The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA) is encouraging the community to submit applications for funding support through its upcoming programmes: Kahu ‘Āina, Kūkulu Ola, the Resort Area Hawaiian Culture Initiative, Community Enrichment, and Signature Events.
HTA, in partnership with Kilohana, unveiled a digital portal, ‘Umeke, Powered by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, for the community to submit all applications online.
HTA will provide funding support to nonprofit organisations, community groups, practitioners, projects, and events occurring in Hawai‘i. Kilohana, HTA’s contractor which is responsible for developing and implementing destination stewardship initiatives statewide, is administering these programmes.
“An essential part of our kuleana at HTA is investing in our islands’ people, culture and places, guiding us collectively toward a more regenerative Hawai‘i for residents and visitors alike,” said Daniel Nāho‘opi‘i, HTA’s interim president and CEO. “The funding opportunities offered through these programmes leverage tourism’s economic benefits to support successful community initiatives.”
ʻUmeke is a gourd or bowl, like one may use to hold poi or water. In the context of these programmes, ‘Umeke (umeke.kilohana.com) is the repository for community funding support, as guided by HTA’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan and Destination Management Action Plans.
Applications for funding support are now open for the following HTA programmes on ‘Umeke:
Each of these programmes also work to strengthen kamaʻāina leadership capacity in Hawaiʻi’s communities and organisations.
HTA and Kilohana will be hosting two virtual webinars on Zoom to help interested applicants with their understanding of HTA’s strategic direction and vision, the RFP applications, and award process. Interested applicants will be able to submit questions in an interactive Q&A session during these briefings. A recording of both webinars will be posted online for those who are unable to attend.
The deadline for applicants to submit proposals is Monday, November 13, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. HST. To view the Requests for Proposals, visit the HTA website.
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