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.

Currently Accepting Applications

The 2019 application period is closed.  Grant decision notifications for Lanai Community Benefit Fund and Annie Sinclair Knudsen Memorial Fund (Kauai) will be made in mid-October 2019.  Grant decision notifications for East Hawaii Fund, West Hawaii Fund, and Kukio Community Fund will be made at the end of November 2019.  Grant decision notifications for Ewa Beach Community Fund, Kahuku Community Fund, and Ka Papa O Kakuhihewa Fund will be made at the end of January 2020.

Application Deadline
2019 Closed

Applications Currently Closed

Ewa Beach Community Fund
The purpose of the fund is to support activities and projects of charitable agencies that work to improve the quality of life of the residents of the Ewa area.  Preference will be given to projects that address a community need and benefit the Ewa Community that:

  • Are conducted by organizations based in the Ewa area, have a history of involvement in the Ewa community, or are partnering with an Ewa organization, with strong preference given to groups based in Ewa Beach;
  • Involve or serve youth, particularly out of school time, or the elderly;
  • Are supporting program expenses, as opposed to personnel expenses.

Kahuku Community Fund
The fund was established with a broad purpose, "to be used for charitable and community purposes within the geographic district of Kahuku, bounded by Turtle Bay and Malaekahana."  Preference will be given to projects that address a community need and benefit the Kahuku community in the following areas:

  • educational opportunities, including early care and education
  • recreational opportunities
  • economic sufficiency for self, family and community; such as emergency assistance to individuals and families
  • social conditions such as crime, porverty, substance abuse or domestic violence
  • health care
  • strategic action plan around future development of the Kahuku community
  • greater understanding of traditional and contemporary cultural arts, practices and values of the Koolauloa moku

Ka Papa O Kakuhihewa Fund
The purpose of the fund is "to promote resource conservation programs for the community that would affect the use of natural resources such as water and land.  The goal is to promote and support programs that create and instill a conservation ethic in our keiki and ohana, an attitude that recognizes and respects living on an island of finite resources."
Preference will be given to projects that:

  • Promote natural resource conservation through:
    • Environmental Education, including curriculum for school-based programs, workshops, conferences, or seminars;
    • Video or film projects or public service announcements (PSA) promoting energy conservation, environmental education, natural resource stewardship or conservation;
    • Implementation of hands-on natural resource stewardship projects such as reforestation, eradication or invasive species, or reclamation of streams;
    • Alternative, renewable energy projects in conjunction with education programs; or
    • Acquisition or preservation of land for the purposes of conservation or sustainability, in perpetuity;
  • Benefit the geographical community identified by the zip codes of 96707 and 96792, essentially the Waianae Coast and Kapolei.  Note:  Groups not based in this community must demonstrate a partnership with an organization or community group based within the area by submitting a letter of commitment from the community partner;
  • Focus on youth (approximately 10-25 years), although intergenerational projects where youth are learning from the knowledge and experience of kupuna will also be considered; and
  • Demonstrate commitment to support the local economy by spending majority of the funds within the community.

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.

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.