‘Eleu Grants for Disaster Relief and Recovery

Hawai’I Island United Way is announcing the ʻEleu Grant program, to quickly get grants of up to $2,500 to the front lines in our community with a one-page application and one-page report.

ʻEleu Grants are funded by the new Hawaiʻi Island Recovery Fund. This fund, seeded by contributions from Hawaiʻi Island United Way and Hawaiian Electric, will be used to fund community response efforts to this and future disasters here on Hawaiʻi Island.

We are now accepting applications for the ‘Eleu Grant to support our Big Island communities through COVID-19. Interested organizations and efforts can submit signed applications to cpo@hiuw.org, and they will be considered by our Community Building Committee which will be meeting weekly.

Apply below and see application for eligibility requirements.

Mahalo for your work to keep our Hawaiʻi Island a community united.

A:  Non-profit agencies who have programs providing assistance with:

  • Food Security
  • Mortgage/Rent/Utility Expenses
  • Household supplies
  • Emergency supplies
  • Health/medical bills
  • Child Care
  • Disaster relief

Individuals in-need will go directly to the funded non-profit agencies to apply for assistance.

A:  Non-profit agencies will apply and those agencies who are funded will be in charge of disbursing funds or services to those individuals who need it based on their existing criteria. 

A: 2-1-1 is Aloha United Way’s free and confidential statewide helpline connecting individuals and families with resources and information. 211 is Hawaii’s only statewide hotline partnering with the Department of Health Resource hotline and they are your go-to for all questions regarding COVID-19. Simply dial 2-1-1 from any phone to be connected.


Mahalo to our Corporate Donors!

  • Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation (HEICF)
  • Hawaiʻi AES Distributed Energy

‘Eleu Grant Recipients

Hawai’i Island United Way is dedicated to uniting people, organizations, and resources to improve the education, financial stability, and health of our island’s communities. In response to COVID-19, we are continuing to support front-line community response efforts through the ‘Eleu Grants Program. We will continue to partner and award ‘Eleu grants to address the most urgent needs in our community.


Organization Initiative
 Arc of Kona Inclusion and Community Education
Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island Community Meal Support Initiative
Child and Family Service Child & Family Service – Hawaii Island COVID-19 Response Efforts
Full Life Emergency Preparedness Kits and Remote Support
Hawai’i Rise Foundation Kupuna Care Packs
Hawai’i County Economic Opportunity Council Low-Income Senior Meal Program
La’i’ōpua 2020 L2020 Hanai Ai Community Meal Program
Big Island Substance Abuse Council Project BISAC – First Responders
Hawaii Island Home for Recovery, Inc. HIHR Supplement all additional needs generated by the Coronavirus Emergency
Homeless Task Force Crisis Outreach and Engagement
Hui Mālama I Ke Ala ʻŪlili (huiMAU) Pa’auilo ‘Ohana Meal Program
Hamakua Youth Foundation Supporting Hamakua Youth
Island of Hawaii YMCA First Responder Child Care
St. James’ Episcopal Church Waimea Community Meal
Vibrant Hawai’i Cloth Masks
Ka’u Rural Health Community Association Ka’u Community Health Workers COVID-19 Outreach
YWCA of Hawaii is Developmental Preschool YWCA Preschool Distance Learning
Pa’a Pono Miloli’i Inc Emergency Supplies for Miloli’i
Paauilo Mauka Kalopa Community Association(PMKCA) Big Island Coronavirus Mask Project
Bridge House, Inc. Sober Living Program
Kanaka ‘O Puna Ho’okanaka
American National Red Cross Disaster Response & Preparedness
Hospice of Kona Nakamaru Hale Hospice Home
Cooper Center Council Volcano Friends Feeding Friends
`O Maku`u Ke Kahua Community Center ‘Ohana Packs Program
Hawai’i Diaper Bank program Cover Every Keiki
Mental Health Kokua Kokua for COVID
Brantley Center Distance Learning
Kuʻikahi Mediation Center Rapid Response Landlord Tenant Mediation Program
West Hawaiʻi Mediation Center Rapid Response Landlord Tenant Mediation Program