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Projects that include one or more of the following will be given priority by the Trustees in grantmaking:

  • Accurate needs assessment and clear project or program outcomes.
  • Innovative methods of delivering programs so that families and/or early childhood providers have easy access to support.
  • Partnerships between several agencies so as to avoid duplication and to maximize program efficiencies.
  • Methods which support access for families who have traditionally been underserved.
  • Coverage throughout the state, particularly in underserved communities.

Grants will generally be in the range of $5,000 to $25,000. Funding for up to three years is available for projects. However, organizations must submit a proposal each year for funding, giving an update on the previous years activities. Grants for major capital improvements typically range from $10,000 to $100,000.

Grant requests will be considered only from organizations that are classified by the IRS as 501(c)(3), tax exempt agencies, and not private foundations. Proposals submitted by government entities, such as public and charter schools, will not be considered. However, projects that include a public sector partner are encouraged, as it is recognized that public agencies have responsibilities in these areas and are important partners in developing early childhood programs, particularly at the system level. The fiscal agent for such projects, however, must be a non-profit organization.


What We Do Not Fund
  • Charter Schools
  • Endowments
  • Regular operating costs such as salaries, rents, or maintenance
  • More than 40%-50% of total project cost
  • Programs not open to all racial and ethnic groups
  • Projects in which parents and the community have not been appropriately involved in planning and funding
  • Publication projects
  • Generally, organizations outside Hawai‘i
  • General student scholarships for tuition, travel, or conferences
  • Video projects
  • Annual fund drives or sponsorships

All organizations submitting a proposal should contact the Foundation office to discuss the request before the proposal is prepared.


The Advisory Committee: To assist the Foundation in its grant making priorities, a community advisory committee is consulted periodically for their expert opinions and knowledge of early education. Members of the committee come from Academia, the pre-school provider community, philanthropy, child advocacy and policy.