Three local groups win NEH grants
The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded $180,238 in grants to three local organizations:
- Lyman House Memorial Museum in Hilo. A $5,000 grant will be used to cover consultation costs related to the redesign of storage space for collections documenting the ethnographic, natural, social, cultural and religious history of Hawai'i.
- The Lahaina Restoration Foundation received $5,000 to cover consultation costs related to development of a storage facility for collections documenting the period of the Hawaiian monarchy, the missionary era and plantation life.
- A grant of $170,238 was awarded to the East-West Center for the educational program "Re-Imaging Indigenous Cultures: The Pacific Islands." The grant paid for a five-week institute for 25 university teachers on the portrayal of indigenous Pacific peoples in literature, art, film and how these peoples articulate their identities.
"The history of Hawai'i is a very unique one, and I am glad that the National Endowment for the Humanities has recognized these outstanding cultural preservation and educational programs by awarding these grants," said U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink.
National Endowment for the Humanities grants are competitive and involve a rigorous review and selection process to ensure that the best programs are cultivated.
Grants support animal care
The Hawaiian Humane Society has received several grants that will allow it to respond creatively to community animal-related issues from several organizations:
- The Sophie Russell Testamentary Trust has given $26,000 toward the microchip identification campaign.
- The Ellen M. Koenig Memorial Fund of the Hawai'i Community Foundation has granted $15,437 toward the cat adoption campaign.
- The Verizon Foundation has given $10,000 for a new shelter management computer system.
- The Atherton Family Foundation has granted $5,000 for spay/neuter surgeries.
Correction: The Verizon Foundation has given the Hawaiian Humane Society $10,000 for a new shelter management computer system. The amount was incorrect on a previous version of this story because of a clerks error.
Maui projects get federal aid
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has released Community Development Block Grant money to pay for Maui County's 2002 Action Plans.
HUD released $1.95 million in block grants for a variety of critical housing and community development projects, primarily to benefit low- and middle-income residents.
They include rehabilitation of a drug treatment facility, planning and design for a new youth center, construction of a homeless medical clinic, expansion of a senior center, and purchase of emergency off-road vehicles.
Allstate helping credit clinic
The Allstate Foundation has awarded $4,000 to Volunteer Legal Services Hawai'i.
The money will be used to support the group's Consumer Credit Clinics, which give people the tools to budget, live within their means and avoid financial troubles.
The clinics offer sessions on budgeting, establishing credit, recognizing scams and staying away from debt. They not only provide immediate direct assistance to low- and lower-middle-income individuals, but also help with long-term planning and goal-setting.
Allstate Corp. is the nation's largest publically held personal lines insurer.