehabilitate public, community-based, and neighborhood-based facilities.


            Grant awards will be recommended by a Community Benefits Advisory Committee comprised of public members from the Leeward Coast community.


Mayor Mufi Hannemann said, “I’m pleased that we are able to once again provide funding to supplement our ongoing efforts to support our families in the Leeward Coast.  This punctuates how serious I am about the commitment I made two years ago to provide special benefits for the communities affected by the Waimanalo Gulch landfill.”


Community Services Director Debbie Kim Morikawa said, “We are very appreciative of the mayor’s support for this community.  These grants, which were proposed by him, allow the City to support the specific programs and services most needed and desired by the community, as identified by the community.”


In addition to these community grant funds, Mayor Hannemann released an additional $1.5 million recently authorized by the City Council for parks improvements in those target communities.  The park projects will be identified by the Community Benefits Advisory Committee and implemented by the Department of Parks and Recreation.


            Grant applications must be filed with the department no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 15, 2007.  Applications are available on-line through the City’s website at .  They also may be picked up at the following locations: Department of Community Services, Kapolei Hale, 1000 Uluohia Street, No. 204; or at Oahu Work Links–Waianae Office, Waianae Community Center, 85-670 Farrington Highway, No. 6.




Ernest Y. Martin, 592-2291


Wednesday, August 29, 2007

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