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
Creative Workforce GrantNonprofit Organizationspostponed until further notice
Hawaiʻi State Poet LaureateIndividual poetNominations open June 20 - August 31, 2022
Biennium Grants 2023Nonprofit OrganizationsAward notifications pending
Biennium Grants Fiscal Year 2024 and Biennium Grants Fiscal Year 2025Nonprofit OrganizationsIntent to Apply (for both 2024 and 2025): August 1 - August 31, 2022. Application open for both grant cycles: September 1 - October 30, 2022.
Apprentice MentoringCultural PractitionersTo Be Announced
SFCA American Rescue Plan (Individuals)Individual artists and cultural practitionersApplication closed September 30, 2021

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

The Creative Workforce Grant is a one-time grant funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) through the Hawaiʻi State Legislature. This grant provides eligible Hawaiʻi nonprofit 501(c)3 art and culture organizations support towards staff salaries and/or contractual personnel within the organization. Intent to Apply on will be open July 1 – 30, 2022.

Preparation for applying includes creating or updating a profile in, registering or updating a registration with Hawaiʻi Compliance Express, and having an active registration with

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.

Preparation for applying includes creating or updating a profile in, and registering or updating a registration with Hawaiʻi Compliance Express.

Nominations will be open June 20 – August 20, 2022 on Self-nominations will be accepted.

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.

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 has closed.

Logo and text over a detail of "Two Piece Embroidered" kapa and wauke with plant dyes by Marie McDonald, 2013

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 through Hawaiʻi teaching artists, traditional arts cultural practitioners, and or/Western-based and contemporary artists. The application has closed.

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].