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

Community Arts Grants FY2026

nonprofit 501(c)3 arts and culture organizationsIntent To Apply August 1 - September 30, 2024. Project Application September 1 - October 30, 2024

Community Arts Grants FY2027

nonprofit 501(c)3 arts and culture organizationsIntent To Apply August 1 - September 30, 2024. Project Application September 1 - October 30, 2024
Outreach Initiative Program FY2025nonprofit 501(c)3 arts, culture, or humanities organizationsMay 1 - 31, 2024

FY2024 Grant Awards

Organization NameIslandProject TitleAmount FundedGrant
Aloha Performing Arts Company dba Aloha TheatreHawaiiAloha Teen Theatre$10,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Arts Kauai/Kauai SongwritersKauaiKauai Songwriters Music Festival$15,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Ballet HawaiiOahuAngel Program$10,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Bamboo Ridge PressOahuBamboo Ridge Basic FY24$15,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Chamber Music HawaiiOahuChamber Music Hawai‘i’s 2023-24 Season$15,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
East Hawai'i Cultural Council DBA East Hawai'i Cultural CenterHawaiiGallery Exhibitions$15,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Ebb & Flow ArtsMauiDuo Diorama on Maui and Kauai$15,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Garden Island Arts CouncilKauaiKaua'i Community Arts Basic Development$15,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Hana ArtsMauiStrengthening the East Maui Community through Art$15,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Hawai‘i Council for the HumanitiesOahuHawaiʻi History Day 2024$15,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Hawai'i Concert SocietyHawaiiHawaii Concert Society Season 2023-2024$10,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Hawaii CraftsmenOahuHawaii Craftsmen Exhibition Programs$10,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Hawaii Forest InstituteHawaii2023 Hawaii’s Woodshow, Na Lā‘au o Hawai‘i$10,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Hawaii Handweavers' HuiOahuCrimp and Create Workshop with Diane Totten$5,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences, Inc.OahuHawaiian Steel Guitar Festivals and Showcases$15,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Hawaii International Film FestivalOahu43rd Annual Hawaii International Film Festival$15,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Hawaii Opera TheatreOahuHawai'i Opera Theatre - Education Programs$15,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Hawaii Performing Arts Company, Ltd. d.b.a. Manoa Valley TheatreOahuProduction Support of MVT's 2023-24 Theatre Season$15,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Hawaii Theatre CenterOahupARTners for the Arts 2023 - 2024$15,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Hawaii United Okinawa AssociationOahuWarabi Ashibi - Okinawan Cultural Day Camp for Children$10,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Holualoa Foundation for Arts & Culture d.b.a. Donkey Mill Art CenterHawaiiDonkey Mill Art Center Exhibition Program 2023-2024$15,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Honolulu PrintmakersOahuAnnual Juried Print Exhibition$10,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Honolulu Theatre for YouthOahuHTY’s Statewide Tour FY24$15,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Hui NoeauMauiEnhancing Lives on Maui through Visual Arts Education$15,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Japanese Cultural Center of HawaiiOahuNew Year's 'Ohana Festival$15,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Kumu Kahua TheatreOahuKumu Kahua Theatre's 53rd Season$15,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Lahaina Arts GuildMauiWe Make Art Happen!$15,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Lanai Academy of Performing Arts Inc. LanaiLAPA FY24$10,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Lanai Arts and Culture CenterLanaiLet's Art Together$15,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Mana MaoliOahuMana Mele Knowledge Resource Products$15,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Maui Public Art CorpsMauiHui Mo‘olelo$15,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Moanalua Gardens Foundation, Inc.Oahu47th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival$15,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Molokai Arts Center, Inc.MolokaiCELEBRATING SAKADA$15,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Monkey WaterfallOahuImaginary Homelands 2"" (working title)$15,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Nova Arts Foundation Inc.OahuWorld Premiere of IONA’s Oh My Goddess! (Ola Ko’u Akua Wahine!)$15,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Society for Kona's Education &ArtHawaiiThe Art of Learning, Art Camps and Workshops$10,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Sounding Joy Music Therapy, Inc.OahuMusic Connects: Engaging and Empowering Older Adults through Music Therapy$15,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Tau Dance TheaterOahuHaloa$15,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
The Friends of the Palace TheaterHawai'iCelebration of Hawaiian Music Series 2024$15,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
Volcano Art CenterHawaiiThe Volcano Art Center's Hula Arts At Kīlauea Program$15,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
YOUNG OF HEART WORKSHOP dba Puʻuhonua SocietyOahuAhupuaʻa, Fishponds and Loʻi: Community Arts, Education, and Preservation$15,000 SFCA Biennium Grant
University of Hawaiʻi Oahu, Maui, Hawaii, Molokai, Lanai Statewide Cultural Extension Program (SCEP)- Statewide Touring $50,000 Outreach Initiative Program
Ballet Hawaii OahuOperating Support $100,000 Grants in Aid
Honolulu Theatre for YouthOahuHTY ON THE GO: Bus Transportation for Title 1 School to HTY Productions Statewide$100,000 Grants in Aid
Lanai Academy of Performing ArtsLanaiLAPA Program 2023-2024$20,000 Grants in Aid
Oahu Choral Society OahuCollaborative Programming & Community Partnersips to Create Sustainable Arts in Hawaii$20,000 Grants in Aid
Bishop Museum OahuOperating Support $6,750,000 Special Purpose Appropriations
The Friends of ʻIolani Palace OahuOperating Support $1,800,000 Special Purpose Appropriations

Grants and Fellowships Details

SFCA Outreach Initiative Program

The State Foundation on the Culture and the Arts (SFCA) Outreach Initiative Program provides public funds to nonprofit arts/culture/humanities organizations to support regional touring and outreach activities that increase opportunities for individuals to experience different forms of artistic and cultural expression and engagement. 

Applications open May 1 – 31, 2024.

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. Formerly known as Biennium Grants.

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 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].

Past Grants and Fellowships

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 were awarded. Applications June 15 – July 31, 2022 on