Grants of up to $25,000 to Hawaii nonprofit organizations and government agencies to benefit underserved children and youth in the state. Applicants must request access to the application system in advance of applying. Funding is intended for programs in the areas of mental health support, expanded access to activities, relationship skills, and mentorship.
The focus of this program is to build resilience for Hawai‘i’s youth. Proposals should align with one or more of the following priority areas to engage youth at risk for ACEs ages 6 – 20:
Connect youth to caring adults and activities – Provide mentorship opportunities during expanded learning sessions (after school, intersession, and summertime). Provide a safe place where youth can positively interact with other youth and adults to build confidence and practice leadership skills. Preferred mentorship target population is youth in middle school, grades 6-8.
Teach healthy relationship skills – Teach social emotional learning skills including how to handle conflict(s), negative feelings, and pressure from peers. Teach skills for developing healthy, non-violent dating and peer relationships.
Provide mental health support – Including innovative engagement of health professionals including, but not limited to, hiring mental health staff to support programs.
Expand access to programs for youth in communities with limited activities available.
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
Additional Eligibility Criteria
Hawai‘i nonprofit organizations that are 501(c)(3) IRS tax-exempt organizations, programs with a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status, or units of government are eligible to apply. Organizations currently funded by HCF with overdue final reports are not eligible to apply.
Projects not likely to be funded:
- Major capital projects
- Funds for an endowment or for the benefit of specific individuals
Online Application Deadline: Friday, May 27, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. HST
New users must register for an account, below. Please give yourself adequate time before the submission deadline to access the system and familiarize yourself with the application process and requirements.
Additional Funding Information
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Estimated Size of Grant
Grants will be for up to $25,000.
Term of Contract
Grants are for a two-year period starting July 2022.