Kaunakakai is one of eight small towns in Maui County eligible to receive a portion of the $243,000 Small Town Grants Program.
In past years, the County of Maui has granted nearly a quarter million dollars to the Wailuku Main Street Association. The WMSA can no longer receive these grants, according to a report in the Maui Time Weekly. Apparently, an ongoing state Attorney General’s office investigation needs to determine what the group did with previous county grant money.
The first round grant winners have already been announced. Makawao received an estimated $22,000 for town improvements; Lahaina Second Fridays received about $5,000; and Kou Land Use Plan and Design received an estimated $22,000.
“Maui County is dedicated to preserving our island’s heritage, one small town at a time,” said Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa. “These are good projects for our communities and I am sure there will be more to come in the future.”
This is the first year for The Department of Planning’s “Small Town Planning” grants program. The goal of the program is to provide planning and development to support Maui County’s small towns.
While applications will be accepted anytime during Fiscal Year 2013, the second round grant applications are due tomorrow. Besides Kaunakakai, the other towns eligible for the second round are Haiku, Hana, Keokea-Waiakoa, Lanai City, Paia, Waikapu and Wailuku.
Proposals will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Therefore, the county recommends submitting complete proposals as soon as possible in according with the request for proposals.
The request for proposals and application form are available at the Maui County Planning Department website. For more information, call 270-7735.