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Biennium Grants

Grants to Hawaii Nonprofit Organizations for
Programs Related to Arts, Culture, and Heritage

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Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

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Deadline Date:

05/28/19 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 to Hawaii nonprofit organizations for programs that promote, enhance, and preserve arts and culture in the state. Applicants must create an account and submit legal documentation prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for activities that focus on arts, culture, and heritage. Projects must take place in the State of Hawaii.

For the current funding cycle, eligible programs should be in the following categories:
- Heritage/Preservation (culture)
- Community Arts (engagement)
- Arts Education (education)
- Presentation/Performing Arts (the artists).

Purpose of Grants:
- Heritage and Preservation: Heritage and Preservation projects are well grounded in the history of Hawaii and the living cultures in Hawaii, and uphold high standards of quality and authenticity.
- Community Arts: Community Arts projects will encourage public awareness, access, appreciation, learning and participation in a wide variety of culture and arts activities within a particular geographic region or among a targeted population.
- Arts Education: Arts Education projects will provide educational opportunities in any arts discipline for arts in the school environment, out-of-school learning (OST) or adult life-long learning and professional development.
- Presenting and Performing Arts: Projects support programs or activities that will provide support to organizations that present artists in performance, exhibition, and/or in residency settings, including Literary Arts, Visual Arts, and Performing Arts (Dance, Dance-Drama, Music, and Drama/Theater including puppetry, storytelling, mime).

For project requirements and examples, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 146049

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Based on recent funding patterns, between 50 and 70 applications received grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests must be in the range of minimum of $5,000 to maximum of $15,000 per application. The average grant has been approximately $7,000.

Term of Contract:

- The Biennium Grants are awarded for a two-year period. Project implementation period is the State of Hawaii fiscal biennium: July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021 (two fiscal years).
- The Year One project is fiscal year July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020
- The Year Two project is fiscal year July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants are subject to meeting Chapter 9 eligibility requirements and policies established by the SFCA:
- Non-profit Organization, 501(c)3 exempt from federal income tax by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
- Applicant must have at least one year of experience with project to request grant support.
- Only one application per applicant grant cycle.
- Project must take place in the State of Hawaii.

Items NOT Funded:
- Building, renovation, maintenance of facilities, or other capital expenditures
- Activities that are not completed within the project period
- Fellowships, scholarships, theses, or dissertations
- Fund raising
- Grant management fees or indirect cost rates
- Commissioning visual artists to execute professional works of art
- Costs for food and/or refreshments
- Perquisites
- Equipment purchases and/or long-term rentals for more than one year of any two year biennium
- Foreign travel
- Subgrants or regrants
- Interest payments, insurance, or similar finance costs
- Utilities costs (water, electricity, or telephone)
- Un-itemized miscellaneous
- Accounting costs, including audits
- Maintenance costs of any kind
- Technology-related expenses, including but not limited to computer hardware or software, Internet, website, or E-mail, or contracted assistance to design or maintain such services

Pre-Application Information:

All non-profit organizations must create an account and submit legal eligibility documentation for review by May 1, 2019. If this is not done, the organization will not be able to apply.

The deadline is Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 5:00 PM. Application must be entirely completed and submitted via the GO Smart online application system. No applications will be accepted by email or hard copy.

- April 9, 2019 – GO Smart online application opens
- May 28, 2019 – GO Smart online application DEADLINE
- June 2019 – Panel meetings for review of applications for funding recommendations
- July 2019 – Board of Commissioners approve funding pending availability of funds
- July 2019 – Notification of funding
- October 2019 – Contracting
- July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 – Year One project implementation period
- July 31, 2020 – Year One final report DUE
- July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021 – Year Two project implementation period
- July 31, 2021 – Year Two final report DUE

The same project type application may be submitted for each year. For example – “Art Weekend 2020” in Year One and “Art Weekend 2021” in Year Two. A different project type application may be submitted for each year to the same grant category. For example, to the Presenting & Performing Arts grant category – “Performing Arts Series 2020” in Year One and “Exhibition Series 2021” in Year Two. A different project type application may be submitted for each year to a different grant category. For example – “Kupuna Outreach Maui 2020” in Year One in the Community Arts category and “Ukulele Statewide Concert Series 2021” in Year Two in the Presenting & Performing Arts category.

Grant request must be matched one-to-one with non-HSFCA cash or in-kind:
- Grant request may be matched with an equivalent non-SFCA cash amount or cash plus in-kind amount.
- The cash match may be other state funds, as long as it is not from HSFCA.
- The one-to-one match may be partly in-kind, not to exceed 40% of the match. The in-kind may include volunteer time.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
250 South Hotel Street, 2nd Floor
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96813
(808) 586-0309

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