Governor Ige announces $4M in innovation grants

HONOLULU — Gov. David Ige and the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Advisory Group announced that $4 million in innovation grants is available for public, private, charter schools, institutions of higher education and other educational entities (including museums and cultural centers).

The grants aim to fund innovative initiatives that address the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on students, families and educators across the state.

Initiatives may include creating digital equity, providing support for families and enhancing distance learning. The grants will also support continuing efforts to provide quality and impactful educational services, and to support the ongoing functioning of schools and campuses.

The federal government provided GEER funds to all 50 states, giving governors the opportunity to rethink their approaches to education during the pandemic, and to ensure the continuation of learning.

“I created the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Advisory Group to collaborate and design Hawai‘i’s approach to reinventing and transforming education during this challenging time,” said Ige. “We are looking to fund programs that inspire and promote innovation in education,” he said.

Of the $9 million in GEER funds awarded to the state through the CARES Act, the first $5 million was granted to the University of Hawai‘i to create the Distance Learning Teacher Academy (Hawai‘i Online Portal for Education).

The UH was awarded an additional $600,000 to develop the Transition to College Program (Next Steps to Your Future) for public high-school juniors and seniors whose college career plans were impacted by the pandemic in 2020-21.

To apply for the $4 million in innovation grants and for additional information, go to Ige’s website, and click on Education.

The deadline to apply is June 4 at 5 p.m.


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