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Enhancements for Foster Children Program

Grants to Hawaii Nonprofits and Agencies to
Improve the Quality of Life for Foster Children

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) - Victoria S. and Bradley L. Geist Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/15/21 5:00 PM HST


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Hawaii nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and government agencies for items and services that will improve the lives of foster children. Funding is intended to support foster children and youth under age 18, or youth under age 21 who remain in the foster care system while attending high school. The funds are offered in the belief that every child is special and that their growth should be nurtured and celebrated.

“Enhancement items and services” means:

  1. Extracurricular activities (e.g., graduation or prom attire, field trips, athletic uniforms);
  2. Hobbies, sports, and cultural activities (e.g., hula lessons, soccer registration);
  3. Intersession activities (e.g., summer camp);
  4. Facilitation of transition into adulthood (e.g., driver’s education, copy of birth certificate);
  5. Quality of life enhancements (e.g., modest birthday and holiday presents, books, toys).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165437

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $5,000 to $50,000. Grantees may request additional funds if all enhancement funds are expended before the end of the grant period.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is from January 1 through December 31, 2021. Requests for up to three years will be considered. If funded, subsequent years will be contingent on the submission of satisfactory progress reports.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Tax-exempt Hawaii organizations are eligible to apply. This includes nonprofit organizations, 501(c)(3) organizations, religious organizations that are exempt from taxation, and units of government.

“Eligible child” means a person who:
- Resides in Hawaii; and
- Is under 18 years of age, or is under 21 years of age and remains in the foster care system because he or she is attending high school;
- Is placed by a Hawaii state government agency in therapeutic foster placement or in kinship, foster, or respite care;
- Is placed by a Hawaii government agency in permanent custody.

Applicants may apply for more than one grant program as long as their project meets the specified guidelines for each.

The following restrictions apply:

(1) Each expenditure must respond to a specific request made by an eligible child’s foster caregiver, social worker, therapist, school counselor, guardian ad litem, or similar professional service provider for a specific item or service that will enhance the child’s quality of life.
(2) Payments must be made to vendors for the benefit of eligible children. Payments must not be made directly to children or their foster caregivers.
(3) Enhancements funds are not intended for basic living expenses such as housing, groceries, medical and dental care, and ordinary tuition expenses.
(4) Grantees may expend no more than $500 per eligible child during the grant period.
(5) Grantees may spend no more than 10% of the project budget on administrative fees.
(6) Grantees must return all unexpended funds at the end of the grant period.
(7) Grantees may request additional funds if all enhancement funds are expended before the end of the grant period.
(8) Grantees must submit a final report by January 31, 2022. The Foundation may require interim reports. The Foundation does not accept proposals from organizations with overdue reports.

Generally not funded:
- Endowments
- Loans
- Individuals (with the exception of the scholarships program)
- Large capital projects (with rare exceptions)
- Funding after an event has occurred

Pre-Application Information:

For applications to be considered they must be submitted online by clicking the “Submit” button on the final page of the application. Applications submitted by 5:00 p.m. (HST) on September 15, 2021 will be considered at the next Board of Trustees meeting in November.

If you are new to the online application process, please remember to set up your online account to access the application. Please click the link to the Nonprofit Gateway and click New User. Keep in mind that it may take 3 days to process….please plan accordingly.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and apply online:

For more information, contact Kehau Meyer via email at or call (808) 566-5537 or toll-free from neighbor islands (888) 731-3863.

Victoria S. and Bradley L. Geist Foundation
827 Fort Street
Honolulu, Hawai'i 96813-4317
(808) 566-5524

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