Grants and Scholarships For Community Causes and Students

Hawaiʻi Community Foundation
COVID-19 Response

In this together

Grantmaking from HCF’s Covid-19 Hawai‘i Resilience Fund (As of 12.15.20)


The COVID-19 situation in our state continues to evolve and present new challenges for all of us working in the social and civic sectors.

In March, HCF responded to the crisis by standing up the Hawai‘i Resilience Fund (HRF). To guide our giving, we activated our disaster response framework with a focus on grantmaking around four phases to address key goals.

Disbursement of CARES Act funds in the fall and winter, including more than $54M in funds administered by HCF, allowed for significant resources to support the needs of our community, from risk reduction to food security. At that time, HCF discontinued the open acceptance of grant proposals to preserve the time of our nonprofit partners, and staff reached out directly to organizations to solicit proposals aligned with gaps in funding and community needs.

With a significant gift made to HRF in December, HCF will shift to an RFP (request for proposal) process for the Hawai‘i Resilience Fund in early 2021. This process will allow us to address the incredible ongoing needs that our community is experiencing. At present, HRF resources remain focused on the following four areas:

  • Economic recovery with a focus on making capital available through community development financial institutions
  • Food security
  • Public health and the growing need for mental health services
  • Diversifying and building a resilient economy

If you are a nonprofit and would like to receive our emails with information on the RFPs, please visit this page to sign up. We anticipate our first phase of RFPs to be distributed in the first quarter of 2021.

For any questions that you may have about our grant funding and processes, please email us at For additional grant opportunities, please visit our Open Applications webpage.

We are incredibly inspired by the work of so many organizations and individuals that have cared for our community in critical ways during this unprecedented time. We are proud to work among you.