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Enhancements for Foster Children Program

Grants to Hawaii Nonprofits and Agencies to
Improve the Quality of Life for Foster Children

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) - Victoria S. and Bradley L. Geist Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/15/17 5:00 PM HST


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to Hawaii nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and government agencies for items and services that will improve the lives of foster children. Funding is intended to provide material items and opportunities for children and youth under 18 years of age, unless he or she is under 21 years of age and remains in the foster care system because he or she is attending high school. The funds are offered in the belief that every child is special and that their growth should be nurtured and celebrated.

Specifically, eligible items and services include:

1) Extracurricular activities (e.g., graduation or prom attire, field trips, athletic uniforms);
2) Hobbies, sports, and cultural activities (e.g., hula lessons, soccer registration);
3) Intersession activities (e.g., summer camp);
4) Facilitation of transition into adulthood (e.g., driver’s education, copy of birth certificate);
5) Quality of life enhancements (e.g., modest birthday and holiday presents, books, toys).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165437

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $5,000 to $50,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is from January 1 through December 31, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Tax-exempt Hawaii organizations are eligible to apply. This includes nonprofit organizations, 501(c)(3) organizations, religious organizations that are exempt from taxation, and units of government.

“Eligible child” means a person who:
- Is under 18 years of age, or is under 21 years of age and remains in the foster care system because he or she is attending high school; and
- Resides in Hawaii;
- Is in one of the following categories: Is in the foster custody of a Hawai state government agency; or is placed by a Hawai state government agency in therapeutic foster placement or in kinship, foster, respite, guardianship, permanent custody, or adoptive families.

The following restrictions apply:

(1) Each expenditure must respond to a specific request made by an eligible child’s foster caregiver, social worker, therapist, school counselor, guardian ad litem, or similar professional service provider for a specific item or service that will enhance the child’s quality of life.

(2) Payments must be made to vendors for the benefit of eligible children. Payments must not be made directly to children or their foster caregivers. Grantees may provide vendor gift cards to children or foster caregivers only in cases where a vendor declines to accept a grantee’s check.

(3) Enhancements funds are not intended for basic living expenses such as housing, groceries, medical and dental care, and ordinary tuition expenses.

(4) Grantees may expend no more than $500 per eligible child during the grant period.

(5) Grantees may spend no more than 10% of the project budget on administrative fees.

(6) Grantees must return all unexpended funds at the end of the grant period.

(7) Grantees must submit a final report by January 31, 2018. The Foundation may require interim reports. The Foundation does not accept proposals from organizations with overdue reports.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by September 15, 2017 by 5:00 PM (HST) for consideration at the November meeting.

Your organization must first register for an account by creating a profile. Profiles are internally reviewed before access is granted, and this review process may take up to three business days. Please register your organization well before the application deadline to allow the internal review process to be completed.

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

Pam Funai
(808) 566-5537
Toll-free from neighbor islands (888) 731-3863 ext. 537

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Hawaii