PUUNENE - Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company (HC&S) recently launched the HC&S Community Initiative, a $100,000 fund to support Maui-based projects and programs that will enhance the quality of life on the island.
Grant applications and information are available on the HC&S website at www.hcsugar.com. All applications must be submitted by May 31, 2014.
"At HC&S, we take pride in being part of this community and are inspired by Maui's people and culture," said Rick Volner, HC&S general manager.
"The HC&S Community Initiative was created to provide opportunities for residents to seek grants, large or small, from HC&S to support creative projects and innovative ideas to build a better Maui. This $100,000 fund is intended to support community initiatives that reflect our core values, which include preserving Maui's unique culture, supporting thoughtful growth and sustainability on the island, and ensuring educational and training programs are available to nurture our future generations."
The initiative will be managed by an advisory committee of Maui residents with diverse backgrounds. The Community Initiative Committee will convene in June to review applications and award grants in these core areas of focus: overall community benefit; natural resource stewardship and sustainability; and education.
Applications from any of the following types of organizations will be considered: federally recognized charities with IRS Section 501(c)(3) status, other registered nonprofit organizations, or community-based projects or groups.
All projects or activities funded must be for the benefit of Maui. Organizations should have a minimum of three years of experience in their field.
"It is important that Maui residents are deciding how the Community Initiative funds will be used," Volner continued. "We believe that they have the best perspective on what is important to Maui and what will make a difference."
From July 2012 through December 2013, HC&S and parent company Alexander & Baldwin awarded over $465,000 to Maui non-profits.
For more information, visit www.hcsugar.com.