Oahu Non-Profit Organizations Implementing Health-Related Projects Encouraged to Apply by December 15

HONOLULU – The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, as trustee of the Public Health Fund (PHF), is currently seeking grant applications for funding of health-related initiatives on Oahu.

Through the PHF, the Chamber provides grants to non-profit organizations that are implementing meaningful public health education and research projects, with a preference for projects that require collaborative effort and for which funds are not available from other sources.

“For nearly 100 years, the Public Health Fund has allowed the Chamber to make a direct impact on some of Hawaii’s most pressing healthcare challenges,” Sherry Menor-McNamara, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii President & CEO said. “We look forward to continuing this work in 2020 and encourage all eligible Oahu organizations to apply for funding.”  

Organizations must apply for funding by December 15. Interested applicants can download an application at https://www.cochawaii.org/public-health-fund/ or email phf@cochawaii.org.

In 2019, the Public Health Fund provided $114,000 in funding for the following programs:

  • Hawaii Food Bank – Disaster Relief – $11,100
  • Hawaii Public Health Institute – The Hawaii Community Health Worker Project – $7,000
  • Hospice Hawaii – Moving Hospice Hawaii Care Forward Using Advanced Technologies – $15,200
  • Institute for Human Services—Children’s Enrichment Program – $57,000
  • UH College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources – Creating a Food Security Infrastructure at UH Manoa to Strengthen Tomorrow’s Workforce – $12,600
  • Waimanalo Health Center (WHC) – Cooking Matters – $11,100

The PHF was originally created through voluntary assessments in response to the epidemic of bubonic plaque that closed Honolulu Harbor and quarantined part of Honolulu in 1899. The Chamber was, subsequently, appointed trustee of the fund in 1923 and directed to limit grants to public health activities within the City and County of Honolulu to support health-related programs, projects and services. Assessments were discontinued in 1950 and, since then, grant awards are made through the interest and dividends received from investment of principal.