The Grants Office (KCC-GO) is pleased to confirm that Kapi‘olani Community College successfully applied for re-designation as an eligible institution for federal funding through the Titles III, V, and VII programs of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Kapi‘olani is required to re-apply for designation every year to remain eligible for federal grant funding to support self-sufficiency through academic programs, institutional management, and fiscal stability.
Special thanks to everyone who contributed to the Title III eligibility application: Chancellor Louise Pagotto, Kapulani Landgraf, Kelli Goya, Bob Franco, Shaun Kiyabu, Kara Plamann Wagoner, Brandon Chun, Michaelyn Nakoa, LaVache Scanlan, Denise Pierson, Naomi Chow (ORS), and Judy Oliveira (OVPCC).
Benefits of Title III Eligibility Status
Kapi‘olani’s current status as a Title III eligible institution has tangible benefits through two new federal grant projects and federal emergency relief funding. Last year, was successful in applying for two federal grants through the Title III Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions Programs. In 2020 and 2021, Kapi‘olani received additional emergency relief funds through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund for its designation as a Minority Serving Institution. Kapi‘olani’s allocation was increased through its dual designations for serving ANNH (Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian) and AANAPISI (Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions). Re-designation in the 2022-2023 cycle will enable Kapi‘olani to seek additional funding to serve underrepresented minority students.
Impact of Title III Funding to Kapi‘olani
Kapi‘olani receives Title III funds to support renovations and programs to fulfill its mission as an indigenous and Native Hawaiian serving institution. A comprehensive list of current and previous Title III-funded projects is posted to the Title III website as a historical record of the federal investment into Kapi‘olani as a minority serving institution. The KCC-GO team also reported on the ten-year impact of federal investment to the UH Community Colleges System and its seven campuses through Title III, TRIO, and other programs serving minority students. (Link to 2010-2020 Extramural Fundraising Report)
Next Steps: Contact Information for Grant Applicants
Please stay tuned for more discretionary grant opportunities this year. Kapi‘olani had another record setting year with 41 proposals submitted requesting an additional $21 million for campus programs in FY 2021. With Title III funding, Kapi‘olani established its Grants Office and has recruited a team of grant specialists to support faculty, administrators, and staff in seeking extramural funding.
Note: Kapi‘olani employees seeking federal grants may contact the KCC-GO team at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a Title III designation letter for opportunities that require ANNH and/or AANAPISI designation.
Please contact the Kapi‘olani Grants Office to request a copy of the eligibility letter by e-mailing email@example.com.