How To Apply

Our mission is to support our Hawaii community by investing in arts and culture, human development, environmental conservation, and economic security, with a particular focus on programs that serve women, children, and kupuna.

We see our role as not just a donor, but as a partner in philanthropy. We understand the challenges local nonprofits face and take a hands-on approach to help nonprofits strategically build capacity in order to create lasting change in our community.

Our application process takes each individual applicant into account. Please take note of what to consider before applying and our application process.

Before Applying

Prior to beginning the application process, please contact the foundation at in order to request a grant inquiry meeting with the executive director. Upon completion of that meeting, if there is a potential fit within foundation priorities, values alignment, and vision statements, you will receive the password to access our secure online application system. Thank you for your interest in the foundation. We look forward to hearing from you!

Aloha, everyone – We have decided to begin shifting our grantmaking strategy over the next two fiscal years (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024). We will not accept any new applications during this time, except for emergencies or crises. Examples of emergencies or crises include but are not limited to natural disasters, impacts due to the pandemic, supply chain issues affecting a critical need, or if you can show an imminent risk of closure of a program or organization you deem crucial to communities across Hawaii.

We will continue to work with existing grantees during this time, most of whom are in the middle of multi-year commitments we have made.

If you would still like to meet despite being unable to submit a new application in FY 2023, we are happy to consider your request to discuss how else we can support your organization and for future grant application purposes when we re-open to new applicants. We anticipate reopening our grant application to new applicants, in FY 2025 (July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025). 

We strive to be an ongoing capacity-building resource to all nonprofits who work in our focus areas.  This can include advising on fund development, staff training, board governance, public relations/awareness, leveraging other resources, introductions to other funders, public policy/systems change support, and Executive Director/CEO mentoring and guidance.

Our Application Process



Eligibility Requirements & Restrictions

  • Applicant must be a qualified Hawaii-based tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization or a 501(c)(3) organization on the Continent with a physical presence and operations in Hawaii. Fiscal sponsorships will be considered.
  • Generally, only one request per organization will be considered in each calendar year.
  • The Foundation does not fund loans, endowments, lobbying, festivals, and similar one-time events; it does not purchase advertising, attendance at, or sponsorship of commercial events; it does not provide scholarships.


Selection Process

Please note that your submission does not guarantee selection. In an effort to level the playing field — in particular for organizations with great programs that lack grant writing capacity — we carefully review each submission against the foundation’s selection criteria and work closely with applicants to provide open and honest feedback. We believe this will ensure your best work is presented to the board.


Application Procedure

In addition to completing an application cover sheet, we also ask for a proposal narrative to better understand your project, as well as formal documentation about your organization.

We accept online applications as our preferred method of submission. Directions for email and postal mail submissions are listed below in the event you’re unable to apply online.

If you are applying via email, please send a pdf of the application package to If the file size is too large, please send via Dropbox to


Reporting Deadlines and Process

Grant reporting deadlines will be established at the time of award, as they will depend on if the award is for a single year or multi-year. All reports must include:

  • A summary of the progress and outcome of the project, including reporting on all proposed outcomes/outputs, identifying successes, and addressing challenges encountered including lessons learned and strategies to address those challenges; and
  • A fiscal accounting of the grant or project expenditures (if flexible project or organizational funding is awarded).

Apply Online

Fill out our application package and upload your documents all online.