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Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation Grant

Grants to Hawaii Nonprofits to Improve Access
to Quality Pre-K and Kindergarten Education

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/05/18 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 and grants starting at $25,000 to Hawaii nonprofit organizations for programs and projects in early childhood education (ages 0-5), including major capital improvements. Applicants must discuss potential proposals with Foundation staff prior to applying.

Generally, trustees especially welcome the following:

- Accurate needs assessment and clear project or program outcomes.
- Innovative methods of delivering programs so that families and/or early childhood providers have easy access to support.
- Partnerships between several agencies so as to avoid duplication and to maximize program efficiencies.
- Methods which support access for families who have traditionally been underserved.
- Coverage throughout the state, particularly in underserved communities.

Additional grantmaking policies:

- Programs or projects for which funds are requested must be in response to a documented community need, and not solely an organizational need.
- Grants may be awarded for innovative programs, demonstration projects and “start-up” funding.
- Programs improving access of low-income families to high quality early education are preferred.
- Special priority is given to pre-K teacher training.

Because of the often prohibitive cost of constructing new preschools, the Foundation prefers to fund existing schools and encourages strategic use of existing space and structures.

The Foundation prefers funding existing preschools, but will consider grants to start-up pre-schools which have demonstrated broad-based and sources of financial support and a solid business plan for sustainability. In general, a new pre-school should have raised at least 40-50% of construction costs before being considered by the Foundation.

Start-Up Pre-Schools & Kindergartens:
The Foundation is working at a systems level. It prefers to fund mature, established, well-funded accredited pre-schools and high quality infant toddler facilities.

Capital Project Proposals
- The Trustees have defined this category as including requests of $50,000 or more for the construction, renovation or acquisition of land or buildings or major equipment and furnishings. As only limited resources are available for capital requests, priority for funding goes to projects which are invited by Trustees or in which a Trustee is involved.
- Organizations requesting support for capital projects should demonstrate substantial financial support from their board of directors and the community they serve.
- Colleges and universities must demonstrate that their capital request will advance early childhood education, care and well-being in Hawai’i.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164245

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will generally be in the range of $10,000 to $25,000. Grants for major capital improvements typically range from $25,000 to $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Funding for up to three years is available for projects. However, organizations must submit a proposal each year for funding, giving an update on the previous years activities.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant requests will be considered only from organizations that are classified by the IRS as 501(c)(3), tax exempt agencies, and not private foundations.

Proposals submitted by government entities, such as public and charter schools, will not be considered. However, projects that include a public sector partner are encouraged, as it is recognized that public agencies have responsibilities in these areas and are important partners in developing early childhood programs, particularly at the system level. The fiscal agent for such projects, however, must be a nonprofit organization.

The Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation is not an international funder and applications are not accepted outside the U.S. The Foundation only rarely funds in the U.S. outside Hawaii. All mainland U.S. applications must be invited by the Trustees to be considered for funding.

Not Funded:

-Public or private high schools, middle schools
-Elementary schools without an early education component
-Charter Schools
-Regular operating costs such as salaries, rents, or maintenance
-Programs not open to all racial and ethnic groups
-Projects in which parents and the community have not been appropriately involved in planning and funding
-Publication and media projects
-Organizations outside Hawai‘i
-Student scholarships for travel, or conference attendance
-Video projects
-Annual fund drives, sponsorships, or special events

Grants are generally not made to third party regranting organizations.

Pre-Application Information:

Grants will not fund more than 40% of a total project cost.

The deadlines are January 15 for the April meeting, May 15 for the July/August meeting, and September 5 for the December meeting.

Generally, capital proposals of more than $50,000 are considered by the Trustees at the December meeting only.

The Foundation will generally not consider additional grants to an organization receiving a capital grant of $50,000 or more.

All proposals passing the pre-screen process must be received in the Foundation office by e-mail attachment, fax, regular postal mail or walk-in delivery by 5:00 p.m. of the due date.

A site visit may be required if the organization has not applied before or in many years.


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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.

Mr. Al Castle, Executive Director
Phone: (808) 522-1101
Fax: (808) 522-1103

Samuel N. & Mary Castle Foundation
Pacific Guardian Center, Makai Tower
733 Bishop Street, Suite 1275
Honolulu, HI 96813

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Hawaii