Grant Resources

Here is a listing of grants to get on your calendars for 2018. CNHA’s Hawaiian Way Fund is dedicated to increasing the capacity of nonprofits to attract funding. We look forward to offering grant training’s in 2018 to bring resources to your fingertip. Listed are a handful of grants in the local, state & federal government sectors as well as a few private foundation grant options.


City/Local Government

Grants in Aid (City and County)
Deadline: November 16, 2017
Match Funding Required: No
Grant Request Ceiling: $10k- Tier 1; $125K-Teir II
Type of Grant: State Government
Grant Purpose: Community Economic Development

Kauai County OED Grants
Projected Deadline: October
Match Funding Required: 1:1, cash or in-kind
Grant Request Ceiling: Varies by Program
Type of Grant: State Government
Grant Purpose: Economic Development

Maui County OED Grants
Line-item or proviso funding Deadline: October 31, 2017 (FY18 OED Grant Application)
General funding Deadline: January 2, 2018 (Submit Letter of Inquiry)
Match Funding Required: TBD
Grant Request Ceiling: Varies by Program
Type of Grant: State Government
Grant Purpose: Economic Development
https://www.mauicounty.gov/1787/OED-Grants


State Government

Grants in Aid (State)
Projected Deadline: January
Match Funding Required: No
Grant Request Ceiling: N/A
Type of Grant: State Government
Grant Purpose: Community Economic Development

Hawaii Tourism Authority (Kukulu Ola /Aloha Aina)
Projected Deadline: August
Match Funding Required: Yes, 1:1 w/ 20% cash
Grant Request Ceiling: $100,000
Type of Grant: State Government
Grant Purpose: Support organizations that support, strengthen and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and natural resources.

OHA Biennium Grants
Projected Deadline: February & July
Match Funding Required: No
Grant Request Ceiling: $500,000
Type of Grant: State Government
Grant Purpose: support projects, programs and initiatives that address OHA’s six Strategic Priorities

OHA Ahahui Grants
Projected Deadline: February & July
Match Funding Required: 10% total costs
Grant Request Ceiling: $10,000
Type of Grant: State Government
Grant Purpose: support projects, programs and initiatives that address OHA’s six Strategic Priorities


Federal Government

Administration for Native Americans
Projected Deadline: March-June (Varies)
Match Funding Required: 20%
Grant Request Ceiling: $400,000
Type of Grant: Federal Government
Grant Purpose: Social and Economic Development

Native Hawaiian Education Program
Projected Deadline: June
Match Funding Required: No
Grant Request Ceiling: $250,000 to $950,000
Type of Grant: Federal Government
Grant Purpose: The purpose of this program is to develop innovative education programs to assist Native Hawaiians and to supplement and expand programs and authorities in the area of education.

USDA Grants and Loans
Projected Deadline: Varies
Match Funding Required: Varies
Grant Request Ceiling: $10,000 to $500,000
Type of Grant: Federal Government
Grant Purpose: Provide numerous services and funding for the rural and farming organizations/areas.


Private Foundation

Common Counsel Foundation
Projected Deadline: January & June
Match Funding Required: No
Grant Request Ceiling: $10,000
Type of Grant: Foundational Grant
Grant Purpose: To support and collaborate with organizations that supports advocacy and voter engagement for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Communities

Hawaii Community Foundation (FLEX)
Projected Deadline: May
Match Funding Required: No
Grant Request Ceiling: $50,000
Type of Grant: Foundation Grants
Grant Purpose: Support organizations and groups that can be high-performing; in understanding their community, achieving significant results, and fiscally healthy.

Castle Foundation Grants
Projected Deadline: January, April, August, or November
Match Funding Required: No
Grant Request Ceiling: Varies
Type of Grant: Foundation Grant
Grant Purpose: Public education redesign and enhancement, nearshore marine resource conservation, strengthening Windward O‘ahu community and youth.

