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Supporting Transitioning Foster Youth Grant

Grants to Hawaii Nonprofits and Agencies to
Improve Outcomes for Youth Exiting Foster Care

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

09/17/18 5:00 PM HST


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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $75,000 to Hawaii nonprofit organizations and government agencies for programs that assist youth transitioning from foster care. Applicants are advised to register online in advance of the deadline. Programs may address housing, health, education, employment, community engagement, permanence, and financial capability.

The Foundation supports the Hawaii Youth Opportunities Initiative, a Co-Investment site with the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative. In concert with this initiative, the Foundation is offering a Request for Proposals to provide support to Hawaii’s transitioning foster youth through projects that are aligned with the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative and the Hawaii Youth Opportunities Initiative.

Successful projects and programs will demonstrate youth engagement in development and be designed to result in improved youth outcomes in one or more of the following areas:

-Permanence: Every young person has an adult to rely on for a lifetime and a supportive family network.

-Education: Young people acquire education and training that enable them to obtain and retain steady employment.

-Employment: Young people support themselves by obtaining and retaining steady employment.

-Housing: Young people have safe, stable and affordable housing and have access to transportation for work and school.

-Physical and Mental Health: Young people have health insurance for both physical and mental health.

-Personal and Community Engagement: Young people have supportive relationships in the community that help them achieve their personal goals.

-Financial Capability: Young people manage their budgets and achieve their financial goals.

The strongest proposals will be those that meet all or most of the following criteria:

Integrity of the Proposed Program:
-Program is aligned with one or more of the youth outcomes identified by the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.
-Program is well-defined and likely to be successfully implemented.
-Organization demonstrates the ability to deliver the program.
-Program budget is adequate and program costs are reasonable and consistent with the narrative.
-Program design includes youth input and will engage the target population.

Potential for Impact of the Program:
-Program clearly identifies intended outcome and the means to measure progress.
-Program evaluation is clearly incorporated into program design,
-Program demonstrates the ability to leverage other resources (such as funds, in-kind or community partnerships).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179660

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants usually range from $10,000 to $75,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Requests for up to three years will be considered. If funded, subsequent years will be contingent on the submission of satisfactory progress reports.

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.

Programs must preferentially and primarily (more than 50%) serve current or former foster youth, age 14-24, who were in state child welfare or mental health systems after their 14th birthday, even if they were adopted or legally reunited with their birth families prior to the age of majority.

Unless the organization’s clientele are solely legally recognized as current or former foster youth up to the age 24, administrative fees are capped at 5% per grant award. The Foundation reserves the right to determine those costs that are administrative and subject to the limited percentage.

Capital requests and endowments will not be funded.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant seekers are encouraged to align their proposals with the goals of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative. More information may be found here:

Strong proposals demonstrate the ability to leverage other resources (such as funds, in-kind or community partnerships).

The application is available for online submission. Your organization must first establish an online account with the Hawaii Community Foundation to access the online application. Please go to Nonprofit Gateway to request an account or, if you already have an account, to access the online application.

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

Applications submitted by 5:00 PM (HST) on these dates will be considered at the next Board of Trustees meeting in the following months:

-January 16, 2018 for the March meeting
-May 15, 2018 for the July meeting
-September 17, 2018 for the November meeting

Typically, you will be notified within three months of a proposal deadline.

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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.

Register and apply through Nonprofit Gateway:

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

Victoria S. and Bradley L. Geist Foundation
827 Fort Street
Honolulu, Hawai`i 96813-4317

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Hawaii