Folk & Traditional Arts Grants

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

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About Folk and Traditional Arts Grants​

The deadline for applications for fiscal biennium 2020/2021 is past. The application cycle is closed and no applications will be accepted. If there is a call for applications for the next biennium (FB 2022/2023), information will be provided here and in the SFCA monthly email newsletter (subscribe here).

Purpose of the Apprentice Mentoring Grant

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.

Applicant Eligibility at the Time of Application

  • Individual applicants are U.S citizens or U.S. permanent residents.
  • Individual applicants are State of Hawaiʻi residents.
  • Individual apprentice applicants are at least 16 years of age.

Grant Project Eligibility at the Time of Application

  • Projects must be implemented entirely in the State of Hawaiʻi.
  • Projects must be for folk and traditional cultural arts and practices of living traditions that are relevant to cultural communities in the State of Hawaiʻi.
  • Relevant means that they are practiced, taught, learned and/or shared within the cultural community to which the folk or traditional art or practice belongs.
  • Only one application per individual applicant (individual teacher or apprentice).

Grant Amount

A one-year grant amount ranges from $4,000 to $6,500. The teaching grant is $4,000. An optional travel subsidy for interisland travel may also be requested.

Application Information

  • The Teacher is the Applicant.
  • Teacher and Apprentice(s) must apply as a project team.
  • A Teacher may have one to three Apprentices.
  • The correct forms must be used. No substitutions.

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Staff Contact

Arts Program Specialist
Denise Miyahana