Funding for organizations supporting programs and projects that advance the arts, culture, and the humanities in the lives of the people of Hawaiʻi.
Biennium Grants FY2026: Intent to Apply: August 1, 2024, through September 30, 2024. Project Application: September 1, 2024, through October 30, 2024
Biennium Grants FY2027: Intent to Apply: August 1, 2024, through September 30, 2024. Project Application: September 1, 2024, through October 30, 2024
The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) provides public funds through Biennium Grants to support projects designed to promote, perpetuate and preserve culture and the arts in Hawaiʻi.
The legal provisions of the Biennium Grants are in Sections 9-11 through 9-18 of the Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes. Each fiscal biennium grant budget is contingent on the State fiscal biennium and appropriations from the Hawaiʻi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. Grants awarded are subject to available funding for the fiscal year.
Applicants may submit an application for a project to one of the following categories that align with the SFCA Strategic Priorities 2019-2023. Applicants can apply for one or both fiscal years, and the category and project can be the same or different for each year.
A Biennium Grant can be requested in the amount of $5,000, $10,000, or $15,000. A 1:1 match is required.
SFCA Community Arts Coordinator
All eligible applications received by the deadline are considered. Grant Review Panels, consisting of professionals in the arts, culture, and humanities fields, review the eligible applications and submit their recommendations for award. The SFCA Board of Commissioners take into consideration the panel’s recommendations and have the final approval of applications awarded a Biennium Grant. Grant awards are based on the applications overall score and available funding.
The Intent to Apply and the project application must be completed and submitted via the Hawaii Go Smart online application system (Hawaii.GoSmart.org).
The Intent to Apply must be submitted for each grant cycle fiscal year that funding support is requested by the organization before the project application can be submitted. Eligible nonprofit arts or culture organization must meet Chapter 9 requirements and project application requirements to request grant funding.
Submit the organizations Legal Eligibility Documents to the Intent to Apply on Hawaii GO Smart (Hawaii.GoSmart.org).
Legal Eligibility Documents:
Applicants are subject to meeting Chapter 9 eligibility requirements and policies established by the SFCA. See instructions on submitting Legal Eligibility: Biennium Grants Legal Eligibility Requirements (PDF).
The Intent to Apply will not be accepted after the deadline. The application cannot be accessed without first submitting the Intent to Apply. Please see Application Instructions (PDF) for full details.
All applicants must meet the application requirements to submit a project application to the Biennium Grants Program.