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Family Literacy and Hawai‘i Pizza Hut Literacy Funds

Grants to Hawaii Nonprofits to Support
Child and Adult Literacy Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF)

Deadline Date:

09/17/21 4:00 PM HST


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Grants of up to $10,000 and grants of up to $25,000 to Hawaii nonprofit organizations to support literacy programs for people of all ages. The primary focus of these funds is to increase the quality of and access to English literacy programs. Priority will be given to impactful programs serving low-income, rural, and immigrant or refugee communities.

The Hawai‘i State Literacy Plan shares that foundational literacy skills include print concepts, phonological awareness, phonics and word recognition, fluency, vocabulary, reading comprehension, writing, and oral language development. Applicants should describe how their program develops one or more foundational literacy skills.

Program Focus

Family Literacy: Focus on families with young children (ages 0-8), engage parents/caregivers as their child’s first teacher to “equip caregivers with the tools, resources, and strategies to guide children’s learning activities and language experiences at home.”

Family Literacy and Literacy: 

  • 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 evidence-based practices, including nationally documented programs adapted to reflect Hawai‘i’s diverse cultures,
    • Including an assessment component, and/or
    • Providing teacher training through workshops or conferences to implement quality literacy programs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181463

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Grants from the Hawai‘i Pizza Hut Literacy Fund will range from $5,000 to $10,000. The Fund will award up to $30,000 in total for Literacy grants.
- Grants for Family Literacy may range from $5,000 to $25,000 per year. HCF will award up to $57,000 in total for Family Literacy grants.

Term of Contract:

Grants from the Hawai‘i Pizza Hut Literacy Fund are for a one-year period.

Grants for Family Literacy will be for two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Hawai‘i nonprofit organizations that are 501(c)(3) IRS tax-exempt organizations and programs with a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status are eligible to apply.

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 support the development of foundational literacy skills.
- 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.
- Loans.
- Funding after an event has occurred.

Pre-Application Information:

Online Application Deadline: Friday, September 17, 2021, 4:00 p.m. HST

Applications must be submitted online. If you are a new user, click “New User Registration for Organizations.” The registration process may take up to 2 days so please register early!

Each eligible applicant will be asked to attend a virtual meeting (45 minutes) with HCF staff to share about the organization and this project. The virtual meetings will be held in early October 2021.

Organizations can apply for both a Family Literacy and Literacy grant, through the submission of 2 separate applications.

Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in November 2021.

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