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Richard Smart Fund

Richard Smart

Richard Palmer Kaleioku Smart established the Richard Smart Fund at Hawai‘i Community Foundation when he created the Parker Ranch Foundation Trust to support healthcare, education, and charitable giving for the Waimea community on Hawai‘i Island. From 2001 to 2023, Hawai‘i Community Foundation distributed over $7.7 million to nonprofit organizations serving Waimea.

In 2023, HCF initiated Waimea Futures conversations to elevate community voices and engage a diverse cross-section of Waimea’s residents to update the grant program to address current interests, challenges and opportunities facing the community.

The Waimea Community Weaving Hui, a community advisory group, collaborated with HCF to apply the concepts generated from the community to support Waimea residents working together to bring about the desired future for Waimea.

As a result of these conversations, the 2024 Funding Opportunity will provide grants from the Richard Smart Fund to support nonprofit organizations based in Waimea that can describe what their kuleana is for Waimea’s future, how their work addresses critical opportunities for Waimea’s future, how it contributes to strengthening caring relationships, and how they effectively involve and engage with the community’s diverse people, organizations, and ‘āina.

The deadline to apply online through HCF’s Grants Portal is Friday, June 28, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. HST.

Associated Files:

2024 Richard Smart Funding Opportunity

Program Budget Form

Waimea Community Report

Contact Diane Chadwick at dchadwick@hcf-hawaii.org if you have any questions.