Grants and Opportunities (February 2023)

February 3, 2023

Questions regarding a particular opportunity should be directed to the organization listed with the opportunity. Inclusion here should not be interpreted as an endorsement. 

State of Hawaiʻi

  • City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation now accepting applications for Summer Fun staff The Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation and Department of Human Resources are now accepting applications for seasonal staff to assist with the 2023 Summer Fun Program. Hourly salaries upwards of $15.56/hour; contracts May 24 – August 4, 2023. Summer Fun is a city-operated, seasonal day camp where children are engaged in learning experiences in a fun and safe environment. Recreation aids conduct games, sports, arts and crafts, music and dance, and creative drama. Learn more and apply online:
  • City and County of Honolulu Oʻahu Historic Preservation Commission seeking candidates: the newly formed Oʻahu Historic Preservation Commission is actively seeking candidates. According to Bill 44, all members of the commission shall have professional, educational, or demonstrated work experience, or a combination therof, in…Architecture, History, Archaeology, Planning, Architectural History, Hawaiian culture, Anthropology, Ethnography, and Sociology. All members should also have a demonstrated interest, competence, and knowledge in historic preservation. Apply by sending your C.V. to [email protected].
  • Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities invites you to be a judge for 2023’s Hawaiʻi History Day district fairs The impact judges have on participants is profound, providing opportunities for students to discuss their work and receive written feedback from an outside resource. Students and teachers often cite the interviews and individual written feedback as highlights of this educational journey. Learn more and sign up on the Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities website:
  • Hawaiʻi International Film Festival 2023 Job Openings Current available positions: Programming Manager (year-round, full-time) and Partnerships Director (year-round, full-time). Learn more on the HIFF website:
  • Honolulu Museum of Art job openings currently include Drawing and Painting Studio Programs Teacher, Events Manager, and Director of Collections. For more information, please visit the Honolulu Museum of Art website:
  • Honolulu Theatre for Youth hiring Teaching Artist for 2023 Summer Program – full time through the month of June. For more information and to apply: Honolulu Theatre for Youth Teaching Artist.
  • Mana Maoli Hiring on Oʻahu for instructor or mentor positions, guest kumu (on-call substitute teachers), and short-term special topic mentors. The primary kuleana of the kumu is to foster student enjoyment and abilities in music, multimedia, or digital media (each class focuses primarily on one of these), as they increase college/career readiness and cultural grounding in the process. This will be done via piloting place and culture-based curriculum, developed and shared by Mana Mele’s Academy Design Team and instructors. For more information and to apply, please visit the Mana Maoli website:
  • Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture and Design hiring for Conservator and for Security Officers. For more information and to apply:
  • Workshop: Understanding Cash Flow Statements and Financial Ratios. The Patsy T. Mink Center for Business and Leadership presents an interactive workshop to help early start phase business owners better understand cash flow statements and financial ratios. Thursday, February 9, 2022 on Zoom, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Free. Register on the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business and Leadership website:

Calls for Artists in Hawaiʻi 

  • Call for Student Artists: City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation 2023 Mayor’s Memorial Day Poster Contest all Hawaiʻi students grades K-12 are invited to enter the City and County of Honolulu’s “Sew a Lei for Memorial Day” poster contest. Deadline: February 27, 2023. For additional information and entry forms, please visit the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation website:
  • City and County of Honolulu Board of Water Supply Student Contest (K-12) 2023 Water Conservation Week contest: “How Do You Save Water?” Contest deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2023. For more information and to submit entries, please visit the Board of Water Supply website:  
  • Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife annual art contest for the 2023-24 Hawaiʻi Wildlife Conservation and Game Bird Stamp. Oil or acrylic paintings, entries due by February 25, 2023. For more information, please visit the DLNR website:
  • Kauaʻi Society of Artists (KSA) Spring Show Entry Day February 25. Show open March 4 – 31, 2023 at the KSA Gallery at Kukui Grove Center. All KSA members are eligible to participate; Kauaʻi resident artists ages 18 and up may join KSA on entry day. For more information and to enter, please visit the Kauaʻi Society of Artists website:
  • Call for Entry (CAFE) 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:   
    • “Light and Shadow” a juried black and white photography exhibit at Wailoa Center (Hilo, Hawaiʻi Island). Entries due February 2, 2023. For more information, please view the call for artists on  
    • “In the Time of Climate Change”, University of Hawaiʻi-Hilo Art Department. International exhibition open to artists ages 18 and older. Deadline: March 15, 2023. For more information, please view the call for artists on
  • WESTAF BIPOC Artists Fund Applications due February 12, 2023. Are you a Black, Indigenous, and/or Person of Color (BIPOC) artist looking for support to advance your artistic practice and goals? Apply now to WESTAF’s BIPOC Artist Fund! The fund provides resources to and for BIPOC artists living and working in the 16 states and jurisdictions in the WESTAF region and aims to advance artistic practices and goals through no-strings-attached funding. The application deadline is February 12, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. MT. Don’t wait—apply now:
  • Job opening: US Regional Arts Organizations National Director. The United States Regional Arts Organizations (USRAOs) are a collective of six nonprofit arts service organizations committed to strengthening America’s infrastructure by increasing access to creativity for all Americans. Full-time position, fully remote. For more information and to apply: US Regional Arts Organizations National Director.

