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Capacity Building Grant

Grants to Hawaii Nonprofit and Faith-Based Organizations to
Build Services for Children and Youth in Foster Care

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) - Victoria S. and Bradley L. Geist Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/16/19 5:00 PM HST


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $40,000 to Hawaii nonprofit and faith-based organizations providing services to foster children and their families, and to youth transitioning from foster care. Funding is intended to increase the capacity of community organizations, programs, or systems to deliver quality services. Eligible programs should demonstrate excellence and impact in serving the children, youth and caregivers involved in the state’s child welfare or child and adolescent mental health systems.

Capacity building efforts may address:
-Governance and leadership;
-Strategic relationships;
-Evaluation and impact;
-Resource Development;
-Internal operations and management;
-Program design, delivery and evaluation;
-Executive and key staff transitions; and
-Staff training.

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

Readiness to Build Capacity
-Organization demonstrates awareness of its strengths and weaknesses.
-Planning and/or self-assessment have taken place prior to beginning project.
-Project is based on a well-considered strategy.
-Project timing is relevant for the organization’s stage of development.
-Board supports and is engaged in the project. If the project is program-based, upper level
management supports and is engaged in the project.
-Organization demonstrates an ability to evolve, learn and be responsive to change.

Integrity of Proposed Project:
-Project is focused and well defined.
-Project identifies clear outcomes and measures of success.
-Appropriate stakeholders are involved in the project.
-Project budget is adequate, relates to the project narrative, and costs are reasonable.
-If a consultant is involved in the project, that person is qualified to undertake the project

Potential for Impact of the Project:
-Project will build substantial new capacity within the organization, program, or system.
-Project positions the organization or system for greater impact in fulfilling its mission.
-Project must involve an evaluation/measurement component.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180530

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants generally range from $5,000 to $40,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants may be multi-year commitments.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Tax-exempt Hawaii organizations are eligible to apply. Organizations may be either 501(c)(3) or religious organizations. Units of government and public schools are not eligible under this Request for Proposals. Fiscal sponsorships are not permissible.

The majority percentage of the organization’s or program’s clientele or project beneficiaries must be:
-Children in the foster custody of a Hawaii state government agency;
-Children placed by a Hawaii state government agency in therapeutic foster placement or in kinship, foster, respite, guardianship, permanent custody, or adoptive families; or
-Their caregivers, or
-Current foster youth or young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who have aged out of the state child welfare or mental health systems.

Grants will not be made for capital, endowments, re-granting activities or operating costs.

Pre-Application Information:

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, 2019, for the March meeting
- May 15, 2019, for the July meeting
- September 16, 2019, for the November meeting

If you are new to the online application process, please remember to set up your online account to access the application. Keep in mind that it may take 3 days to process. Applicants are advised to plan accordingly.

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.

Apply Online:

For more information, contact:
Michelle Kauhane
(808) 537-6333
Toll-free from neighbor islands: (888) 731-3863

Hawaii Community Foundation
827 Fort Street
Honolulu, Hawai`i 96813-4317

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Hawaii