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Victoria S. and Bradley L. Geist Foundation: Supporting Transitioning Foster Youth

Grants to Hawaii Nonprofits and Agencies to
Improve Outcomes for Youth Exiting Foster Care

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 $75,000 to Hawaii nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, and government agencies for programs that assist youth who are exiting foster care. Applicants must contact Foundation staff to access the application. Funding is intended for housing, health, education, employment, social capital, permanence, and financial capability.

Grant seekers are encouraged to align their proposals with the goals of the initiatives and to visit the Jim Casey website for more information at

Preference will be given to proposals that align with the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative. Successful projects and programs will demonstrate youth engagement in development and be designed to result in improved youth outcomes in one or more of the following areas:

  • Permanence – Every young person has an adult to rely on for a lifetime and a supportive family network.
  • Education – Young people acquire education and training that enable them to obtain and retain steady employment.
  • Employment – Young people support themselves by obtaining and retaining steady employment. 
  • Housing – Young people have safe, stable, and affordable housing and have access to transportation for work and school.
  • Physical and Mental Health – Young people have health insurance and access to services for both physical and mental health. 
  • Social Capital – Young people have supportive relationships in the community that help them achieve their personal goals.
  • Financial Capability – Young people manage their budgets and achieve their financial goals.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179660

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants usually range from $10,000 to $75,000 per year. Requests are considered in relationship to the size of the organization’s operating budget.

Term of Contract:

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:

Eligible applicants:
- 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.
- Programs must preferentially and primarily (more than 50%) serve current or former foster youth, age 14-24, who were in state child welfare or mental health systems after their 14th birthday, even if they were adopted or legally reunited with their birth families prior to the age of majority.

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

Capital requests and endowments will not be funded.

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 these dates will be considered at the next Board of Trustees meeting in the following months:
- January 15, 2021 for the March meeting
- May 14, 2021 for the July meeting
- September 15, 2021 for the November meeting

If your project aligns with the funding priorities, please contact Kehau Meyer to discuss your project and for access to the online application.

Your organization must first establish an online account with the Hawaii Community Foundation to access the online application. If you are requesting an account, it may take a few days for you to receive the account information. It’s highly recommended you request your account early to give yourself adequate time to complete the application by the submission deadline.


Contact Information:

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

Please go to to request an account or, if you already have an account, to access the online application.

For questions and to request access to the online application, contact Kehau Meyer at (808) 566-5537, or toll-free from neighbor islands (888) 731-3863 ext. 537 or

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

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