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Supporting Foster Children and Their Caregivers

Grants to Hawaii Nonprofits, Faith-Based Organizations,
and Agencies to Benefit Youth in Foster Care

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Hawaii Community Foundation - Victoria S. and Bradley L. Geist Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/15/21 5:00 PM HST


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Hawaii nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, and government agencies to benefit children in foster care, as well as their caregivers. Funding is intended to offer assistance for efforts that lead to supportive homes and experiences for foster children in the state. Qualifying programs enable foster children to lead healthier and happier lives by providing appropriate resources and support.

Preference will be given to efforts that:

  • Support the recruitment, training, and retention of quality resource caregivers;
  • Support the continued relationships of foster children to their siblings;
  • Address the unique needs of foster children or of their caregivers; or
  • Empower foster children to participate in the decisions affecting their lives

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179659

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants usually range from $10,000 to $50,000 per year. Requests are considered in relationship to the size of the organization’s operating budget.

Term of Contract:

Commitments for up to three years will be considered, contingent on the submission of satisfactory progress reports.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:

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.

More than 50 percent of the individuals served by the program must be:
- Children in the foster custody of a Hawai`i state government agency;
- Children placed by a Hawai`i state government agency in therapeutic foster placement or in kinship, foster, respite, guardianship, permanent custody, or adoptive families; or
- Their caregivers.

Capital requests and endowments will not be funded.

Generally not funded:
- Endowments
- Loans
- Individuals (with the exception of the scholarships program)
- Large capital projects (with rare exceptions)
- Funding after an event has occurred

Pre-Application Information:

For applications to be considered they must be submitted online by clicking the “Submit” button on the final page of the application. Applications submitted by 5:00 p.m. (HST) on these dates will be considered at the next Board of Trustees meeting in the following months:
- January 15, 2021 for the March meeting
- May 14, 2021 for the July meeting
- September 15, 2021 for the November meeting

If you are requesting an account, it may take a few days for you to receive the account information. It’s highly recommended that you request your account early to give yourself adequate time to complete the application by the submission deadline.


Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

For more information, contact Kehau Meyer via e-mail at or call (808) 566-5537 or toll-free from neighbor islands (888) 731-3863.

Victoria S. and Bradley L. Geist Foundation
827 Fort Street
Honolulu, Hawai`i 96813-4317
(808) 566-5524

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