Grants and Opportunities (October 2022)

September 30, 2022

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

City and County of Honolulu: 35th Annual Holiday Wreath Contest “Splashes of Joy”

The City invites Oʻahu residents to submit entries for the 35th Annual Holiday Wreath Contest. The contest makes its return after a two year hiatus and is part of the Honolulu City Lights celebration. Wreaths will be on display from December 3rd – 31st, in the Lane Gallery of Honolulu Hale. This year’s theme is “Splashes of Joy.” Entries must be submitted on Monday, November 28, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Lane Gallery of Honolulu Hale at 530 South King Street. Each wreath must include a contest entry form; early or late entries will not be accepted. Winners will be notified by Thursday, December 1, 2022. For more information, please see the City and County of Honolulu Department of Customer Services announcement: Honolulu City Lights Wreath Contest – Splashes of Joy.

Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities Call for New Board Members Open Through October 15

Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities is currently accepting applications for community leaders interested in joining our Board of Directors—an energetic and creative governing body committed to the humanities in Hawaiʻi. We are particularly interested in strengthening leadership in the following areas to help us grow as an organization: Maui, Hawaiʻi Island, and Molokaʻi humanities and community work, media and storytelling, K-12 humanities education, legal expertise, government/civic leadership, local business leaders. Ages 21 and up are welcome. For more information, please read the HI Humanities August newsletter:

Kahilu Theatres Call for Exhibitions

Kahilu Exhibits, located in the galleries at Kahilu Theatre in Kamuela (Waimea) on Hawai’i Island, is seeking proposals for exhibitions in their Simperman and Hāmākua Galleries to open in February 2023 and November 2023. Proposals from solo artists, artist groups and collectives, and curators with strong connections to Hawaiʻi will be considered through this Call for Exhibitions.

Exhibitions featuring all media are encouraged to apply including, by not limited to: painting, drawing, photography, fibers, mixed media, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, video art, sound art, installation, new media, fashion, jewelry, and traditional crafts. Entry deadline 10/24/2022. For more information, please visit the Kahilu Exhibits listing on

Calls for Artists in Hawaiʻi

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:

  • Hawaii Nei Art Exhibition 2022: All media juried exhibition celebrating the native flora and fauna of Hawaiʻi Island. Open only to Hawaiʻi Island artists. Entry deadline 10/14/22.

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 National Park Service

Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Culture and Arts Development Grant Program

Grants will enhance culture and art programs, including traditional and contemporary expressions of language, history, visual and performing arts, and crafts. Programs may (1) provide scholarly study of, and instruction in, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian traditional and contemporary arts and culture, (2) establish centers and educational programs that lead to degrees in Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian art and culture programs, and/or (3) establish programs that develop traditional and contemporary arts in the community through coordinate efforts to preserve, support, revitalize, and develop evolving forms of art and culture. Eligible applicants include nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS. Applications close October 31, 2022. For more information, please visit and search for grant opportunity P23AS00023.

Library of Congress

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 Public Engagement with Historical Records

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that encourage public engagement with historical records. The NHPRC is looking for collaborative projects that create models and technologies that other institutions can freely adopt, including the development of new tools that enable people to engage online. Collaborations should include archivists as part of the project team in addition to documentary editors, historians, educators, and/or people working in community-based organizations. Projects that focus on innovative methods to introduce primary source materials and how to use them in multiple locations also are more likely to create a competitive proposal. Projects that center the voices and document the history of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are especially welcome. In addition, with the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence approaching, the Commission is interested in projects that promote discovery and access to collections that explore the ideals behind our nation’s founding and the continuous debate over those ideals to the present day.

Application closing date: October 6, 2022. For more information, please visit the National Archives website:

NHPRC Institutes for Historical Editing

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to advance inclusive participation, training, education, dialog, and collaborative exchange amongst a diverse and growing community of academic and non-academic practitioners in the editing and publishing of historical records, including the related practices of digital scholarly editing, digital ethnic studies, digital history, and digital humanities. “We strongly encourage collaborative teams that include racially and ethnically diverse faculty and staff in key positions, and that include editorial, archival, and technical staff at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges, and/or other Indigenous and Native American tribal scholars and community members, and members of the Asian American community.”

Closing date for applications: December 8, 2022. For more information please see the announcement on the National Archives website:

NHPRC-Mellon Planning Grants for Collaborative Digital Editions, CFDA Number 89.003

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 please see the announcement on the National Archives website:

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

IMLS Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services 2023, CFDA Number 45.308

The Native American/Native Hawaiian Services grant program is designed to support Indian tribes and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians in sustaining heritage, culture, and knowledge through exhibitions, educational services and programming, workforce professional development, organizational capacity building, and collections stewardship.

Applications close November 15, 2022. For more information, please visit the IMLS 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:

NEA Literature Fellowships: Translation Projects FY2024, CFDA Number 45.024

Through fellowships to published translators, the National Endowment for the Arts supports projects for the translation of specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English.

Application closes January 12, 2023. 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 Digital Humanities Advancement Grants, CFDA Number 45.169

The Digital Humanities Advancement Grants program (DHAG) for organizations supports innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging digital projects, leading to work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. Deadline: January 12, 2023.

NEH Office of Digital Humanities (ODH)

Dangers & Opportunities of Technology: Perspectives from the Humanities (DOT), a new grant program from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Office of Digital Humanities (ODH), is a direct call for research that explores the relationship between technology and culture and its dramatic impacts—both positive and negative. 

Applications are due February 2, 2023, and awardees will be notified in August 2023. Register for a live webinar on Thursday, October 20, 2022, at 2 p.m. Eastern to learn more about the program and ask questions of program staff. For more information about this grant, please visit the NEH website:

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 Humanities Projects

The purpose of this program is to support projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences through in-person, hybrid, or virtual programming. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art history. Deadline: January 11, 2023. For more information, please see the announcement on the NEH website:

NEH Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations, CFDA Number 45.161

This program supports collaborative teams who are editing, annotating, and translating foundational humanities texts that are vital to scholarship but are currently inaccessible or only available in inadequate editions or translations. Typically, the texts are significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials, but works in other humanities fields may also be the subject of an edition. Applications close November 30, 2022. For more information, please see the announcement on the NEH website:

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