> Gov. Neil Abercrombie has allocated a capital improvement grant of $1.5 million to the Hilo-based nonprofit Community Based Education Support Services-Friends of Connections. The grant is for the first-phase renovation of the 40,000-square-foot Kress building, which the nonprofit purchased in 2006 to house Connections Public Charter School. The Kualoa-Heeia Ecumenical Youth project, a Kaneohe-based nonprofit, also received a capital improvement grant of $300,000 to upgrade its Kahaluu Multi-Purpose Facility, which houses its educational and recreational opportunities program for neighboring families and children.
> Goodwill Industries of Hawaii has received a two-year, $300,000 grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to support the Career Pathways Program in order to provide career support and employment core services to Native Hawaiians on Hawaii island.
> The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii has raised more than $300,000 for local conservation from 61 businesses in fiscal year 2013. Businesses that gave $10,000 or more were Alaska Airlines, Alexander & Baldwin, ABC Stores, CDF Engineering LLC, Hawaiian Electric Co., Hawaiian Electric Industries, James Campbell Co., Macy's Foundation, Outrigger Enterprises Group, ProService Hawaii, Skyline Eco-Adventures LLC, The Howard Hughes Corp., and the Shidler Family Foundation.
> Walmart Foundation’s Hawaii State Giving Council has given a total of $126,000 in grants to three Hawaii nonprofits. Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice received $65,000 to support a pilot breakfast program for Hawaii’s at-risk elementary school students. Junior Achievement of Hawaii received $36,000 to help the nonprofit add more after-school financial literacy programs. Family Promise of Hawaii received a $25,000 grant, which will fund the nonprofit’s support services for homeless families and individuals at its centers in Kailua and Honolulu.