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Grantmaking Policies

group photoRegardless of priority status, there are certain policies with which applicant organizations must comply.

  • Organizations submitting proposals must be tax exempt, publicly supported and charitable as determined by the Internal Revenue Service. The Trustees will not review proposals from organizations that cannot confirm their 501(c)(3) status.

  • The Foundation's focus and chief priority is on early education (pre-K and kindergartens).

  • Grants are primarily awarded to organizations located within the state of Hawaii, for programs and projects benefiting the people of Hawaii.

  • Programs or projects for which funds are requested must be in response to a documented community need, and not solely an organizational need.

  • Grants may be awarded for innovative programs, demonstration projects and "start-up" funding. Program and project support does not generally exceed three years, and funding must be applied for on a yearly basis.

  • Programs improving access of low-income families to high quality early education are preferred.

  • Grants are awarded for partial funding of a program, as the Foundation rarely serves as the sole funder of an organization or project. Support rarely exceeds 50% of the program or project budget.

  • Special priority is given to pre-K teacher training.

  • Grants are generally not made to government funded entities, such as public and charter schools.

  • Grants are generally not made to endowment funds.

  • Grants are generally not made to third party regranting organizations.

  • All grants are made directly to applicant organizations serving the public.

  • An organization is generally not awarded more than one grant in any calendar year.

  • Proposals may be hand-delivered by the deadline date or mailed to the Foundation offices. Mailed proposals must be postmarked by the established deadline to be reviewed at the next meeting. The deadlines are February 1 for the April meeting, June 1 for the August/September meeting, and September 15th for the December meeting.

  • If additional information is required because the original proposal is incomplete, the proposal may be deferred to the next meeting of the Trustees.

  • All funded organizations are required to submit a final grant report within a year of the grant award date. This report should include a financial statement for the period in which grant monies were spent, and a brief narrative section describing the outcome of the funded program or project. Organizations not submitting such reports will be disqualified from future grants consideration. A project evaluation booklet is available from the Foundation office or on the Web site.

  • Generally, organizations will not be eligible for program or project support beyond 3 years. Subsequent to a 3-year grant, an organization should not apply for additional support for at least one calendar year.

  • Because of the often prohibitive cost of constructing new K-12 schools, the Foundation prefers to fund existing schools and encourages strategic use of existing space and structures.

  • The Foundation prefers funding existing pre-schools, but will consider grants to start-up pre-schools which have demonstrated broad-based and sources of financial support and a solid business plan for sustainability.

  • Successful accredited, or in the process of obtaining accreditation, pre-K schools.

Additional Requirements for Start-Up Pre-Schools & Kindergartens

Capital Project Proposals

  • Any organization asking for funds to renovate or alter leased facilities must possess a current lease for at least 5 years. Larger terms are preferred by the Trustees.

  • Capital proposals of more than $25,000 are considered by the Trustees at the December meeting only. Deadline for submission is September 15th.

  • Pledge commitments will generally be limited to three years.

  • During the period a recipient is receiving pledge payments, the Trustees will generally not consider any other funding requests from that organization.

  • All pre-schools requesting a capital grant must demonstrate a broad base of support and a viable business plan.

  • Organizations requesting support for capital projects should demonstrate substantial financial support from their board of directors and the community they serve.

  • Colleges and universities must demonstrate that their program request will advance early childhood education, care and well-being in Hawai'i.