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Career Connected Learning

Grants to Hawaii Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible
Counties to Support Career Training for STEM Occupations

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Hawaiʻi Community Foundation (HCF)

Deadline Date:

01/25/19 4:00 PM HST


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to Hawaii nonprofits and agencies for STEM education programs to support future career success in Hawaii County and Kauai County. Programs should offer career-connected learning, build skills that are in demand, and personalize studies for individual learning styles.

Overall long-term goal of the Career Connected Learning program:
Hawai‘i students pursue education for STEM-related industries that are needed in the State and gain employment that allows them to work, live and thrive in the islands.

The following measures will indicate progress towards the CCL program goal:

1. More elementary and middle school students participate in STEM-related career awareness and exploration activities.
2. More students and emerging workers* apply learning through practical STEM-related experiences with local employers.
3. More high school and college students and emerging workers persist in STEM-related courses of study, training, and internships that correspond to needs in the job market.
4. More Hawai‘i students and emerging workers are hired for STEM-related jobs in Hawai‘i and persist in those jobs.

The term “emerging workers” means people who have completed or are not currently engaged in formal classroom education and are seeking careers in STEM-related fields.

Examples of eligible activities include, but are not limited to:

- Career and technical education, work-based learning, internships, and dual enrollment opportunities for students in Hawaii’s STEM fields;
- Evidence-based instruction practices that address diverse learner needs and promote student outcomes in STEM learning;
- Implementing use of education, counseling and career planning tools for students – examples: YouScience; Lifeplan; AHEC’s healthcare career navigator book; or the HIDOE/UH/P-20 tool My Future Hawaii;
- Innovative approaches to professional development for teachers, counselors, employers and volunteers which increase cross-sector relationships and/or the ability to guide student decisions about STEM related career pathways;
- Effective in-school, intersession or afterschool learning experiences for students that connect to local STEM careers and provide real world problem solving opportunities; and
- Community partnerships and cross-sector projects that align education programs and Hawaii’s STEM employer needs, including programs that increase employer effectiveness as a partner, such as mentor training or employerbased internship program planning.

Grant Proposal Options:

Applicants may apply in one, but not both, of the following categories:

1. Programs serving students from kindergarten through 8th Grade, or serving K-8 teachers, trainers and counselors.
2. Programs serving students and emerging workers from 9th Grade up to early career, or serving teachers, professors, college and career counselors, trainers, mentors, internship programs, employers and networks supporting career connected learning from 9th grade up to early career.

K-8th grade. Proposals will be evaluated on how effectively the program:

- increases students’ awareness of various STEM career opportunities,
- enhances teaching of core STEM content and basic workplace skills through project-based learning,
- motivates young students to continue STEM studies and skill-building in high school and beyond, and
- proposes to measure and track these results to demonstrate impact over time.

9th grade up to early career. Proposals will be evaluated on how effectively the program strives to support participants to:

- apply STEM learning and workplace skills through direct practical experiences with local employers or community-based projects,
- persist in STEM-related training and courses of study that correspond to workforce needs in the community, or
- be hired for STEM-related jobs in Hawai‘i and persist in STEM-related careers.
- Evaluation also will consider how the program proposes to measure and track these results to demonstrate impact over time.

Programs are encouraged to use existing tools, resources and standards to achieve the CCL program goal. These include, but are not limited to:

1. Aligning proposed grant activities with HIDOE Career Readiness strategies and Hawaiʻi Industry Sectors
2. Increasing utilization of “live” Hawaiʻi-based datasets for decision-making, including the P-20 Hawaiʻi Data eXchange and/or Hawaiʻi Industry Sectors career exploration website
3. Connecting teachers and students with relevant industry experts using NEPRIS
4. Expanding effective local programs like STEMworks or implementing existing career planning tools like the Area Health Education Center’s Hawai‘i Health Career Navigator.
5. Connecting high school and college students and emerging workers to existing employer-driven internship programs
6. Fostering a network in your community’s STEM learning and workforce space

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182849

Estimated Size of Grant:

HCF anticipates that grants will range from approximately $5,000 - $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant awards will be for one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only applications satisfying all of the following eligibility requirements will be considered:

- Non-profit organizations with tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status and in good standing, or units of government such as Hawaii’s public schools are eligible to apply. If your organization or project is not currently a 501(c)(3) organization, you may be able to work in partnership with a fiscal sponsor.

- Organizations must be currently providing services in the State of Hawaii and have been providing those services in Hawaii for a minimum of 2 years.

- Organizations must be in good standing with HCF. Organizations currently funded by HCF with overdue final reports, as of the proposal deadline, are not eligible to apply.

- Organizations must provide programs serving Hawaii County or Kauai County.

Grants may not be used for the following:

- Business or organization start-up plans;
- Fundraising events;
- For the benefit of specific individuals;
- Endowments
- Major capital improvements including campaigns, construction or renovations (minor capital improvements required to implement programs are allowable).

Pre-Application Information:

Submit your application no later than 4:00 p.m. HST, Friday, January 25, 2019.

Only complete, online applications will be accepted. The online Career Connected Learning
application will be available on December 3, 2018. If you are a new user, click “New User Registration;” the registration process may take up to 2 days so please register early!If you are a new user, click “New User Registration;” the registration process may take up to 2 days, so please register early.

Because there are two categories for proposals (K-8th Grade or 9th Grade up to Early Career), the online application will provide a separate application form for each category and applicants will be asked to choose one.

Submit your application by clicking the “Submit” button at the end of the application no later than 4:00 p.m. HST, February 15th, 2018.

Grant award decisions will be made no later than the middle of April, 2019.

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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 questions about registering your nonprofit on-line, the on-line application process, contact:
Kayla Abalos
(808) 566-5508

For questions about the RFP:
Tom Matsuda, Program Director
(808) 566-5549

For technical issues, please visit the Help Desk at

827 Fort Street Mall
Honolulu, HI 96813

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USA: Hawaii: Hawaii County and Kauai County