Grants and Scholarships For Community Causes and Students

Grants & Scholarships
Open Applications

Hawai‘i 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. Hawai‘i 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 during or soon after an executive transition process.

Private Foundations

Applications for these private foundations 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 Hawai‘i.

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 Hawai‘i.

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
Hawai‘i 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 Hawai‘i 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 foundations@hcf-hawaii.org

Grant Applications Currently Closed

These grant applications are currently closed. Please check back periodically for updates on when they will be available.

2022 Youth Program - Building Resilience
Supported by the Rev. Takie Okumura Family Fund, this grant program is focused on building resilience for Hawaiʻi’s youth, particularly those at risk for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) between the ages of 6 and 20.

Career Connected Learning
Grants to organizations serving Hawai‘i Island to provide access to STEM learning that is tied to actual career opportunities in local communities.

CHANGE Grants
The CHANGE Framework acknowledges the interconnected nature of community issues and focuses on six essential areas that constitute the overall well-being of these islands and people. Grants will be awarded to organizations who are working in alignment of one or more of the CHANGE Framework sectors in their programming.

Specific geographic funds established at the Hawai‘i Community Foundation support this program and are conducted in three different grant rounds throughout the year. Each grant round will have different fund priorities.

Community Grants
The Community Grants program provides project or program-based funding to nonprofit organizations benefitting the communities and people of Hawai‘i. We believe that those working closest to the people they serve are best informed of the needs and opportunities that exist through the connections and relationships that they build every day.

Community Restoration Partnership (CRP)
This multi-year grant program provides support for on-the-ground lower watershed and coastal restoration projects in Hawai'i that involve community stewardship activities and focus on sustainable impacts and nearshore marine areas.

ESD Youth Prevention Program
For community-based non-profit organizations to help prevent the initiation and use of Electronic Smoking Devices by Hawai'i youth under age 18.

Family Literacy & Hawai‘i Pizza Hut Literacy
To increase the access to and quality of literacy programs for Hawai‘i's residents. The focus of the Family Literacy Program is on families with young children (ages 0-8) to engage parents/caregivers as their child's first teacher to "equip caregivers with tools, resources, and strategies to guide children's learning activities and language experiences at home."

Hawai‘i Children’s Trust Fund – Round 2
The Hawai’i Children’s Trust Fund seeks to support community organizations providing programs and services focused on child abuse and neglect (CAN) prevention. This two-year grant program will focus on primary and secondary prevention services that address the priority areas of mental health, substance abuse, and resources for parental resilience and family strengthening through evidence-informed and impact-focused programming.

Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority’s Kūkulu Ola & Aloha ʻĀina Programs
The Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority has partnered with HCF to administer its Kūkulu Ola & Aloha ʻĀina programs to support community-based projects focused on reinvesting into Hawaiʻi’s unique people and place. The Kūkulu Ola program supports programs and projects rooted in honoring and perpetuating the Hawaiian culture and community. The Aloha ʻĀina program supports programs and projects that respect, enhance, and perpetuate Hawaiʻi’s natural resources. After 15 years, these two programs represent HTA’s strategic focus on funding the community through tourism reinvestment from the Transient Accommodation Tax (TAT) as well as incorporating new destination management plans.

These programs are operated annually to create a long-term impact on Hawaiʻi’s people, place and culture to ensure a positive experience in Hawaiʻi for all. Each program has a unique Request for Proposals (RFP) outlining the respective program specifications and requirements.

Kūpuna Aging in Place Program for Elderly Services
Formerly known as the Persons in Need (PIN) program, this multi-year grant program supports organizations that provide a range of supportive services including community-based support services, adult day care & adult day health, and caregiver support services for low-to moderate-income kūpuna (seniors) age 65 and older and their caregivers so that kūpuna in Hawai‘i are able to age in place

Leahi Fund for Pulmonary Research - Scientific Research
A new funding opportunity is available to support a planning grant for qualified and experienced Clinical Research Investigators who are interested in conducting research related to the prevention and treatment of pulmonary conditions that are relevant to Hawai‘i and its local communities.  The overarching goal of this research opportunity is to achieve health equity by improving the care of rural and/or underserved communities disproportionately impacted by respiratory conditions in their environment.

Marine 30x30 Initiative Grants for a Community Capacity-building Cohort on Maui and Lānaʻi
We’re offering grant support and a technical assistance training program to a new cohort of community partners on Maui and Lānaʻi who are interested in working with DLNR’s Division of Aquatic Resources in the Marine 30x30 Initiative. The primary focus of this opportunity is to provide capacity support and training on a range of topics that will help to further their abilities to effectively manage marine resources in partnership with state and county agencies and other nonprofits or communities.

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.

Oscar and Rosetta Fish Fund
Provides assistance to families who have children needing speech therapy.

Promising Minds Clinical Partnerships
Promising Minds works across early childhood environments to promote wellness in young children from birth through age 5, including the prenatal and postpartum period, by increasing the capacity of adults to support the social, emotional, and behavioral development of keiki using a variety of research-informed practices. We are expanding this work to provide access points through clinical and health care settings. The goal of the program is to demonstrate high-impact partnerships with those settings to integrate and sustain Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) services as a standard of care.

Promising Minds Initiative
HCF has identified the wellbeing and development of our children under age five as a critical community issue at the heart of strengthening Hawai‘i’s communities. Early childhood development is a smart investment.

Puna Strong
Puna Strong has a community-based disaster management approach that values the knowledge and capacities of residents; builds on local resources, including social capital; and aims to increase community resilience. Community resilience is the ability for the community to efficiently use available resources to respond to, withstand, and recover from adverse situations such as the Kīlauea eruption of 2018.