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
Biennium Grant 2023Nonprofit OrganizationsIntent to Apply closed September 30, 2021. Application September 1 - October 31, 2021
Apprentice MentoringCultural PractitionersTo Be Announced
SFCA American Rescue Plan (Organizations)Nonprofit organizationsApplication closed July 31, 2021
SFCA American Rescue Plan (Individuals)Individual artists and cultural practitionersApplication closed September 30, 2021

Grant Details

SFCA American Rescue Plan: Organizations

The State Foundation on the Culture and the Arts is utilizing American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to administer grants benefiting the state’s arts community. The deadline for application was July 31, 2021, and the application is now closed.

SFCA American Rescue Plan: Individuals

The State Foundation on the Culture and the Arts is utilizing American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to administer grants benefiting the state’s arts community. The application for Hawaiʻi teaching artists, traditional arts cultural practitioners, and or/Western-based and contemporary artists is open August 1 – September 30, 2021.

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.

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.

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.

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].