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Promising Minds Initiative

Grants to Hawaii Private, Public, or Nonprofit Early Childcare
Programs for Provider Training in Trauma-Informed Care

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

04/12/19 4:00 PM Hawaii Standard Time


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Grants of up to $3,000 and in-kind resources to Hawaii private, public, or nonprofit early childcare programs for training in trauma-responsive child development for care providers of young children, ages birth to five. Funding is intended for organizations that serve children in settings such as childcare centers, home-based childcare programs, and family-child learning programs. In addition to funding, West Ed will provide training, peer learning, mentoring, and facilitation of the Community of Practice Sessions over a period of nine months.

The Promising Minds Initiative exists to increase the healthy development of vulnerable children ages 0-5 and build resilience in those who have already experienced the negative effects of trauma in their short lives. Through the Promising Minds Initiative, the Fund hopes to set the foundations for positive early childhood behavioral health resulting in long-term benefits to individual children and families, as well as more children on-track for Kindergarten with social, emotional, and academic readiness.

A key goal of Promising Minds is to create trauma-responsive early-care and education settings with well-trained practitioners who know how to support the healthy development of all children, including the most vulnerable children. Trauma-informed settings promote positive development and help families cope with challenges; these environments help to decrease family stressors and increase the quality of the child-caregiver relationship, which can buffer against toxic stress and trauma. In trauma-responsive programs, practitioners know how to address challenging behavior and what is often underlying the behavior, as well as how to set up safe environments that promote social and emotional growth.

Program teams (2-3 people) will be expected to attend four in-person training and peer learning sessions. The Community of Practice in-person sessions will focus “skilling up” teams with evidence-based strategies as well as focus on real-time issues facing CoP participants. Additionally, participants will be expected to join monthly 90-minute CoP virtual sessions by computer/phone.

For topical training areas, see page 2 of the Guidelines.

Successful applicants will show that they have a:
1. Demonstrated program focus on at-risk families and children birth to five years old
2. Strong leadership commitment to incorporating trauma-responsive strategies in daily routines, program environment, policies and other practices, as well as a desire to support parents/caregivers in translating practices for the home environment
3. Willingness to share and learn from peers in other organizations by active participation in the Community of Practice
4. Willingness to share information and data with a third-party evaluator, and participate in evaluation activities in the spirit of improving the Promising Minds Initiative strategies and approaches
5. Commitment by leadership and key staff to participate in all sessions.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185608

Estimated Size of Grant:

The grant award will vary based on number of staff participating, program site location (neighbor islands), and other considerations, not to exceed $3,000.

Term of Contract:

West Ed will provide training, peer learning, mentoring, and facilitation of the Community of Practice sessions over a nine-month period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are organizations that currently serve children ages 0-5 in any of these four recognized early childhood settings: child care centers, family child interaction learning programs, licensed family child care, and home-based programs such as home visiting. Organizations may be public, private or nonprofit entities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Two information sessions about this opportunity will be held, in Honolulu and Hilo. Virtual participation in the information sessions will also be made available if you cannot attend in person.

- Hilo: Friday, March 29, 1:30 am-12 noon. Session location TBD.
- Honolulu: Wednesday, April 3, 1-2:30 pm at HCF’s office, 827 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu, HI 96813.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Amani Love.

Pre-Application Information:

Online Application Deadline: Friday, April 12 by 4 pm Hawaii Standard Time. If you are a new user, be advised that the registration process may take up to two days.

- March 14: HCF releases application
- March 29: Hilo location - Information session on Promising Minds opportunity to apply.
Friday, March 29, 2:30-4 pm at TBD.
- April 3: Honolulu location - Information session on Promising Minds opportunity to
apply. Wednesday, April 3, 1-2:30 pm at HCF’s office
- April 12: Applications due from programs, submitted online by 4 pm HST.
- May 3: Selected programs notified
- June 7: Inaugural CoP session (in Honolulu with full cohorts together). Please hold the
date on your calendar. Neighbor island participants will need to plan to travel

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 questions about this RFP or the application process, please contact Justina Acevedo-Cross at 566-5587 or

To RSVP for the Information sessions, contact Amani Love,, or 808-566-5554.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Hawaii