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.

About Biennium Grants

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.

Grant Categories

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.

  • Heritage/Preservation (Culture)
  • Community Arts, Community Development, Arts and Healing (Engagement)
  • Arts Education (Education)
  • Presentation/Performing Arts (The Arts)

Grant Amounts

A Biennium Grant can be requested in the amount of $5,000, $10,000, or $15,000. A 1:1 match is required.

Contact

SFCA Community Arts Coordinator
Brittany Rakowitz

The Biennium Grants Program Application Process

Step 1: Legal Eligibility Documents for Intent to Apply

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 Organization Legal Eligibility: Organization Legal Eligibility (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.

Step 2: Complete and Submit the Project Application

All applicants must meet the application requirements to submit a project application to the Biennium Grants Program.

Application Requirements:

  1. Applicant must be a nonprofit arts or culture organization, 501(c)3 exempt from federal income tax by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
  2. Is incorporated under the laws of the State of Hawaiʻi.
  3. Applicant must have at least one year of experience with project to request grant support.
  4. Only one application per fiscal year grant cycle.
  5. Project must take place in the State of Hawaiʻi.
  6. Applicant must be compliant and remain compliant with Hawaii Compliance Express (Vendors.eHawaii.gov/HCE).
  7. Applicant must have an active registration with SAM.gov at the time the application is submitted.
  8. 1:1 match is required.
  9. Fiscal sponsorship is not permitted.
  10. Application must be entirely completed and submitted via the Hawaii Go Smart online application system (Hawaii.GoSmart.org). No applications will be accepted by email or hard copy.

Application Instructions

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).

Things to Know

  • Applicants utilize the online grant application management system, GO Smart. The SFCA’s current programs and applications can be found at Hawaii GO Smart: Hawaii.GoSmart.org.
  • Grant implementation period is July 1 through June 30, unless otherwise noted.
  • Work evidence is required to be included with the Final Report for all grantees.
  • Hard copy documents are not provided.
  • All documents requiring certification from the authorizing official are through Hawaii Go Smart and eSign, the State of Hawaiʻi’s e-signature system.
  • Fiscal year grant cycle deadline can be found on the SFCA Grant Calendar: SFCA.Hawaii.gov/Grants.

Items Not Funded by the Biennium Grant Program

  • Building, renovation, maintenance of facilities, or other capital expenditures.
  • Activities that are not completed within the project period.
  • Fellowships, scholarships, thesis, or dissertations.
  • Fund raising.
  • Grant management fees or indirect cost rates.
  • Commissioning visual artists to execute professional works of art.
  • Costs for food and/or refreshments.
  • Perquisites.
  • Equipment purchases and/or long-term rentals for more than one year of any two year biennium.
  • Foreign travel.
  • Subgrants or regrants.
  • Interest payments, insurance, or similar finance costs.
  • Utilities costs (water, electricity, or telephone).
  • Un-itemized miscellaneous
  • Accounting costs, including audits.
  • Maintenance costs of any kind.
  • Technology-related expenses, including but not limited to computer hardware or software, Internet, website, or E-mail, or contracted assistance to design or maintain such services.

Workshop Recording

January 22, 2021 recording with closed captions of the Biennium Grants 2022/2023 Grants Workshop. This presentation gives an overview of the Biennium Grants program, the application process, and navigation of the SFCA website and the Hawaiʻi Go Smart system.