Biennium Grants

Biennium Grants FY2020-FY2021

The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-2021 Biennium Grants applications are anticipated to launch by early March 2019.  This grants cycle is a transition as the SFCA will be procuring a new software system and developing a grants management system to manage all the SFCA grants including Biennium Grants, Artists in the Schools, Art Bento HiSAM education programming, Fellowships, Culture learning, Professional Development, Folk and Traditional Arts Culture Grants, Apprentice Mentoring, Art Acquisition Selection Committees and all others.

The intent of the change is to simplify the process for the grant applicant and streamline management of the grants resulting in cost savings which will be made available for additional grant funding. If you would like to be notified when the Biennium Grant application becomes available, please email

Fiscal Year 2018 Biennium Grants

In FY 2018 (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018), $492,476 was disbursed to organizations through the Biennium Grants Program, one of the core pillars of the State Foundation’s commitment to promote, perpetuate, preserve and encourage culture and the arts. Grants are awarded in five categories: Arts Education, Community Arts, Heritage & Preservation, Presentation, and Performing Arts. A list of the grantees for Fiscal Year 2018 is available in the SFCA’s Annual Report: Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report.

About the Biennium Grants Program

The Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) provides public funds via its Biennium Grants Program to support projects designed to preserve and further culture, the arts, history, and/or the humanities beneficial to Hawai‘i. The legal provisions of the Biennium Grants Program are in Sections 9-11 through 9-18 of the Hawai‘i Revised Statutes. The Grants Program budget is contingent on the State fiscal biennium and appropriations from the Hawai‘i State Legislature. Through this program, funding is awarded to organizations conducting programming in the arts, culture, history and the humanities that benefit the people of Hawai‘i.

About the Biennium Grants Process

The SFCA Biennium Grants are awarded for a two-year period. During the application period, all applications received by the application deadline are considered. Applicants are subject to meeting Chapter 9 eligibility requirements and policies established by the SFCA. Grants Panels review the applications and submit their recommendations. The SFCA Board of Commissioners has final approval of the recommendations. Grants are subject to available funding; for more information, please read the SFCA Biennium Grants Allocations Policy PDF.


For more information about the Biennium Grants Program, contact Marissa Abadir, SFCA Community Arts Coordinator, at (808) 586-0309 or