2nd round of grants available to help flood victims

  • Jessica Else / The Garden Island file photo

    Megan Fox is executive director of Malama Kauai.

Malama Kauai announced the availability of a second round of Housing Loss Mini-Grants for Kauai residents who experienced housing destruction or loss due to the April or August flooding events.

Applications are being accepted through Sept. 21.

The mini-grants are available to owner-occupants and renters whose homes became uninhabitable or unsafe at any time due to the floods. Some $200,000 is available. Funds were received from individuals, businesses and foundation donors.

This second round of mini-grants follows a first round of $108,000 distributed to 102 residents through the program in June, and a farmer mini-grant program that distributed $136,000 to 53 farms across the island.

“The generosity we’ve seen from people all over the world who want to help Kauai in its recovery is overwhelming, and the support is still coming in,” said Megan Fox, Malama Kauai executive director. “It’s our kuleana to get these funds directly into the hands of those most impacted as quickly as possible, and we are truly honored and humbled by the trust donors have placed in our organization and community volunteers to do that equitably.”

Grants and award amounts are determined by a selection committee made up of volunteers from each area of the island involved in flood response and relief efforts.

“Please reach out to your neighbors who were impacted and encourage them to apply — it takes all of us to malama each other, and every little bit helps,” Fox said.

“We’ve seen that those impacted most heavily are so busy cleaning and repairing their homes that they can be difficult to outreach to, and we want to ensure no one gets left behind.”

To apply, go to malamakauai.org.

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