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Ananda Fund Hawaii Grant Competition 2015-2016

Grants to Hawaii Nonprofits for Participating
in a Theater Competition to Showcase Their Work

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Ananda Fund Hawaii, a donor advised fund of Hawaii Community Foundation

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Grants of up to $20,000 to Hawaii nonprofit organizations addressing important issues affecting their community. Nonprofits will compete with each other with original theater productions that showcase the work carried out by their organization.

Your organization should demonstrate how the arts (through a play) can be used to build public awareness about important issues affecting island communities. This is a fun and informative way to share your mission and engage your communities and the larger public.

Around the world, community groups use the power of theater to illustrate their work–in fields ranging from public health to human rights, literacy to nutrition, and education to community leadership. This serves as the inspiration for our Hawaii-based competition. This is an opportunity for you to tell the story of your work through the voices of your community and promote your nonprofit through the arts, with a 15 to 20 minute performance.

Your nonprofit may apply in one of two categories:

1) ‘Aina Based -Your nonprofit focuses on helping the ‘aina –the land through clean-ups, cultural restoration projects, community workdays, preservation or conservation of ecological resources. This includes the mountains, lo’i, the ocean, the reefs, beaches, farming, clearing of invasive species and planting of native plants, and caring for endangered animals.

2) People Based - Your nonprofit works to educate, uplift and empower communities. Nonprofits in this category include the following: teaching, educational outreach, skills training, personal development, cultural practices, literacy, mentoring, kupuna services, rehabilitation, family strengthening, and hospice care. You advocate or provide a service for the needs of certain groups of people or you work with elders, children, the disabled, underprivileged or communities at risk.

Plays must be 15-20 minutes in length and can be one act or several acts. The nonprofit will be responsible to choose people from their community to participate. The Fund strongly encourages staff, beneficiaries, volunteers and individuals whose lives have been touched or affected or closely connected to the work of the nonprofit. No hired or professional actors are allowed.

Each nonprofit will be given $500 to help cover the costs of costumes, sets, and props. Proposals from outer islands are welcome. Nonprofit groups will be provided with a $1,500 stipend from Ananda Fund Hawaii to help cover travel expenses.

Proposals will be accepted until December 15, 2015. From the entries submitted, five nonprofits will be invited to participate in the stage competition. Nonprofits selected to compete in the play competition will receive mentoring by a theater professional. The coach whose nonprofit mentee wins the overall competition, will win $1,000 to donate towards the nonprofit group of their choice.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165079

Number of Grants:

1 Grand Prize Winner, 5 Finalists, 1 Coach Prize

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grand Prize Winner receives $20,000.

Outer Island Groups Receive a $1,500 travel stipend.

5 Finalists Receive $500 for production assistance.

Winning coach receives $1,000 to donate to the nonprofit of his/her choice.

Term of Contract:

Plays will be performed in early 2016.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations must be a small to mid-size nonprofit with an annual budget of less than $500,000. Organizations must be a registered nonprofit in the state of Hawai’i with a 501(c)3 tax-exempt status.

Nonprofit theater groups or organizations who use theater and performances to showcase their work are not eligible to apply for this grant.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals instructions may be found here:

In January 2016, the Fund will invite five nonprofits to compete in the second part of the grant competition. Nonprofits will be asked to write and perform an original production that brings the work of your organization to life for an audience and demonstrates the impact of your work for the community and beneficiaries that you serve.

The play will be presented at a theater before a live audience in early 2016 on the island of Oahu. Both the audience and a panel of judges will vote on the winners.

The coach whose nonprofit mentee wins the overall competition, will win $1,000 to donate towards the nonprofit group of their choice.

Proposals may be submitted via email to

Contact Information:

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

Ananda Fund Hawaii
111 Hekili Street, Suite A, #315
Kailua, Hi 96734

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