Last updated 12/17/2019

Office of Community Services (OCS) assists Hawaii’s low-income, immigrant and refugee populations to overcome and alleviate workforce barriers to economic self-sufficiency through an array of community-based programs and services. OCS primarily contracts and administers program services on behalf of the State and Federal governments. OCS allocated funds using a competitive purchase of services process unless the funding source authority direct the award to a specific organization(s). Below are a few of the programs that OCS administers:

Grants-in-Aid (GIA)

OCS is one of several state agencies that administers the state’s Grant-in-Aid program in accordance with Chapter 42F of the Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS). The Hawaii State Legislature awards grants funded by the State under Hawaii Revised Statutes, Chapter 42F. Chapter 42F Grants (frequently known as “Grants-in-Aid” or GIAs) are awarded for two types of requests:

  • Capital Improvement Projects (CIPs) to construct and/or repair buildings and other facilities.
  • Operating funds to support programs.

Click the link above for more information about GIAs.

Guidelines for current Grantees are located here:

Applications for new GIAs will be made available on the Hawaii State Legislature’s website: For more information, please contact the House Committee on Finance or Senate Committee on Ways and Means. The Office of Community Services does not handle the applications for new GIAs.

Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) was established by Congress in the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 as part of the War on Poverty. The purpose of the Economic Opportunity Act is to provide federal funding to local Community Action Agencies (CAAs) in order to deliver a range of services to assist low-income families and individuals. These programs aim to reduce poverty, revitalize low-income communities, and empower low-income families and individuals to become fully self-sufficient through community action.

Click the link above for more information about CSBG.

Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) 

The Office of Community Services (OCS) administers the  Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) which provides coupons to low-income seniors to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from farmers’ markets, roadside stands and community supported agriculture programs. 

Click the link above for more information about SFMNP.


Information on Hawaii Handbook for Immigrants is available: Click here