ONLINE APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN!

In August 2023, the Maui community faced a devastating wildfire that left its mark on the island's food systems. In the wake of this tragedy, the Molokai community swiftly responded with compassion and unity. Our families rallied together, loading boats with supplies and heading to Maui to support our brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, and cousins. Others in the Molokai community volunteered their time and efforts by going to Maui to provide aid and relief to a strained support system. Recognizing the need for ongoing assistance, Sustʻāinable Molokai initiated its own efforts to aid these affected farmers and producers.

The Sustʻāinable Molokai Mobile Market became a lifeline, connecting these affected Maui farmers with our Molokai community. We purchased local Maui produce and products, fortifying resilience, promoting food sovereignty, and supporting these farmers in their journey to recovery. As media attention diminishes, our commitment remains steadfast. Today, we extend this commitment through the
Maui Mahiʻai Disaster Relief Grant Program. The agricultural systems on Maui are still recovering from both direct and indirect impacts from the 2023 fires. The Maui Mahiʻai Disaster Relief Grant Program is designed to provide both educational opportunities to Maui producers aiming to increase natural disaster resiliency and protect Maui’s food source and the markets that distribute fresh produce. View list of other program awardees here.

About the Program:

The Maui Mahiʻai Disaster Relief Grant Program offers up to $22,500 in grant funds for 10 small farmers and ranchers on the island of Maui who have been affected by August 2023 Maui wildfires. These grants are designed to provide emergency disaster funding and education and may be used to directly increase agricultural resilience against natural disasters and to assist in recovering market losses.

Applications will be available March 18, 2024 (Monday) and the deadline to submit applications is April 15, 2024 (Monday).

Quick Links:

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For more info, please contact Niles James, Sustʻāinable Molokai Food Hub Manager
Niles@sustainablemolokai.org
Ph: (808) 292-5142

Grant Project Guidelines:

Maui Mahiʻai Disaster Relief Grants are designed to provide emergency disaster funding and education for Maui farmers and ranchers affected by the 2023 wildfires. Grants may be used to directly increase agricultural resilience against natural disasters and to assist in recovering market losses. 

Awardees are required to have an initial on-site assessment with Sustʻāinable Molokai staff. For more significant impact, awardees will have continued support through consultation (onsite and online) with applicable education or technical assistance, resources for equipment (such as proper greenhouse insect netting vs. greenhouse plastic film), materials, and other resources needed, along with the supplies. Awardees will be required to submit a vendor supply list.

Final Report

A final report is required within 60 days after the completion of the grant project. Final reports summarize the project’s activities and evaluate the project’s ability to meet the desired objectives and outcomes. Photos will be required as part of the final report. 

Eligibility:

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Funders:

2024 Maui Mahiʻai Disaster Relief Grant Program is funded by USDA NIFA and the Rapid Response to Extreme Weather Events Across Food and Agriculture Systems program.

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