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Cooke Foundation Grant

Grants to Hawaii Nonprofits for Environment, Education,
Human Services, and Arts and Culture

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Hawaii Community Foundation and Cooke Foundation

Deadline Date:

03/01/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to Hawaii nonprofit organizations for initiatives that will significantly impact the welfare of the people of the Hawaii. Funding is intended to support programs and projects in the following areas of focus: education, human services, the environment, and arts, culture, and the humanities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179663

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests for more than $20,000 must be sponsored by a Trustee. Requests for more than $5,000 should demonstrate that the Cooke Foundation portion of the budget does not exceed 30% of the total project budget.

Term of Contract:

The Foundation may choose to fund an applicant organization over a number of years.

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 provide ongoing funding, support any one program for more than two consecutive fiscal years, or fund any one organization for more than two consecutive fiscal years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be classified under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation does not make grants to supporting organizations classified under section 509(a)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Applicants must be in existence for five years based on the IRS ruling date of federal income tax exemption and be in stable financial condition. Applicants that do not meet the five-year eligibility requirement must be sponsored by a Trustee.

Applications from a unit of the University of Hawai`i must be submitted through the University of Hawai`i Foundation.

A grantee may not receive more than one grant in any fiscal year (July through June), except that a grantee serving as the fiscal sponsor for another organization may receive a second grant for its own project. Fiscal sponsors are eligible to sponsor multiple projects at a time, including their own; however, the Foundation’s guidelines regarding ongoing funding and support for two consecutive fiscal years, will apply to fiscally sponsored organizations, as well as to organizations serving as a fiscal sponsor.

The Foundation does not generally fund loans; endowments; funds for re-granting; conferences, festivals, and similar one-time events; religious programs; activities that have already occurred; scholarships; and grants to individuals or for the benefit of identified individuals.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications submitted by September 4, 2018, will be considered at the Trustee’s meeting in December 2018; those submitted on March 1, 2019, will be considered at the meeting in May 2019.

Completed applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date.

Applications must be submitted online. For applicants requesting an account for the first time, it may take two to three days to receive the account information. It is therefore recommended that they request an account early to give themselves adequate time to complete the application by the submission deadline. Applicants who are unable to submit their proposal online are requested to contact Ophelia Bitanga-Isreal.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Ophelia Bitanga-Isreal
Toll free from neighbor islands (888)731-3863 ext. 593

Cooke Foundation
827 Fort Street Mall
Honolulu, HI 96813
Telephone: 808-566-5524
Toll-Free from Neighbor Islands: 1-888-731-3863 ext 524
Fax: 808-521-6286

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Hawaii