Grants and Scholarships For Community Causes and Students

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Hawaii Community Foundation invests charitable funds in communities across the State primarily through nonprofit organizations. Our core programs are designed to support a stronger nonprofit sector as we believe that these organizations are one cornerstone of a vibrant civic society.

We administer a number of grantmaking programs with targeted purposes or an island-based focus. Hawaii Community Foundation also assists several private foundations in delivering their grantmaking programs according to their specific strategies.

Our Competitive Grants

Each competitive grant program has its own funding priorities and proposal requirements. To find the funding sources that are most appropriate for your work, choose from one of the options below to begin your search.

Currently Accepting Applications

Organizational Capacity Building - Executive Transition
These grants support nonprofit organizations at the beginning of an executive transition process.

Community Restoration Partnership (CRP)
These grants provide support for on-the-ground lower watershed and coastal restoration projects in Hawaii that involve community stewardship activities and focus on durable sustainable impacts and near shore marine  areas.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

 Hawaii STEM Learning Partnership 
These grants support nonprofit organizations, in- or after-school STEM activities for students, STEM teacher professional learning programs or STEM internship programs.

Leahi Fund for Pulmonary Research - Scientific Research
The purpose of the Leahi Fund is “to support programs of research and education in, and the prevention of, pulmonary disease."

Medical Research
The Medical Research Program supports clinical and basic research in a variety of areas determined by the source of funding. For specific areas of research refer to the RFP.

The Cecil “Guy” Marshall Fund 
The Marshall Fund seeks to support schools that have established or are working to establish the International Baccalaureate World School program (IB). The Fund also seeks to support school administrators or board members who are interested in learning more about the IB program for their school.

Private Foundations

Applications for these private foundation along with application processes and deadlines can be found on the individual private foundation's websites listed below.

Atherton Family Foundation
The Atherton Family Foundation supports a broad spectrum of programs and projects that benefit the people of Hawaii

Cooke Foundation, Limited
The Cooke Foundation supports endeavors in the community that the family believes will make a significant difference in the betterment and welfare of the people of Hawaii.

Fred Baldwin Memorial Foundation
The Fred Baldwin Memorial Foundation supports projects that benefit the people of Maui County.

Victoria S. and Bradley L. Geist Foundation
Hawaii Community Foundation also administers several grantmaking programs for the Victoria S. and Bradley L. Geist Foundation. The information regarding their application processes and deadlines can be found below:

Victoria S. and Bradley L. Geist Foundation - Capacity Building
Supports projects to increase the capacity of organizations and programs to deliver and grow quality services to foster children and their families.

Victoria S. and Bradley L. Geist Foundation - Enhancements
The purpose of the Foundation's Enhancements for Foster Children program is to enhance the lives of foster children by providing items and services that allow them to enjoy a quality of life similar to that of their peers.

Victoria S. and Bradley L. Geist Foundation - Supporting Foster Children and their Caregivers
Supports foster children and their families.

Victoria S. and Bradley L. Geist Foundation - Supporting Transitioning Foster Youth
The Foundation supports the Hawaii Youth Opportunities Initiative, a Co-Investment site with the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.

For more information regarding private foundations and their available grantmaking please call (808) 566-5540 or email us at

Grant Applications Closed for the Year

These grants are no longer accepting applications for rest of the year.

Flex Grants
According to national surveys, nonprofit organizations rate unrestricted support as one of the most important actions funders can take to support their work and improve results. Unrestricted funds can provide nonprofits with funding to enhance their effectiveness and assist them with meeting ongoing operating expenses and unanticipated costs.

Family Literacy & Hawaii Pizza Hut Literacy
To increase the access to and quality of literacy programs for Hawaii's residents. For Family Literacy Programs, the focus is on families with young children (ages 0-8) that focus on programs that increase the educational achievement of both children and adults to improve the family's economic status over time.

Hawaii Children’s Trust Fund:  Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention  
Seeks to support young parents and the healthy development of their children by providing multi-year program support to nonprofit organizations that focus on protecting children through a family-strengthening program. 

Leahi Fund for Pulmonary Research - Junior Investigator Clinical Research Career Development

The purpose of the Leahi Fund is to "support programs of research and education in, and the prevention of, pulmonary disease." This award is intended for junior faculty members of University of Hawaii (and other Hawaii-based universities).

Pillars of Peace Hawai‘i - Social and Emotional Learning Program 
This program is part of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s (HCF) Pillars of Peace Hawai‘i (PoPH) initiative (see The initiative began with visits of global peace leaders to Hawai‘i, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Aung San Suu Kyi. While the global peace leader visits will continue to be a part of PoPH, the primary goal of the program is to have a more direct and sustainable impact on our youth, to encourage compassionate behavior and acts of aloha, and to grow ethical leaders for Hawai‘i’s future. PoPH strives to reach student audiences with messages and training that reinforces positive behaviors, discourages risky and negative actions, and encourages healthy and successful futures.
The 2016 Request for Proposals for the “Building Peace and Compassion Through Social and Emotional Learning” program is no longer available.
HCF also funded a three-year evaluation of the new "Building Peace and Compassion Through Social and Emotional Learning" program. For more information contact Robbie Kane, 

Tobacco Cessation

3-year grant beginning July 1, 2016 to qualified non-profits on all islands to provide free smoking cessation services to Hawaii residents. Grant RFP emphasizes interventions and counseling for populations with the highest smoking prevalence rates, such as Native Hawaiians, homeless, mental health and substance abuse, LGBT, and low socio-economic status.

Tobacco Youth Prevention Program
For organizations interested in developing counter-marketing strategies for preventing Hawai‘i youth from using tobacco products.