Last updated 08/15/19

Grants-in-Aid (GIA)

The Hawaii State Legislature designated DLIR-OCS (LBR 903) as the expending agency for sixty-three (63) Capital Improvement Project and nine (9) Operating GIAs during the 2019 legislative session. House Bill 809 was signed into law (Act 39) and posted to the Legislature’s website.  Click on the link for more information: https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=809&year=2019.

OCS administers the state’s Grant-in-Aid program in accordance with Chapter 42F of the Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS).  The first step in the process is ensuring your organization meets the standard for a grant award pursuant to HRS 42F-103.  Documentation evincing your eligibility will need to be submitted before a contract for the grant can be executed.  Please contact the Program Specialist assigned to your grant.  Click on the link for more information:  https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol01_Ch0001-0042F/HRS0042F/HRS_0042F-0103.htm.

Grantees received a Notice of Award letter from OCS.

Grant Assignment List for 2019

Grants-In-Aid

Operating GIA Guidelines

CIP GIA Guidelines


Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Federal Fiscal Year 2020 and 2021 State Plan

A combined purpose Legislative and Public Hearing on the CSBG State Plan will be held on Friday, July 26, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., at the Hawaii State Capitol Room 016.  The hearing will be jointly convened by the Senate Committee on Labor and the House Committee on Labor and Public Employment.  The plan outlines how OCS will meet the U.S. DHHS requirements for the CSBG program in FFY 20 and 21.  Click here for a copy of the proposed State Plan.


2019 Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) 

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

The 2019 SFMNP applications and coupons will be handled directly by each County’s local agency.  

Applications are now available on the websites of each County’s local  agency website.  To download an application, click the link below for the local agency in your County. 

Please return completed applications to the respective local agency in your County.  DO NOT send completed applications to the Office of Community Services. 

For more information or questions, please contact your respective local agency:

County Agency Phone Number
Hawaii Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council (HCEOC) (808) 961-2681
Oahu Hawaii Foodbank (808) 954-7889/(808) 836-3600
Kauai Hawaii Foodbank – Kauai (808) 482-2224
Maui Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO) (808) 249-2990



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 allocates funds using a competitive purchase of services process unless the funding source authority directs the award to a specific organization(s).

Information on Hawaii Handbook for Immigrants is available: Click here