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

Biennium Grants

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Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (HSFCA)

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Deadline Date:

10/31/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Hawaii nonprofit organizations 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.

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).

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 project implementation period is the State of Hawai`i fiscal biennium - July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2023 (two fiscal years).
- The grant cycle for Year-One project is fiscal year July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.
- The grant cycle for Year-Two project is fiscal year July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An applicant must be a nonprofit organization, exempt from federal income tax by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
- 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.

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Pre-Application Information:

An Intent to Apply must be submitted for each grant cycle year that funding is requested:
- The 2023 Intent To Apply will be open from August 1, 2021, through September 30, 2021.
- Biennium Grant 2023 applications will open September 1, 2021, and close on Wednesday, October 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.

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Contact Information:

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

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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