In brief: October 4, 2021

Credit union awards grants to teachers

Hawaii State Federal Credit Union has awarded more than $32,000 in grants to Hawaii public school teachers through its 2021 Investing in Education grant program. A total of 70 grants were distributed to public school teachers on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island to help purchase classroom supplies and enhance student curriculums.

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“Hawaii State FCU supports local teachers through our Investing in Education grant program by providing them the means to purchase much needed school supplies, from books and art supplies to digital cameras or projectors,” said Andrew Rosen, president and CEO of Hawaii State FCU. “We’re proud to continue our support for these selfless teachers while enhancing the classroom experience for Hawaii’s keiki.”

Applicants were asked to submit an essay stating the needs of their classrooms and how the funds will improve student learning. This year, requests were made for organizational supplies such as bins, shelves, etc. and art supplies including modeling clay, whiteboards, easels and markers. Other requests were made for books to diversify student libraries, electronics such as digital cameras and projectors, and outdoor education supplies, including seeds, soil, butterfly tents, and planters.

Grants were distributed statewide, with about 31% going to Leeward Oahu-area teachers, 21% to Central Oahu-area teachers, and nearly 13% going to Neighbor Island teachers located on Maui and Hawaii Island.

Hawaii State FCU’s Investing in Education grant program has been funding Hawaii’s classrooms since 2009 and has dispersed more than 750 grants with a total value of more than $350,000. Additionally, Hawaii State FCU’s Scholarship Program has awarded more than $900,000 over the past 25 years to help students attend universities, colleges and trade schools in Hawaii and on the mainland.

EmPOWER Grant Program application deadline extended

Hawaii Energy has extended the application deadline for its EmPOWER Grant program to Oct. 29. The program is designed for nonprofits and small businesses that are pursuing energy efficiency projects at their facilities to cut back on energy use, increase resiliency, and ultimately, reduce their operating costs.

To be eligible for the EmPOWER Grant, applicants must be a commercial rate schedule account holder of an electric utility on the island of Hawaii, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, or Oahu where the electricity-saving energy efficiency measure is being installed. They must also be one of the following: a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization; small businesses with electric rate Schedule “G;” Small business of less than 5,000 square feet; or restaurant.

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Organizations may apply for up to two grants per facility, of up to $5,000 each, which may cover 100% of eligible energy efficiency projects.

Application documents, and a full list of eligible equipment are available at HawaiiEnergy.com/for-business/empower-grant.

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