Grants and Opportunities (April 2022)

March 31, 2022

SFCA Hiring Now: Arts Program Specialist

The State of Hawaiʻi Department of Human Resources Development (DHRD) has posted the APS III (Folk and Traditional Arts) position to the DHRD website. The application process can take several hours, and a limited number of applications will be accepted by DHRD. If you know someone who may be interested in applying, the recommendation is to create an account and begin the application process as soon as possible. Apply online:

Federal Grants and Opportunities

U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service

Partners for Fish and Wildlife FY22

The Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative and grant agreements to private landowners to restore and conserve fish and wildlife habitat for the benefit of federal trust resources. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through September 20, 2022. Eligible applicants include individuals, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses. PFW projects must be implemented on private lands (in general, any property not state or federally owned). Private lands include Hawaiian homeland, city, and municipality. For more information, go to and search for grant F22AS00095.

National Archives and Records Administration

Publishing Historical Records in Collaborative Digital Editions
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to publish online editions of historical records. All types of historical records are eligible, including documents, photographs, born-digital records, and analog audio. Projects may focus on broad historical movements in U.S. history, including any aspect of African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American history, such as law (including the social and cultural history of the law), politics, social reform, business, military, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience. Projects that center the voices and document the history of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are especially welcome. Eligible applicants include nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. For more information, go to and search for grant EDITIONS-202206.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is the only arts funder in the United States—public or private—that provides access to the arts in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. jurisdictions. Each year, the NEA awards thousands of grants to provide everyone in the United States with diverse opportunities for arts participation. Learn more about how to apply, the process, and more on the NEA website:

NEA Challenge America

Challenge America offers support primarily to small organizations for projects in all artistic disciplines that extend the reach of the arts to populations that are underserved. Challenge America features an abbreviated application, a robust structure of technical assistance, and grants for a set amount of $10,000. Deadline: April 21, 2022. For more information, please visit the NEA website:

Volunteer to be a National Endowment for the Arts Panelist

Arts Endowment panelists play a central role in reviewing applications for funding. The NEA relies on panels composed of individuals who represent a broad range of artistic and cultural viewpoints, as well as wide geographic and ethnic diversity, to provide advice about the artistic excellence and artistic merit of proposals in a variety of funding categories. Panels are composed of both arts professionals and knowledgeable laypersons. Most panelists are arts professionals who are qualified by their activities, training, skills, and/or experience in one or more art forms. Every panel also includes a layperson – someone knowledgeable about the arts but not engaged in the arts as a profession either full- or part-time. Learn more on the NEA website:

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

NEH Fellowships

NEH Fellowships are competitive awards granted to individual scholars pursuing projects that embody exceptional research, rigorous analysis, and clear writing. Applications must clearly articulate a project’s value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Fellowships provide recipients time to conduct research or to produce books, monographs, peer-reviewed articles, e-books, digital materials, translations with annotations or a critical apparatus, or critical editions resulting from previous research. Projects may be at any stage of development. NEH invites research applications from scholars in all disciplines, and it encourages submissions from independent scholars and junior scholars. Applications due April 13, 2022. For more information, please visit the NEH website:

NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication

Through NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication, the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation jointly support individual scholars pursuing interpretive research projects that require digital expression and digital publication. To be considered under this opportunity, an applicant’s plans for digital publication must be integral to the project’s research goals. That is, the project must be conceived as digital because the research topics being addressed, and methods applied demand presentation beyond traditional print publication. Competitive submissions embody exceptional research, rigorous analysis, and clearly articulate a project’s value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. All projects must be interpretive. That is, projects must advance a scholarly argument through digital means and tools. Stand-alone databases, documentary films, podcasts, and other projects that lack an explicit interpretive argument are not eligible. Application due April 20, 2022. For more information, visit the NEH website:

National Park Service

NPS Youth Programs

National Park Service youth programs include internships and job opportunities for youth and young adults 15-30 years old and veterans 35 years old and younger. Learn more at []

Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant

US Small Business Administration (SBA) deadline: until funds are exhausted.

SVO Grants are available to

  • Live venue operators
  • Theatrical producers
  • Live performing arts organization operators
  • Relevant museum operators
  • Motion picture theater operators

Learn more on the US SBA website:  

Western Arts Alliance

Native Launchpad

Native Launchpad is the cornerstone program of Advancing Indigenous Performance (AIP), WAA’s national initiative to create new touring and presentation opportunities for US-based Indigenous performing artists. Four awardees will each receive direct financial and travel support, mentoring/coaching, career development and promotional benefits over three years — a package valued at $40,000. Applications, which are open to Native performing artists residing in the US and territories, are being accepted through 5pm PT on Wednesday, April 27. For more information and to apply, please visit the Western Arts Alliance website:

Native Artist Opportunity Fund

This new financial assistance award program will aid US-based Indigenous performing artists with short-term needs related to the promotion, development and sharing of their work or practice.  The program, which is open to Indigenous performing artists residing in the US and territories, is designed to be flexible and responsive to artists’ needs; artists may apply for funds for a wide range of eligible uses, with grants capped at $750. The program has a rolling deadline, with a monthly review process. For more information and to apply, please visit the Western Arts Alliance website:

Hawaiʻi Grants and Opportunities

Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities (HI Humanities)

Public Humanities Grant
Funding up to $10,000 and are HI Humanities’ broadest ranging grants. HI Humanities actively welcomes exciting and engaging programs seeking to promote deep thinking, conversation, and connection on issues that impact our communities in Hawaiʻi.

Preservation and Access Grant

Funding up to $10,000 and go towards funding projects that mālama our history, preserve resources that are important to a community, and make them publicly accessible to researchers, students, and the general public.

HI Humanities Grant Program Workshop April 7, 2022, 2:00 p.m.

Grant application deadline: May 31, 2022. For more information, please visit the HI Humanities website:

Bamboo Ridge Press

Submissions open for 45th Anniversary Bamboo Ridge Journal of Hawaiʻi Literature & Arts. Short story, creative nonfiction, poetry, stand-alone excerpts, essay, experimental forms. Especially interested in works that are rooted in place and culture.
Deadline: June 30, 2022. For more information, please visit the Bamboo Ridge website:

State Foundation on Culture and the Arts: Visual Art Consultant

Participate in making decisions about artworks for the SFCA Art in Public Places Collection. Informed community panelists make decisions at the SFCA regarding artwork purchases and gifts. Participate by volunteering as a Visual Art Consultant! Application on the SFCA website:

HiSAM Café Request for Proposals

The SFCA launched a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a vendor to provide food service for the State Art Museum café. Solicitation Closes on April 29, 2022. Solicitation is for providing regular meal service and catering. Priority consideration will be given to offers with a focus on food sustainability, culinary arts, cultural practice, supporting value added product development and creating opportunity. For more information, please visit the SFCA website:

Calls for Artists in Hawaiʻi

Hawaiʻi Craftsmen “Fiber Hawaii 2022” entry day Saturday June 4, 2022. Exhibit at the Downtown Art Center (Honolulu) June 8-26, 2022. For more information, please visit the Hawaiʻi Craftsmen website:

The Call for Entry (CAFE) website can be searched by state (choose the “sort by” menu on the left side of the screen). Search the Café website:

  • Plein Air Perspectives 2022: The 3rd Annual Hawaiʻi Statewide Jury Exhibition, sponsored by the Hawaiʻi Island Art Alliance and open to all Hawaiʻi based artists. Entry deadline 9/16/2022.

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