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Grants and fellowships are major parts 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 and Fellowships

Grant NameGrantee SpecificationsEnrollment Dates
SFCA Culture FellowshipsIndividual artists and cultural practitionersApplications closed July 31, 2022
Apprentice MentoringCultural PractitionersTo Be Announced

Biennium Grants FY2025

nonprofit 501(c)3 arts and culture organizationsIntent To Apply August 1 - September 15, 2023. Project Application: September 1 - October 30, 2023.

Grants and Fellowships Details

The State Foundation on the Culture and the Arts (SFCA) Culture Fellowship utilizes American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding with support from the Hawaiʻi State Legislature. The Culture Fellowship is for active individual artists and practitioners living in Hawaiʻi, and is a project-based community impact arts and culture fellowship. Eight awards of $25,000 will be awarded. Applications June 15 – July 31, 2022 on

To promote and encourage appreciation of poetry and literary life in Hawaiʻi and the poetry community, while inspiring an emerging generation of new writers. The Hawaiʻi Poet Laureate will serve a three-year term, with duties including participation in events, a community-engaged poetry publication, facilitation of community-engaged poetry workshops, and readings featuring other local poets.

Nominations closed August 20, 2022 on

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

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.

Hawaiʻi GoSmart

SFCA American Rescue Plan Grants, Biennium Grants and Artists in the Schools Intent to Apply forms and grant applications are submitted through the Hawaiʻi GoSmart system (

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].