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Folk and Traditional Arts Grants - Apprentice Mentoring Grant

Grants to Hawaii Teachers of Traditional and Folk
Arts for Apprentice Mentoring and Training

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Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

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03/07/19 11:59 PM HST, Postmarked


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Grants ranging from $4,000 to $6,500 to Hawaii individual folk and traditional arts and culture teachers for apprentice mentoring and training. Funding is intended for ongoing training of future cultural practitioners and teachers in order to promote and build the capacity of living cultures. Projects must be implemented entirely in the State of Hawaii. Teachers and apprentices must apply as a project team.

Projects must be for folk and traditional cultural arts and practices of living traditions that are relevant to cultural communities in the State of Hawaii. Relevant means that they are practiced, taught, learned and/or shared within the cultural community to which the folk or traditional art or practice belongs.

Priority grant projects include traditional arts/cultural practices that are underserved or are not roust due to:
- Few active masterful or skilled cultural practitioner teachers.
- Few active practitioners.
- Limited access to train or learn (geographic or economic barriers)

Apprentice Mentoring Grants meet the HSFCA Strategic Priorities for 2019-2023:
- Culture: Support, foster, and celebrate the artistic expressions of Hawaii’s diverse cultures and communities. Honor and support Native Hawaiian culture, arts, artists, and cultural practitioners; and advance cultural arts education and creation
- Engagement: Enhance public engagement in culture and the arts; and increase access to diverse arts and cultural programs
- Education: Strengthen arts education for all learners; and expand community-based education programs and opportunities.

Teacher and Apprentice applicants should be deeply rooted in their cultural heritage with a high level of skill and experience. The most successful teams are those with enduring relationships that are respectful and caring. The Teacher should be recognized as an established and mature tradition bearer and an active practitioner of his/her folk or traditional art form/cultural practice, with demonstrated mastery and artistic excellence.

The Apprentice must have proven experience in the folk or traditional art for further training, and be able to demonstrate commitment to the practice and the culture. Teacher and Apprentice applicant team may be family members. The intent is to embed the cultural knowledge of family legacies within nuclear or extended families, or to lessen the risk of declining family skill and knowledge.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153598

Estimated Size of Grant:

A one-year grant amount ranges from $4,000 to $6,500. The teaching grant is $4,000. An optional travel subsidy for inter-island travel may also be requested.
- A $2,500 travel request is only for grant teams that live on different islands and must travel throughout the year for their regular lessons.
- A $500 travel request per traveling team member is to assist teams to conduct a
Native Hawaiian project cultural learning huaka`i. It assumes a one-night stay-over.
- A $400 travel request per traveling team member is to assist teams to conduct a
presentation on a different island than their home island. It assumes same-day travel.
- Applicants may request more than one type of travel subsidy for either or both years.

Term of Contract:

- The grant period is one state fiscal biennium consisting of two fiscal years.
- Two-Year Project Implementation Period (FB 2020/2021): First year begins July 1, 2019 and concludes June 30, 2020. Second year begins July 1, 2020 and concludes June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant Eligibility:
- Individual applicants are U.S citizens or U.S. permanent residents.
- Individual applicants are State of Hawai`i residents.
- Individual apprentice applicants are at least 16 years of age.

Teachers must be active practitioners who are exceptionally skilled cultural
artists/practitioners, recognized in their cultural communities as experts with
experience in teaching and sharing with the public. Apprentices must be active practitioners who are skilled and committed cultural artists/practitioners, preferably at the advanced level.

The Teacher is the Applicant. Teacher and Apprentice(s) must apply as a project team, and a teacher may have one to three Apprentices. Only one application is allowed per individual applicant (individual teacher or apprentice).

Cost items that the HSFCA does not fund:
- Building, renovation, maintenance of facilities, or other capital expenditures
- Activities completed prior to the project period
- Fellowships, scholarships, theses, dissertations, tuition
- Fund raising
- Grant writing, grant management fees or indirect cost rates
- Commissions for visual artists to execute professional works of art
- Costs for food and/or refreshments
- Perquisites (non-salary compensation or other employee benefits)
- Equipment purchases and/or long-term equipment rentals
- Enduring assets such as musical instruments, musical scores, books, costumes, and props
- Foreign travel
- Subgrants or regrants
- Interest payments, insurance, or similar finance costs, audits
- Utilities and communications costs (e.g. water, sewage, electricity, telephone)
- Un-itemized miscellaneous
- Maintenance or repair costs
- 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

Projects that the Apprentice Mentoring Grant does not fund:
- Contemporary arts - these may include but are not limited to contemporary visual or performing arts, filmmaking, popular arts, fusion practices, etc.
- Occupational “folklife” or “folkways” such as massage therapy, use of medicinal herbs, cooking, farming and fishing are not eligible, unless the application focuses on an aesthetic aspect (for example the traditional making of tools/implements or traditional festive ceremonies related to the occupation).
- Festivals, community events, concerts, competitions
- School programs, projects or residencies (see HSFCA website for Artists-in-the-Schools arts residency grants)
- Arts and culture grants to organizations (see HSFCA website for Biennium Grants)- Conferences, symposia, lectures, workshops and classes, continuing education courses, and similar activities
- Out-of-state collaborations or projects.

Pre-Application Information:

Application postmark deadline: Thursday March 7, 2019 at 11:59 Hawaii Standard Time (HST). All required application materials must be complete and postmarked by this deadline or emailed. (This deadline has been extended from the previous deadline of Thursday, February 21, 2019.) Applicants will receive official written notification of the outcome of their application in July

- December 2018 – Disseminate application information and materials
- February 21, 2019 – Postmarked DEADLINE for all applications
- April 2019 – Panel meeting for review of applications for funding recommendations
- May 2019 – Board of Commissioners meeting - discuss and review funding
recommendations; approve funding pending availability of funds
- July 1, 2019 – Begin new fiscal year; begin Year One of Apprentice Mentoring Grants
- July 2019 - Official notification to grantees, pending availability of funds
- July to September 2019 – Grantee orientation with Staff
- June 30, 2020 – End fiscal year; end Year One of Apprentice Mentoring Grants
- July 1, 2020 –Begin new fiscal year; begin Year Two of Apprentice Mentoring Grants
- July 31, 2020 - Year One final reports deadline; official Year Two notification to grantees, pending availability of funds
- June 30, 2021 - End fiscal year; end Year Two of Apprentice Mentoring Grants

Applicants are advised to contact Staff to discuss the proposed applications. This helps ensure that the application conforms to the program guidelines, and that all of the application requirements are properly addressed. It is also useful to submit your application for review ahead of the deadline, so that Staff can review it and give you feedback. This will give you time to make any needed changes before you submit your application.

Contact Information:

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

Staff Contact and mailing address:

Denise Miyahana, Arts Program Specialist
Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
250 South Hotel St., 2nd floor
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96813

Applications can be emailed to:

Phone: 808-586-0771

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