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Public Health Fund Committee

Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
733 Bishop Street, Suite 1200
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Attn: Licia Hill

About the Public Health Fund

$3.5 Million

Grants to Non-Profits Since 1985

Twice a year, the Chamber, as trustee of the Public Health Fund (PHF), makes grants to a variety of Oahu non-profits to support health-related programs, projects and services.

Grants are made for projects involving public health education and research for which funds are not available from other sources. Preference is given to projects that are collaborative. Applicants must be non-profit organizations operating on Oahu in public health-related activities.

For questions or more information call (808) 545-4300 or email:

View Public Health Fund Grant Recipients


In 1899, an epidemic of bubonic plague closed Honolulu Harbor and quarantined part of Honolulu. In an effort to exterminate rats from the wharves and prevent future epidemics, a committee of shipping company representatives and importers assessed themselves ten cents per ton of imports for rat control.

Fifteen years later the Public Health Committee of the Chamber of Commerce of Honolulu* accepted responsibility for collecting the voluntary assessments and disbursing funds for public health programs.

In 1923, the Chamber was appointed trustee of the Public Health Fund and directed to limit grants to public health activities within the City and County of Honolulu. Assessments were discontinued in 1950. Since then, grant awards are made through the interest and dividends received from investment of principal.

*The Chamber of Commerce of Honolulu merged with the Hawaii State Chamber of Commerce on January 1, 1967 and became the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii.

Public Health Fund in Action

The Public Health Fund is responding to COVID-19 by providing the grants to the following organizations to support relief efforts:

  • Mental Health America Hawaii – $50,000 to expand its Mental Health Resilience & Wellness Training Program
  • Hawaii Food Bank – $30,000 to supplement emergency relief programs
  • YMCA – $15,000 to provide childcare subsidies to essential workers
  • Hawaii Meals on Wheels – $12,000 to support emergency relief programs
  • Boys & Girls Club – $3,000 to provide technical equipment to connect with members

The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, through its Public Health Fund, presented a $50,000 grant to Mental Health America Hawaii to expand its Mental Health Resilience & Wellness Training Program.⁠

Pictured here, left to right: From the Chamber of Commerce Hawai`i, Sherry Menor-McNamara, President & CEO, and Licia Hill, VP, Operations & Programs. Joining them are Mental Health America of Hawai`i’s Bryan Talisayan, Executive Director, and Mestisa Gass, Program Director.