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Funding Opportunity for members of the Kūpuna Collective

HIPHI releases Request for Proposals for projects strengthening community-based food systems to support aging in place among Oʻahu kūpuna disproportionately affected by COVID-19

Honolulu – As part of an agreement with the City & County of Honolulu, HIPHI seeks to subcontract with community organizations who are members of the Kūpuna Collective* to increase access to healthy, nutritious food/meals tied to wraparound health and social support, while strengthening community-based food systems and increasing the community’s capacity to better prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergency situations.


Goals of the project are to:

  1. Dually support kūpuna food security and local agriculture by distributing food/meals in culturally appropriate ways. 
  2. In partnership with Community Health Workers:
    1. Improve awareness of, access to, and enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and/or other sustainable food security programs; and
    2. Link food distribution efforts with wraparound health and social services to ensure kūpuna have the resources needed to live healthy, supported lifestyles.


501(c)(3) nonprofits, private businesses, corporations (LLCs), faith-based and volunteer organizations, and fiscal sponsors serving Oʻahu kūpuna (62 years and older) are eligible to apply. Applicants are also encouraged to propose innovative projects that build off the best practices and recommendations of the Kūpuna Food Security Coalition (“KFSC”) as documented in the KFSC After Action Report. Grant funds will support activities implemented through May 31, 2023. 

HIPHI seeks to award up to four grantees to distribute a total of $897,380.52 to serve approximately 5,500 kūpuna in all. Proposals are due on April 4, 2022 at 5:00pm HST.

This grant was made possible by the Community Development Block Grant-Coronavirus (“CDBG-CV”) program administered by the City & County of Honolulu. For more information, visit or email


*The Kūpuna Collective brings together a collaborative network of partners who elevate critical issues, mobilize community assets, and drive innovative solutions that support and empower kūpuna. In addition to the KFSC, the Collective also includes Age-Friendly Honolulu, the Kūpuna Vaccination Outreach Group, and the emerging Kūpuna Digital Inclusion Group. The Collective is coordinated jointly by HIPHI and the University of Hawaiʻi Center on Aging.


Lindsey Ilagan, MS

Lindsey Ilagan, MS

Program Manager: Kūpuna Initiatives
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