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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 (HSFCA)

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03/31/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Hawaii nonprofit organizations and IHEs for programs that promote, enhance, and preserve arts and culture in the state. Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent to Apply prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for activities and projects that perpetuate and preserve the culture and the arts in Hawaiʻi.

For the current funding cycle, eligible programs should be in the following categories:

  • Heritage/Preservation (culture)
  • Community Arts, Community Development, Arts and Healing (engagement)
  • Arts Education (education)
  • Presentation/Performing Arts (the arts)

Purpose of Grants:

  • Heritage and Preservation (culture): 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, Arts and Healing (engagement): 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 (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 (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).

For project requirements and examples, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146049

Estimated Size of Grant:

Biennium Grant requests must be in the range of minimum $5,000 to maximum $15,000 per application.

Term of Contract:

The Biennium Grants are awarded for a two-year period. Organizations may apply to Year One and Year Two.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Non-Profit Organization, 501(c)3, exempt from federal income tax by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are eligible to apply. Applicants are subject to meeting Chapter 9 eligibility requirements and policies established by the Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

University of Hawai'i departments, colleges, community colleges DO NOT NEED to submit eligibility documentation.

- Applicant must have at least one year of experience with a 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
- 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-proposal Conference:

A grant workshop will take place on Friday, January 22 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Hawaiʻi Standard Time (HST).

This free online workshop will give an overview of the Biennium Grants and grant process. Please register in advance to receive a confirmation email with information about how to join the meeting on Zoom.

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Pre-Application Information:

“Intent to Apply” is open as of January 4, 2021, and closes on Monday, March 1, 2021.

Biennium Grant 2022 and 2023 applications will open on February 1, 2021, and close on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

Grant requests 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.

Submit an LOI 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

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