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Hawai‘i People's Fund 2021 Regular Grants

Grants and In-Kind Services to Hawaii Nonprofits
to Address Injustice, Inequality, and Poverty

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Hawai‘i People's Fund

Deadline Date:

04/30/21 11:59 PM HST Receipt


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Grants of up to $10,000 and in-kind services to Hawaii nonprofits to address the causes underlying injustice, inequality, and poverty. Funding is intended to support groups that are committed to inclusion and leadership. Strong proposals will reflect collaboration with other groups and opportunities for public participation and community involvement. Hawai‘i People’s Fund works in solidarity with grantees by providing more than monetary support; it provides technical assistance, consultation, referrals, a variety of training, and unique networking and collaborative opportunities. Community-led start-up projects are encouraged to apply.

Hawai‘i People’s Fund Funds Social Justice

  • Inequitable allocation of resources and access to power is at the root of many social problems
  • Social justice work recognizes and exposes areas of inequality and develops equitable solutions towards a better world
  • Social justice work is done with, often by, not for, marginalized groups
  • Social justice work creates or delivers to those most disempowered the skills and tools needed to positively alter this social context

The broad categories of work that Hawai‘i People’s Fund supports include:

Action Research • Arts and Cultural Activism • Cross-Issue Organizing • Human and Civil Rights •  Environmental Justice • Economic Justice •Grassroots Leadership • Political Organizing • Peace and International Solidarity • Movement Building • Youth Organizing • Public Policy Advocacy • Workers’ Rights • Indigenous Rights • Reproductive Justice

Strong proposals will reflect all or many of the following:

  • Organizing, mobilization, education, direct action, and/or advocacy
  • Challenging and working to change systems and institutions that create, accommodate and perpetuate social inequalities and injustices
  • Addressing the root causes of injustice
  • Working to eliminate barriers to full participation in society (i.e. racism, sexism, classism, ableism, homophobia, ageism)
  • Collaboration with other groups
  • Opportunities for public participation and community involvement
  • Developing community leaders
  • Realistic goals
  • Clear plans for achieving and evaluating efforts
  • Accountability to constituency
  • Considered fundraising plan
  • Realistic budget

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148184

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum request is $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Regular grant funding is limited to one grant award in a 12-month period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Hawai‘i People’s Fund provides support and funding through grants to progressive grassroots groups committed to a more equitable distribution of power, resources and wealth.

Hawai‘i People’s Fund Funds Social Change Organizations. A social change organization:
- Is explicit regarding issues of equity
- Focuses on communities affected by inequity
- Ensures that its constituents are involved in setting the agenda
- Has clear structures, processes, and mechanisms for accountability to communities being organized/served
- Recognizes unequal dynamics of racial and economic power
- Holds those responsible for maintaining inequities accountable
- Works to make change at the roots and interconnections of systems, institutions and people
- Offers bold paradigm shifts and alternatives that replace current structures of inequity and disproportionate power
- Works collaboratively in building a collective movement

If a group’s mission is eligible for funding, you do not need to be approved by the IRS as 501c3. However, if there is no financial account in the name of your organization, a fiscal sponsor is required.

The applicant group reflects the full diversity of its community and involves its core constituencies at all levels of leadership and decision-making, instead of reproducing the dominant culture. Hawai‘i People’s Fund prioritizes efforts led by an organized community.

If your group’s philosophy and goals resonate with the values of Hawai‘i People’s Fund and you do not fall into any of the categories listed below, you are eligible to submit a proposal.

Hawai‘i People’s Fund does not fund:
- Activities that promote specific political candidates for public office
- Major Capital Expenditures
- For-Profit Business Ventures
- Government Agencies (Local, State, Federal)
- Scholarships
- Individual projects (e.g. graduate research, fellowships, etc.)
- Organizations with strong leadership from only one individual
- Reimbursements
- Work outside of Hawai‘i
- Endowments
- One-time events that are neither part of or linked to ongoing social change organizing strategies
- Previously funded groups with outstanding grant reports
- Social service organizations without a strong social change component
- Groups with an organizational budget over $250,000 or significant access to mainstream funding

Organizations with budgets of more than $250,000 may apply if they have a discrete social justice project with a budget of less than this amount that a) needs seed money for a new activity or, b) is unlikely to meet the guidelines of other funding sources because of its goals or strategies.

Pre-Application Information:

Whether submitting an application online or in hardcopy, proposals must be received by 11:59 pm on April 30, 2021. Applications submitted via the postal service must be postmarked by April 26, 2021. Paper applications postmarked with the date of deadline will only be accepted for applicants who reside on and operate from a Neighbor Island.

You will receive a response from a grant proposal within 60 days.

A note about Travel Funding Requests:
Requests that include funding for travel must include specific details regarding how the travel is directly linked to social change organizing in Hawai‘i. Whether funds are needed to bring in a speaker, send a delegate to a conference, etc., the proposal must clearly explain the planned follow-up and anticipated local impacts.

A note on COVID-19:
All requests in 2021 must include contingency plans to operate while maintaining pandemic safety measures, including mask wearing and safe distancing when appropriate. Annual grants are meant to address long-term, systemic change. Applicants seeking urgent funding in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic should consider applying for Urgent Action Grants.

Contact Information:

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

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Mail to:

Hawai‘i People’s Fund
P.O. Box 4163
Honolulu, HI 96812

For assistance, contact the email address above or call (808) 593-9969.

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