Foundation / Corporation
09/01/17 5:00 PM Receipt
Grants to Hawaii nonprofit organizations for projects, programs, and capital support that will make a significant contribution to the welfare of State citizens. Funding is intended for the focus areas of environment, education, human services, arts, culture, and humanities.
The Foundation may make grants in other areas of interest at the discretion of the Trustees, but unsolicited proposals outside its priority interests will not be considered.
GrantWatch ID#: 179663
The Foundation may choose to fund 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 below, regarding ongoing funding and support for two consecutive fiscal years, will apply to fiscally sponsored organizations, as well as organizations serving as a fiscal sponsor.
Deadlines are March 1 and September 1.
- 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.
The Cooke Foundation encourages Hawaii non-profit organizations to build their long-term sustainability through support from diverse funding sources such as foundation grants, public grants and contracts, individual donations, and earned income.
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.
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 is recommended that you request your account early to give yourself adequate time to complete the application by the submission deadline.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Register and apply online:
If you are not able to submit your proposal online, please contact Ophelia Bitanga-Isreal via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (808)566-5593, toll-free from neighbor islands (888)731-3863 ext. 593.