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Pillars of Peace Hawaii Grant Program

Grants to Hawaii Schools and Nonprofits to
Promote Students' Mental and Emotional Health

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Hawaii Community Foundation

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

08/12/16 4:00 PM HST


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Grants to Hawaii private and public schools (including public charter schools), and nonprofits with primary/secondary school partners to implement programs that promote the emotional and mental health of students. An informational webinar is scheduled for July 1, 2016.

Funding is intended for:
- Test and demonstrate the viability and efficacy of evidence-based, best practice Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) programs;
- Provide financial and professional development support to educators, schools, and/or community organizations to implement quality SEL programs;
- Teach SEL skills to all participating students to grow more compassionate and mindful youth and to reduce aggressive and negative behaviors in the schools; and
- Create a safer and supportive school environment, and encourage learning, compassion, mindfulness, and empathy.

Over the next three years, the grant program hopes to support:
- An increase in the number of students receiving high-quality SEL program content;
- An increase in the number of educators/staff trained on delivering SEL programs; and
- A decrease in the number of bullying incidents and other risky, disruptive and aggressive behaviors occurring in Hawaii schools.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154085

Number of Grants:

HCF intends to fund approximately 10 to 15 projects.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $50,000 per year

Term of Contract:

Funds are intended to support programs beginning in the 2016-2017 school year (October 1, 2016), and may be granted for up to three years (through October 1, 2019). Continuation of funding for years two and three will be contingent upon evidence that sufficient progress has been made against the previous year’s work plan.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

1. Applicants must be one of the following:
- A private or public school (including public charter school) in the State of Hawaii.
- A Hawaii nonprofit organization with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with a primary or secondary school partner. A signed agreement or commitment letter that specifies the roles and responsibilities of all partners must be included with any application submitted by a nonprofit.

2. Preference will be given to those serving students in grades 8 or younger.

3. Organizations currently funded by HCF with overdue final reports are not eligible to apply.

Funding may support, but is not limited to:

1. Personnel including project coordinator, school staff, counselors, or others dedicated to this project.
2. Substitute teachers to free up classroom time for teachers to work on grant activities during the school day.
3. Curricula and program materials.
4. Consulting for training, evaluation/measurement or other relevant costs.
5. Data collection not already funded or supported by the school or organization (which also must be conducted under any required government or organization guidelines).
6. Evaluation and reporting of achievements.
7. Supplies and materials which are devoted to this project, including equipment.
8. External community partnership activities and services that are directly relevant to this project.
9. Travel costs for activities of participating students and staff.
10. Training and professional development for project staff including teachers, counselors or other staff as appropriate for implementation of the funded project.
11. Administrative and indirect costs directly tied to this project.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational webinar is scheduled for July 1, 2016, beginning at 9:00 AM HST. If you are interested in participating in this webinar, please contact Natalie Millon (see contact information below).

Pre-Application Information:

OnLine Submission - Applications will only be accepted through our online application system. Please go to

If you are a new user click on “New User Registration”. This process may take up to 2 days. HCF recommends you request your account early to allow adequate time to complete the proposal before the submission deadline.

Submit your applications by clicking the “Submit” button at the end of the application.

Contact Information:

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

Natalie Millon
Phone: (808) 566-5568

If you have any questions about the RFP, please contact Robbie Ann Kane at (808) 566-5544 or

Neighbor Islands may call HCF’s toll-free number at 1-888-731-3863.

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