Grants and Scholarships For Community Causes and Students

Grants & Scholarships
Community Grants

Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) understands that unique and special qualities exist for each community and neighborhood throughout our islands. We believe that nonprofit organizations supporting these communities are best informed of the needs and opportunities that exist through the connections and relationships that they build every day.

The HCF Community Grants Program seeks to support nonprofit organizations in their missions to respond to and address community needs, helping to build and sustain vibrant communities throughout Hawaii. Specific community funds established at HCF will provide for grants to nonprofit organizations that address the priorities of each fund. These community funds had previously provided grants through HCF’s FLEX Grants Program; however, HCF recognized the need to revise its strategy to reach a broader range of community-serving organizations with targeted and intentional work in specific geographies and focus areas.

The Community Grants Program provides project or program-based funding to nonprofit organizations benefitting the communities and people of Hawaii. Specific community funds established at Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) support the Community Grants Program. Three (3) grant rounds will be conducted throughout the year. Each grant round will have different fund priorities. Fund advisory committees will review proposals and make grant recommendations to support projects or programs that are most consistent with the purpose and priorities of the fund. Future RFPs will be announced at later date. “Coming soon – Ewa Beach Community Fund, Ka Papa O Kakuhihewa Fund, Kahuku Community Fund.”

This program is now accepting online applications. You will need an online account to access the application. If you are new to our online application process, please register for an account by clicking the “Apply Online” button on this page and then clicking the link “New User Registration for Organizations.” Establishing the account may take up to three business days, so please establish your account early to allow ample time to complete your application. If your organization already has an online account, you may access the application using the same account user name and password. Click on the “Apply Online” button on this page to access the application.

Currently Accepting Applications

East Hawaii Fund
The purpose of the fund is to benefit the people and communities of East Hawaii, from Waipio Valley to Waiohinu.  The East Hawii Fund especially welcomes proposals that involve people and organizations from different sectors of the community who are working together to address an issue of concern to the community.  Preference will be given to projects that address a community need in one or more of the following areas:

  • Educational opportunities with an emphasis on early childhood, after school/out-of-school experiential opportunities for youth, and/or preparedness for education and career success
  • Strengthening intergenerational relationships
  • Economic sufficiency for self, family and community
  • Family-centered and integrative approaches to health care
  • Social conditions such as poverty, domestic violence, substance abuse or crime
  • Recreational opportunities with an emphasis on family and/or intergenerational activities

Kukio Community Fund
The Kukio Community Fund is interested in supporting programs that prepare Hawaii Island youth for success in school, work, and life by supporting education and youth development.

West Hawaii Fund
The fund was established for the benefit of the people and communities of West Hawaii, from North Kohala to Hawaiian Ocean View Estates.  The West Hawaii Fund makes grants for projects that improve the quality of life for the residents of West Hawaii.  The West Hawaii Fund especially welcomes proposals that involve people and organizations from different sectors who are working together in collaborations that increase networking and trustworthiness between people in the community.  Preference will be given to organizations based in West Hawaii.

Associated Files for East Hawaii, Kukio, and West Hawaii

East Hawaii, Kukio, West Hawaii Application Deadline
August 26, 2019, 4 p.m. HST

Applications Currently Closed

Lanai Community Benefit Fund
The purpose of the fund is to “promote and enrich the lifestyle of the residents of Lanai through the support of educational, cultural and recreational activities for the Lanai community with special emphasis on youth, young adults and senior citizens.” All projects must benefit the Lanai community. Preference will be given to projects that focus on youth, young adults or senior citizens and provide educational activities, cultural activities, or recreational activities.

Annie Sinclair Knudsen Memorial Fund (Kauai)
The fund was established with the broad purpose to “support organizations that benefit the people, flora and fauna of Kauai.” Funding is available for a broad range of community needs, including culture and arts, education, environment, health and human services.