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Grants to Hawaii Nonprofit and Faith-Based Organizations to
Build Services for Children and Youth in Foster Care

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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 to $40,000 to Hawaii nonprofit and faith-based organizations providing services to foster children and their families, and to youth transitioning from foster care. Funding is intended to increase the capacity of community organizations and programs. Eligible programs should demonstrate excellence and impact in serving the children, youth, and caregivers involved in the state’s child welfare or child and adolescent mental health systems.

The Foundation seeks to support projects that will increase the capacity of the organization, the program, or the system in the community to deliver quality services to the clientele described under Eligibility Requirements. Capacity-building efforts may address:

  • Governance and leadership;
  • Strategic relationships;
  • Evaluation and impact;
  • Resource development;
  • Internal operations and management;
  • Program design, delivery, and evaluation;
  • Executive and key staff transitions; and
  • Staff training.

The strongest proposals will be those that meet all or most of the following criteria:

Readiness to Build Capacity:

  • Organization demonstrates awareness of its strengths and weaknesses.
  • Planning and/or self-assessment have taken place prior to beginning project.
  • Project is based on a well-considered strategy.
  • Project timing is relevant for the organization’s stage of development.
  • Board supports and is engaged in the project. If the project is program-based, upper-level management supports and is engaged in the project.
  • Organization demonstrates an ability to evolve, learn, and be responsive to change.

Integrity of Proposed Project:

  • Project is focused and well defined.
  • Project identifies clear outcomes and measures of success.
  • Appropriate stakeholders are involved in the project.
  • Project budget is adequate, relates to the project narrative, and costs are reasonable.
  • If a consultant is involved in the project, that person is qualified to undertake the project

Potential for Impact of the Project:

  • Project will build substantial new capacity within the organization, program, or system.
  • Project positions the organization or system for greater impact in fulfilling its mission.
  • Project must involve an evaluation/measurement component.

Programming Excellence and Impact:

Organization’s programs demonstrate excellence and impact in serving the children, youth, and caregivers involved in the state’s child welfare or child and adolescent mental health systems.

Financial Condition

Organization’s financial condition is stable, or the proposal explicitly addresses financial management

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180530

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants generally range from $5,000 to $40,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants may be multi-year commitments, based on submission of satisfactory progress reports.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:

Tax-exempt Hawaii organizations are eligible to apply. Organizations may be either 501(c)(3) or religious organizations.

The majority percentage of the organization’s or program’s clientele or project beneficiaries must be:
- Children in the foster custody of a Hawai`i state government agency;
- Children placed by a Hawai`i state government agency in therapeutic foster placement or in kinship, foster, respite, guardianship, permanent custody, or adoptive families; or
- Their caregivers, or
- Current foster youth or young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who have aged out of the state child welfare or mental health systems.

Units of government and public schools are not eligible under this Request for Proposals. Fiscal sponsorships are not permissible.

Grants will not be made for capital, endowments, regranting activities, or operating costs.

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

This application is available for online submission. Your organization must first establish an online account with the Hawaii Community Foundation to access the online application.

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.

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

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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