Federal Grants 

The website can be searched by eligibility, category, and more. Below are a few currently open grants related to arts and culture. 

  • Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service (U.S. FWS) 
    • U.S. FWS Youth Engagement, Education, and Employment Grant. Eligible applicants include nonprofits that reach or represent potentially underserved communities. Closing date for applications: September 10, 2023. For more information and to apply, please visit the website:
    • U.S. FWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. This 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. Eligible applicants include individuals, for-profit organizations, and nonprofits. Private lands include Hawaiian homeland properties. Closing date for applications: September 30, 2023. For more information and to apply, please visit the website:
  • Department of State, U.S. Embassy Apia, Samoa Public Diplomacy Grants Program PDS Samoa invites Statements of Interest (SOI) for projects that seek to do at least one of the following: strengthen U.S.-Samoa cooperation and coordination on global issues of shared interest (e.g. combatting climate change); promote the mutual benefits of tech and innovation; and promote stronger connections between the people of the United States and Samoa. Eligible applicants include individuals and nonprofits. Closing date for applications: August 1, 2023. For more information and to apply, please visit the website:
  • Library of Congress 
    • 2023 Library of Congress Literacy Awards for Organizations applications open through March 1: applicant information session Thursday, February 2, 1:00 p.m. EST (attendees must register for the session in advance: Literacy Awards Webinar Registration). The application rules and a downloadable application form may be accessed at Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on March 1, 2023. 
    • Be a Virtual Volunteer: help transcribe Library of Congress documents online Volunteers create and review transcriptions to improve search, access, and discovery of these pages from history.  
  • National Archives and Records Administration (NHPRC) 
    • NHPRC-Mellon Planning Grants for Collaborative Digital Editions The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), with funding provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seeks proposals for its planning grant program for Collaborative Digital Editions in African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American History and Ethnic Studies. Overarching goal to broaden participation in the production and publication of historical and scholarly digital editions. Application closing date June 7, 2023. For more information and to apply, please visit the NHPRC website:
  • 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:  
    • Challenge America Challenge America offers support primarily to small organizations for projects in all artistic disciplines to reach historically underserved groups/communities that have rich and dynamic cultural identities. Challenge America may be a good entry point for organizations that are new to applying for federal funding. The category features an abbreviated application, a robust structure of technical assistance, and grants for a set amount of $10,000. Register for a guidelines webinar on Wednesday, March 1 10:00 a.m. Hawaiʻi Standard Time (3:00 p.m. Eastern Time) to learn more: Application deadline: April 27, 2023.  
    • NEA Creative Writing Fellowships The 2023 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program will offer $25,000 grants in prose(fiction and creative nonfiction) to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Please go to the NEA website for more information: Application deadline March 8, 2023. 
    • 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 Division of Research Programs Fellowships The purpose of this program is to support individual scholars pursuing projects that embody exceptional humanistic research, rigorous analysis, and clear writing. 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. Deadline: April 12, 2023. For more information, please visit the NEH website:  
    • NEH Public Scholars Grant Eligible applicants: individuals. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Research Programs is accepting applications for the Public Scholars program. The program offers grants to individual authors for research, writing, travel, and other activities leading to the creation and publication of well-researched nonfiction books in the humanities written for the broad public. It encourages non-academic writers to deepen their engagement with the humanities by strengthening the research underlying their books, and it encourages academic writers in the humanities to communicate the significance of their research to the broadest possible range of readers. The program continues to offer special encouragement to independent writers, researcher, and scholars and others who have no long-term affiliation with an academic institution. Deadline: November 29, 2023. For additional information and to apply, please visit the NEH website:
  • U.S. Department of the Interior – National Park Service Department of Interior- National Park Service 2023 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NGRPA) Consultation/Documentation Grants and FY2023 NAGPRA Repatriation Grants CFDA Number 15.922 supports efforts determining the geographical origin, cultural affiliation, and other basic facts surrounding the acquisition of Native Hawaiian cultural items. Consultation and documentation projects should lead to determining control, treatment, repatriation, and disposition of NAGPRA cultural items. (May 12 deadline) 

This post was updated on February 6, 2023.

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