The fund supports organizations that improve the quality of life for residents of West Hawaii, on Hawaii Island from North Kohala through Hawaiian Ocean View Estates.
The West Hawaii Fund is now a part of the new FLEX Grants program at the Hawaii Community Foundation. Using a common, on-line application, FLEX Grants were created to provide Hawaii’s nonprofits with a source of flexible unrestricted support so that they can continue to provide needed programs in the community. This support allows an organization to prioritize its own needs, and to respond to unforeseen opportunities or community needs. Funds may be used for a variety of purposes such as administrative costs, program costs, or salaries. FLEX Grants are intended to support organizations that can demonstrate the health of their organizational infrastructure, the effectiveness of their programs, and the role and importance of their organization in its community. HCF recognizes that health and effectiveness will look differently depending on the size and maturity of the organization. This program is not intended to fund start-up projects or organizations. Organizations will only be considered for grants from this fund when the purpose, such as geographic or areas of interest, are a match.
For current grantees, please see the Final Report Guidelines below.