Proposals for Phase 2 Maui Wildfire Disaster Relief grants will be accepted until 5 p.m. HST on September 29, 2023. Maui United Way’s Wildfire Disaster Relief grants support programs providing vital services to individuals and families impacted by the August 2023 wildfires in Lahaina and Kula.
Nonprofit grants will be awarded in the following four funding focus areas and must be used to support services provided between October 2023 and January 2024.
  • Keiki and Young Adults
  • Mental Health
  • Stable Housing
  • Job Training, Education & Employment Services
Maui Fire Disaster Relief grant awards will be capped at $10,000. Nonprofit organizations are limited to one grant application per phase. 
Nonprofit applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. HST on Friday, September 29, 2023. Notifications of grant awards will be made by mid-October 2023. The grant period will begin on October 20, 2023, and conclude on January 31, 2024. 
MUW is committed to ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our programs and services and seeks to fund programs that provide needed resources, opportunities, and support to the individuals and families most significantly impacted by the wildfires.
This grant application is open to all qualified 501(c)(3) organizations within the island of Maui that are directly assisting individuals and families impacted by the wildfires.

On August 18, Maui United Way launched a one-time $1,000 financial assistance payment program for adult fire survivors living in the impacted fire zones in Lahaina and Kula, limited to $5,000 per household.  More than 7,000 unique individual requests were made by the program’s completion.  It was made possible by the many generous donations from our local community members, mainland friends, and folks from around the world.  

  • Beyond this program, Maui United Way has approved 18 grants to nonprofit partners offering direct relief to impacted families including:
  • Locally grown food provided by Maui’s farmers
  • Transportation for those who have had their vehicles destroyed
  • Mortgage and insurance assistance
  • Help replacing identification lost in the fires
  • Crisis counseling
  • Childcare services and health care, including from Native Hawaiian practitioners

Maui United Way has other plans in the works for providing relief to fire-impacted families.  We know the road is a long one and we want to light the way as much as we can.  We know more is needed.

As we move beyond initial emergency response, MUW will engage with the community to ensure donations are distributed via a survivor-centered approach that creates a stronger, more resilient community for the future.  


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