Charity Walk, Hawaii Hotel Industry Foundation
Projected Deadline: April
Match Funding Required: No, in-kind contribution is participation in walk
Grant Request Ceiling: $10,000
Type of Grant: Foundation grants
Grant Purpose: Supporting local charities that assist in making changes in the lives of the many.

First People’s Fund, Native Artists Fellowship
Projected Deadline: October
Match Funding Required: No
Grant Request Ceiling: $5,000
Type of Grant: Foundation Grant
Grant Purpose: Strengthening business skills and ensure that art, culture, and ancestral knowledge are passed down to the next generation.


Fast-approaching Deadlines

VOTE TO RISE is a statewide initiative administered by CNHA to mobilize the Native Hawaiian vote. Through generous donations by local and national funders, CNHA is committed to year-round voter registration and engagement through varied registration methods, phone banking, mailers, rides to the polls, voter education, building a voter database, sub-granting to other organizations for civic engagement purposes, and much more. Deadline: Until resources are no longer available. Grant Ceiling: $500-$10,000. Email: policy@hawaiiancouncil.org.

ANNIE’S GRANTS FOR GARDENS offers grants to develop edible garden projects that help connect kids to nutritious food. Geographic coverage: Nationwide. Deadline: 11/11/2017. Visit http://www.annies.com/giving-back/grants-for-gardens.

WHOLE KIDS FOUNDATION is offering grants to support new or existing edible gardens at K-12 schools and nonprofit organizations. Geographic coverage: nationwide. Deadline: 11/15/2017. Visit www.wholekidsfoundation.org

USDA AND THE USDA NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE are offering grants to plan or implement food projects designed to meet the needs of low-income individuals and increase community self-reliance concerning food and nutrition. Geographic coverage: Nationwide. Deadline: 12/4/2017. Visit https://nifa.usda.gov/

THE LAURA JANE MUSSER FUND encourages collaborative and participatory efforts among citizens in communities in Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wyoming, as well as Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy counties in Texas. Through the Rural Initiative Program, the Fund supports efforts that will help to strengthen individual rural towns in the targeted states in a number of civic areas, including, but not limited to, economic development, business preservation, arts and humanities, public space improvements, and education. The applicant community must have a population of 10,000 or fewer and must be able to demonstrate the rural characteristics of their location and support from a diverse cross-section of community members and institutions. Planning grants of up to $5,000 and implementation grants of up to $25,000 are provided. Deadline 11/2/2017. Specific grant guidelines and application procedures are available at www.musserfund.org

HUD is offering Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants designed to address struggling neighborhoods with distressed public housing or other HUD-assisted housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. Eligible grantees include Public Housing Authorities, local governments, tribal entities, nonprofits, and for-profit developers that apply jointly with a public entity. Deadline: 11/22/2017. Visit here to apply: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/public_indian_housing/programs/ph/cn

USDA’s Rural Housing Service is accepting pre-applications for the Multifamily Preservation and Revitalization program. Properties serving census tracts in persistent poverty counties or other areas with special housing needs will get extra points. Pre-applications requesting multiple MPR funding tools are due 12/1/2017. Funding guidelines are available in the Federal Register notice at: https://www.rd.usda.gov/publications/regulations-guidelines/federal-register

YOUTH SERVICE AMERICA (YSA) is partnering with Hasbro’s signature philanthropic initiative, BE FEARLESS BE KIND, to encourage young people to stand up for others, include everyone, and take action when they see a problem. BE FEARLESS BE KIND Grants giving young people an opportunity to put their empathy, passion, and creativity into action as they help make the world a better place. Grants of $500, $1,000, or $2,000 will be provided to nonprofit organizations and K-12 schools throughout the United States to support youth-led community projects that take place through December 15, 2017. These projects should address meaningful local and global issues through Awareness, Service, Advocacy, and Philanthropy (ASAP). Deadline: applications will be accepted and grants awarded on a rolling basis until 10/31/2017. Visit the YSA website at www.ysa.org to learn more about the application process.


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