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Atherton Family Foundation Grant

Grants to Hawaii Nonprofits for
Projects that Benefit Local Residents

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Atherton Family Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/01/21 5:00 PM HST - Program requests only


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Grants to Hawaii nonprofit organizations for a broad range of projects that benefit local communities. Funding is intended to support programs and activities within the focus areas of arts, culture, and humanities; education; environment; community development; health and human services; spiritual development; and youth development. The Foundation supports organizations working collaboratively to address systems change.

When considering requests for technology support, preference will be given to technology proposals that will result in a significant change that improves the nonprofit organization’s operations and/or programs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178875

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant for major capital projects will be $200,000, normally paid out over three years.

Term of Contract:

The term of a grant is usually one year. In the case of a multi-year pledge, payments are released in twelve-month intervals, and each payment is contingent on receipt of a satisfactory progress report. The Foundation generally does not fund a project for more than three consecutive years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must have 501(c)(3) status or must apply through a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status. The Foundation does not make grants to organizations classified under 509(a)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

If an organization applies through a fiscal sponsor, the fiscal sponsor must agree that the purpose of the grant is charitable, to monitor the grant project, control the expenditure of grant funds, and ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of the grant.

Not funded:
- The Foundation does not accept requests from the Hawaii State Department of Education schools or public charter schools.
- The Foundation does not accept requests from the University of Hawai`i.
- The Foundation does not fund conferences, festivals, and similar one-time events; activities that have already occurred; lobbying; loans; funds for re-granting and grants to individuals or for the benefit of identified individuals (except scholarships through the Juliette M. Atherton Scholarship and the Community Scholarship Fund of the Hawai`i Community Foundation).
- Grants for website development or the on-going costs for website, software, and hardware replacement and/or upgrades will generally not be funded.
- The Foundation generally does not fund endowments or operating support.
- The Foundation does not accept incomplete applications or applications from organizations with overdue final reports.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadlines for application are January 8, 2021, April 1, 2021, July 1, 2021, and October 1, 2021. Completed applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm (HST) on the deadline dates indicated above.

Capital grants can be submitted for the July deadline and Program grants can be submitted for the January, April, and October deadlines.

Applicants must first establish an online account with the Hawaii Community Foundation to access the online application. If you are requesting an account for the first time, it may take two to three days for you to receive the account information. It’s highly recommended you request your account early to give yourself adequate time to complete the application by the submission deadline.

Grants will be considered at the Board of Directors meeting in March, June, September, and December.

Organizations requesting support for a major capital project, with a total capital project budget of over $500,000, must have raised a minimum of 60% of the project budget before submitting the application.

Grants for technology-related projects require a 1:1 match from the organization.

The Foundation does not serve as the sole funder of any organization and generally does not serve as the sole funder for any project. The Foundation will award no more than one grant to an organization at a time and no more than one grant in any calendar year. A grantee serving as the fiscal sponsor for another organization may receive a second grant for its own project. All previous grants must be completed with the submission of a final report before an organization is eligible to apply for a new grant.

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:

Direct questions to:
Elise von Dohlen
(808) 566-5585
Toll-free from neighbor islands (888)731-3863 ext. 585.

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