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Family Literacy and Hawaii Pizza Hut Literacy Funds

Grants to Hawaii Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools, and
Libraries for Child and Adult Literacy Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF)

Deadline Date:

06/21/18 4:00 PM HST


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 per year to Hawaii nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and libraries to support literacy programs for people of all ages. Applicants are advised that registration in the online application portal may take up to three days to complete. Preference will be given to programs serving low-income, rural, and immigrant or refugee communities.


The purpose of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF) Family Literacy and Literacy Funds is to increase the literacy of Hawai‘i residents. While there are many forms of literacy, English literacy is the primary focus of these funds. The Family Literacy Advisory Committee reviews applications and makes recommendations for grants that are most consistent with the purpose and priorities of the funds.

-Family Literacy – Programs are funded through the Public-Private Partners for Literacy Fund, Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Fund for Family Literacy, and the George J. Henritzy Memorial Fund, each of which is a component fund of Hawai‘i Community Foundation.

-Literacy – Programs are funded through the Hawai‘i Pizza Hut Literacy Fund, which is a donor-advised fund of Hawai‘i Community Foundation. This fund is supported with money collected from the sale of Hawai‘i Pizza Hut’s “Literacy” card.

Priorities of the Fund:

In 2000, the National Reading Panel summarized several decades of research that shows effective reading instruction addresses five critical areas including Phonemic awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension. The panel found that a combination of these five areas, plus guided oral reading, is effective for teaching people to read. Applicants should describe how their programs include these five critical areas.

Preference will be given to projects that:

Improve access to programs for low-income, immigrant/refugee or rural communities by:
-Utilizing community-based partnerships,
-Adapting programs to be responsive to diverse cultures, and
-Utilizing technology, as appropriate for target age groups, to increase access.

Improve quality of programs by:
-Utilizing research documented best practices, including the National Reading Panel’s five critical areas and nationally documented programs adapted to reflect Hawai‘i’s diverse cultures,
-Including an evaluation component, and/or
-Providing teacher training through workshops or conferences to implement quality literacy programs.

For Family Literacy Programs, focus on families with young children (ages 0-8), engage parents as their child’s first teacher, and increase the educational achievement of both children and adults to improve the family’s economic status over time.

Proposal Review Criteria:

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

Integrity of the Proposed Program:
-Organization demonstrates ability to deliver program.
-Program is well-defined and likely to be successfully implemented.
-Program budget is adequate; program costs are consistent with the narrative and are reasonable.
-Program is designed and implemented utilizing best practices.
-Program is designed to reach low-income, immigrant/refugee or rural populations.
-If a Family Literacy program, the program is designed to reach young children (ages 0-8) and their families to increase the educational achievement of both children and adults to improve the family’s economic status over time.

Potential for Impact of the Program or Project:
-Program has clearly defined outcomes and means to measure those outcomes.
-Evaluation of the program is clearly incorporated into program design.
-Program demonstrates the ability to leverage other resources (i.e. funds, in-kind support and/or community partnerships).
-Program has determined or is planning how to sustain the proposed program over time.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181463

Estimated Size of Grant:

Generally, grants from the Hawaii Pizza Hut Literacy Fund will range from $5,000 to $25,000.

Grants for Family Literacy may range from $5,000 to $25,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Generally, grants from the Hawaii Pizza Hut Literacy Fund are for a one-year period, although organizations may apply for support in subsequent years.

Grants for Family Literacy may be for one or two years. Proposals for multi-year projects must have clearly defined evaluation processes and the means to measure outcomes. Annual progress reports must be submitted for multi-year grants. Program evaluation and ongoing improvement must be clearly incorporated into program design.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Hawaii nonprofit organizations that are 501(c)(3) IRS tax exempt organizations, or units of government, such as Hawai‘i public schools and libraries, are eligible to apply.

Projects not likely to be funded:
-Programs that take place as part of or supplant any part of a school curriculum.
-Programs that replace DOE funding.
-Requests for books, materials, equipment, and/or technology alone that do not sufficiently align with the National Reading Panel’s essential components of effective reading instruction.
-Major capital projects, although some small facility improvements to improve the ability to deliver a literacy program may be considered.
-Funds for an endowment or for the benefit of specific individuals.

Pre-Application Information:

This program is now accepting online applications. You will need an online account to access the application. If you are new to the online application process, please register for an account. Keep in mind that it may take up to 3 business days to receive your account information, so plan accordingly.

Submit your proposal online by 4:00 PM HST on June 21, 2018.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

If you have any questions regarding the proposal, contact:

Elise von Dohlen

Neighbor Islands may call toll-free at 1-888-731-3863.

For technical assistance with the online application process, please contact the Help Desk:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Hawaii