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Grants to Hawaii Nonprofit Organizations for Arts, Culture, and Heritage Programming

Biennium Grants

Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (HSFCA)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #146049

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $15,000 to Hawaii nonprofit organizations to provide arts and cultural programs throughout the state. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for activities and projects that perpetuate and preserve the culture and the arts in Hawaiʻi.

Program categories:

  • Heritage/Preservation (Culture)
  • Community Arts: Community Arts, Community Development, Arts and Healing (Engagement)
  • Arts Education (Education)
  • Presentation and Performing Arts (The Arts)

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 Development: Community Arts projects will encourage public awareness, access, appreciation, learning, and participation in a wide variety of cultural and arts activities within a particular geographic region or among a targeted population. 
  • Arts and Healing: Arts and healing projects and programs will integrate any art form in a variety of settings to promote resilience, develop and advance coping skills, and promote mental and physical well-being.
  • Arts Education (education): Arts Education projects will provide educational opportunities in any arts discipline for arts in the school environment, out-of-school learning, early childhood development, adult life-long learning, and professional development.
  • Presenting and Performing Arts (the 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).

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must meet the application requirements to submit a project application to the Biennium Grants Program.

Application Requirements:
- Applicant must be a nonprofit arts or culture organization, 501(c)3 exempt from federal income tax by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
- Is incorporated under the laws of the State of Hawaiʻi.
- Not barred or suspended from receiving federal funds.
- Applicant must have at least one year of experience with project to request grant support.
- Project must take place in the State of Hawaiʻi.
- Applicant must be compliant and remain compliant with Hawaii Compliance Express (
- Accessibility: The organization has a National Endowment for the Arts- Section 504 Evaluation on file. If the organization does not have a Section 504 Evaluation on file, click the hyperlink below, follow the provided instructions, and complete the Self-Evaluation Workbook: Section504 Self-Evaluation Workbook- National Endowment for the Arts- Civil Rights Office.
- Fiscal sponsorship is not permitted.

Items not funded:
- Building, renovation, maintenance of facilities, or other capital expenditures.
- Activities that are not completed within the project period.
- Fellowships, scholarships, thesis, or dissertations.
- Fundraising.
- 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:

- Intent to Apply (for both 2024 and 2025): August 1 - August 31, 2022.
- Application open for both grant cycles: September 1 - October 30, 2022.

A 1:1 match is required.

Applicant must have an active registration with at the time the application is submitted.

Only one application is allowed per fiscal year grant cycle.


Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

A Biennium Grant can be requested in the amount of $5,000, $10,000, or $15,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant implementation period is July 1 through June 30, unless otherwise noted.

Contact Information:

Submit an Intent to Apply online:

Direct questions to
Brittany Rakowitz, SFCA Community Arts Coordinator
(808) 586-0309

Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
250 South Hotel Street, 2nd Floor
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96813
(808) 586-0300

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