Hawaii Grant Resources

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If you’re looking for possible funders to support your organization, where can you start that search? Right here! Check out our list of Hawaii Funding Sources below for a list of the top giving foundations and corporations that provide grants within the state.

Now that you’ve found all types of potential funders, what’s next? Figuring out which of them to approach and how best to do that! Believe it or not, there are very important techniques involved in the process, and they frequently make the difference between a warm welcome for your application versus a swift, “No thank you.” Want to learn the ropes? Join our 5-day Grantsmanship Training Program to learn the details!

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Below are links to elected officials, funding sources and other useful agencies for grant-seeking groups in Hawaii. Please let us know about others that you feel would be helpful so that we can continue to improve this listing. Thanks!


Government Offices:

Governor Josh Green - (808) 586-0034, Honolulu

Senator Mazie K. Hirono - (202) 224-6361, Washington, DC

Senator Brian Schatz - (202) 224-3934, Washington, DC

Attorney General Anne E. Lopez  - (808) 586-0034, Honolulu

If you’d like to contact your other elected officials, click here on Hawaii State Officials.

Hawaii State Department of Health - The mission of the DOH is to protect and improve the health and environment for all people in Hawaii.

Superintendent of Education Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto - The superintendent is the chief executive officer of the public school system and oversees curriculum, instruction, and student support; human resources; fiscal services; school facilities; and information technology services.

Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations - There are thousands of nonprofits in Hawaii – each trying to make a difference on their own. HANO’s mission is to unite and strengthen the nonprofit sector as a collective force to improve the quality of life in Hawaii through the following approach: 1) Bring together a diverse alliance of nonprofits, statewide and sector-wide, to network, learn, share ideas, collaborate, and partner; 2) Advocate for the nonprofit sector to build community awareness of its value and how to invest resources; 3) Provide communications, tools, and resources to facilitate dialogue and gathering and disseminating information for and about the sector and the community; 4) Provide professional and organizational development–workshops on nonprofit best practices and capacity-building consulting services for nonprofits and community groups; and 5) Put the collective buying power of the membership to work to save member organizations time and money.

Commission for National and Community Service (CNCS) HI - CNCS is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. Last year, the agency provided $7.7M in grants to support the more than 3,600 volunteers of all ages and backgrounds who met local needs, strengthened communities, and expanded economic opportunity through national service in Hawaii. If you’re looking for volunteers and/or applying for planning grants through AmeriCorps Hawaii, Senior Core or their related services, this is place to start your search.

Association of Fundraising Professionals Aloha Chapter - AFP-AC advances philanthropy throughout Hawaii by actively promoting the practice of ethical and effective fundraising.  We are committed to education, training, advocacy, and mentoring in the field of fundraising for the benefit of all, with the spirit of aloha. Chapter members represent organizations on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island. Visit our online membership directory to find a professional in your area of interest.

Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii - VLHS provides free or low-cost legal help to low-income residents and the non-profit organizations serving them in communities across our state with the help of volunteers who contribute pro bono services. 


Hawaii Community Foundations:

Here’s a wonderful resource to explore: Hawaii has two Community Foundations providing funding and other services to nonprofits, schools, artists, churches, social justice and other groups through their own endowments and through their donor advised funds. Simply click on the Foundation names below for more information. Both provide grants throughout the Islands.

Want to learn more about Community Foundations before approaching them for funding? Click here on What’s a Community Foundation? The explanation will put you on a more solid foundation of understanding (pardon the pun!).

Hawaii Community Foundation - Based in Honolulu on Oahu, and with offices on the islands of Hawaii, Hilo, Kauai and Maui, HCF helps people make a difference by inspiring the spirit of giving and by investing in people and solutions to benefit every Island community. As the “go-to” place to learn about nonprofit agencies and resources available to them, charitable giving, and community issues, HCF tracks industry trends, commissions studies, organizes workshops and conferences, and disseminates information to the community. The Foundation distributes more than $44M in grants and contracts each year.

