Is your organization passionate about spreading the Aloha spirit? Does this same organization have an innovative idea about how Maui County can showcase our beloved Hawaiian traditions to locals and tourists alike? If so, you should consider applying for a Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) grant which could help turn that simple idea into Maui’s next extraordinary event.
Not sure where to start? HTA has joined forced with the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (OED) and the Hawaii Community Foundation to present a free workshop about the three Product Enrichment Programs (PEP) that they have available to the public. These three programs include the County Product Enrichment Program (CPEP), Living Hawaiian Culture Program (LHCP) and Natural Resources Community-Based Program (NRCBP). The workshop will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 6 from 2-4:30pm on the UH Maui College campus in the Kalama Building, Room 103. Attendance at the workshop is not required to apply for HTA grants.
Interested applicants will have until Sept. 19 to submit proposals for tourism programs in Maui County. Grant winners will be able to see their ideas come to life in 2015 under CPEP. HTA anticipates that these grants will expand and enrich Hawaii tourism product by introducing new experiences while concurrently improving community-based attractions that have already been established. Grant proposals should encompass programs that fall under one of the following categories: agriculture, culture, education, health and wellness, nature, sports or technology.
Some well-known CPEP programs that have been presented to the public this year include some of Maui’s favorite annual events such as the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival, the Maui Marathon, Lahaina Plantation Days, and much more. CPEP also sponsors ongoing activities such as Wailuku First Friday and Theater on the Isle.
For CPEP Request for Proposals forms and application packets, click here. This paperwork is also available at the OED office in Wailuku at One Main Plaza, Suite 305.
For more information on CPEP programs, contact HTA Programs Specialist Cheryl Sterling at 808-270-7997.
– Ashley Probst (@ashprobsticle)
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