Grants are a major part of the SFCA’s outreach, providing funding to support nonprofit organizations, individuals and schools that provide training and services in the arts, culture, and humanities across the state.

Current and Upcoming Grants

Grant NameGrantee SpecificationsEnrollment Dates
Artists in the Schools (AITS)K-12 Educators and School AdministratorsFebruary 8 - April 30, 2021
Biennium Grant 2022Nonprofit OrganizationsIntent to Apply January 4 - March 1, 2021, Applications February 1 - March 31, 2021
Biennium Grant 2023Nonprofit OrganizationsIntent to Apply January 4 - March 1, 2021. Applications September 1 - October 31, 2021
Apprentice MentoringCultural PractitionersTo Be Announced

Hawaiʻi GoSmart

Biennium Grants and Artists in the Schools applications are submitted through the Hawaiʻi GoSmart system (

Biennium Grants applications for fiscal year 2022 are open through March 31, 2021.

Artists in the Schools applications for school year 2021-2022 will be open February 8 – April 30, 2021.

Grant Details

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Artists in the Schools

The Artists in the Schools (AITS) Program provides artist residencies in visual arts, dance, drama, music and literary arts for Hawai’i public and charter schools, grades K-12. Residencies integrate the arts with other core subject areas, such as language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. All state of Hawaiʻi public and charter schools are eligible to apply. Schools select a teaching artist from the SFCAʻs Artistic Teaching Partners Roster, and work with the teaching artist to develop the residency.

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Biennium Grants

Funding for organizations supporting programs and projects that advance the arts, culture, and the humanities in the lives of the people of Hawaiʻi.

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Folk and Traditional Arts: Apprentice Mentoring

To support advanced sustained training and mentoring of next-generation cultural practitioners, especially cultural practitioner teachers, in order to build cultural capacity living cultures in Hawaiʻi.

Grant Review Panelist Application

Get involved! Volunteer as a Grant Review Panelist and review applications for grant funding.

At the SFCA, we view art and cultural engagement as critical to the educational, economic, and social well-being of individuals, communities, and the state of Hawaiʻi. Panels are selected per Hawaii Administrative Rules, Chapter 92, and composed of arts professionals who represent a broad range of artistic and cultural viewpoints to review applications for grant funding. An arts professional is qualified by their activities, training, skills, and/ or experience in one or more forms. All panel members serve without compensation.

Please read before applying:  The Grant Review Panelist Application is administered through GO Smart. By clicking on ‘Apply’ you will be routed to the GO Smart platform and instructed to ‘Click here to create a new profile’. The information provided will be included as the cover page of your submitted application. Next, select the Current Programs & Applications, followed by Grant Review Panelist Application – ‘Start’. The application may take between 10-20 minutes to complete. You may stop and return to finish the application at any time. If you are in need of assistance, please email [email protected].