Hawaii Peopleʻs Fund - Based in Honolulu, HPF has helped to support, build capacity, and amplify the impact of grassroots social change movements in Hawaii since 1972. No other organization specifically addresses the needs of grassroots progressive movement building. HPFʻs intersectional philosophy ensures that applicants and awardees reflect a broad range of issue areas. Fueled by community-based philanthropy, we award small grants annually to Hawaii-based organizations working towards social justice, equity, peace, and positive change in our islands. We are dedicated to the most creative, passionate, and radical visions of community, bravely navigating the intersections of indigeneity, environment, race, class, labor, gender, art, technology, mental health, incarceration, food, and other crucial issues we face.


United Ways of Hawaii:

Here’s an interesting question: Which organizations know the specific needs of local neighborhoods from the inside out, and also provide grants and volunteers to address them? United Way Chapters! All United Way organizations around the United States are dedicated to supporting projects within the four main areas of Health, Education, Financial Stability and Disaster Recovery of Individuals. While they share this common focus, each UW chapter -- and each one in Hawaii -- also provides funding and support for programs customized to the needs of its local area. To find out more about the four United Way Chapters in Hawaii and their resources and nonprofit funding opportunities, please click on the links below:

Aloha United Way - Based in Honolulu, AUW is celebrating 100 years. We are committed to the health and well-being of our community. We understand our community’s greatest needs and opportunities, as well as the people and programs that can help. We currently support 320 local nonprofit organizations that deliver a wide range of services to the Hawaii community. In 2018, AUW supported these independent agencies that provided 920,000 service encounters for families and individuals in need.

Hawaii Island United Way - Based in Hilo, HIUW partners with you to invest in 54 health and human service programs that reach over 75% of Hawaii Island families and individuals each year.  All funded programs fall within the parameters of the following Community Care Impact Initiatives: 
Education – Encouraging and nurturing positive values to develop skills in children, youth and adults; Income – Empowering families and individuals to become financially stable; increasing self-sufficiency and independence; and Health – Providing for basic needs and a safety net of services that promote prevention and encourage healing and recovery.

Kauai United Way - Based in Lihue, KUW is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization, dedicated to serving the social needs of Kauai since 1943. We monitor our agencies throughout the year and re-evaluate social needs annually. This is your assurance that your hard-earned contribution will be used efficiently and directed where it will do the most good for our entire community. How important is Kauai United Way funding? Some agencies depend heavily on our continuing support and could not exist without us. Unlike grants from other sources, which often require that their donations be tied to special projects, Kauai United Way funding is unrestricted. Agencies can use our money for whatever purpose is most important to help them serve the people on our island.

Maui United Way - Based in Wailuku, MUW has stayed vital to our community since 1945 for good reason: we know how to put the right people together with the right resources to make the right things happen. We are working to address Maui’s most vital needs through the impact areas of Education, Income (sustainability) and Health. Our goal is to bring people, organizations and our community together around a common cause, a common vision, and a common path forward.


New Year's Proposal Writers Resolutions

As the developer, writer and steward of funding proposals, you might consider approaching 2024 with new ideas and new energy for the task. It’s a wonderful/terrible tradition that we make resolutions at this time of year, so why not think about these for your proposal-writing list.

A Classical Approach to Grant Proposals

Before campaign advisors, spin doctors, influencers or ad men, there was the Greek philosopher, Aristotle. His treatise, The Rhetoric, laid out a durable blueprint for creating persuasive arguments and the elements he described are as useful today as they were in 4th century BC Greece. As proposal writers, we sometimes get lost in the weeds of data, logic models, detailed methods and other granular stuff. Preparing persuasive proposals can benefit from reviewing these classical principles.

Logic Models, in Plain English

There comes a time when a proposal needs to include a logic model. Many foundations don’t require one but an increasing number are asking applicants to go beyond objectives and show, in a descriptive chart, the route you plan to take to get to the destination.

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