Creative Workforce Grant

The Creative Workforce Grant has been postponed. Read more on our news page: Creative Workforce Grant and Culture Fellowships Postponed.

About Creative Workforce Grants

The Creative Workforce Grant is a one-time grant funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) through the State of Hawaiʻi Legislature. The grant is intended to boost the economy, strengthen the creative workforce, and support the communities of Hawaiʻi. The Creative Workforce Grant provides eligible nonprofit 501(c)3 art and culture organizations support towards the living wage for staff salaries and/or contractual personnel in a creative worker role within the organization.

  • Grant amount is $25,000; no funding match required.
  • Grant must contribute to the living wage of one or more staff salaried/contractual personnel in a creative worker role.

Eligibility

Hawaiʻi nonprofit arts and culture organizations that are 501(c)3 tax-exempt from federal income tax by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Organizations may not have an active grant contract with the SFCA at the time of contracting.

Organizations contracted with a Biennium Grant FY2023 are not eligible to apply.

Resources and References

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Contact

SFCA Community Arts Coordinator

Brittany Rakowitz

The Creative Workforce Grant Application Process

Eligibility Requirements

Hawaiʻi nonprofit arts and culture organizations that are 501(c)3 tax-exempt from federal income tax by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Organizations may not have an active grant contract with the SFCA at the time of contracting.

Organizations contracted with a Biennium Grant FY2023 are not eligible to apply.

  • Applicant must be a nonprofit arts or culture organization, 501(c)3 exempt from federal income tax by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Incorporated under the laws of the State of Hawaiʻi
  • Not barred or suspended from receiving federal funds
  • Applicant must be compliant with Hawaiʻi Compliance Express (Vendors.eHawaii.gov/HCE) at the time the Application is submitted. If the applicant is a recipient of a grant award, the applicant must remain compliant throughout the grant implementation period
  • Applicant must have an active registration with the U.S. Government System for Award Management (SAM.gov) at the time the Application is submitted. If the applicant is the recipient of a grant award, the applicant must maintain the active registration throughout the grant implementation period.
  • Accessibility: applicant must have a National Endowment for the Arts Section 504 Evaluation on file. If the applicant does not have a Section 504 Evaluation on file, go to the NEA website (www.arts.gov/about/civil-rights-office/applicants-recipients-of-federal-financial-assistance/section-504-self-evaluation-workbook) for instructions and a copy of the Section 504 Self-Evaluation Workbook.
  • Only one application may be submitted per applicant
  • Fiscal sponsorship is not permitted
  • The Intent to Apply and the Application must be entirely completed and submitted via the Hawaiʻi GO Smart online application system (Hawaii.GoSmart.org). No applications will be accepted by email or by hard copy.
  • Creative worker supported by the Creative Workforce Grant must be a staff member, or contractual personnel during the grant implementation period of January 1, 2023 through June 30, 2023.
  • The total grant award amount must be expended on the approved accrued expenses by the deadline of June 30, 2023.

Application Instructions

The Intent to Apply and the Application must be entirely completed and submitted via the Hawaiʻi GO Smart online application system (Hawaii.GoSmart.org). No applications will be accepted by email or by hard copy.

Step 1: Intent to Apply

Legal eligibility documents are submitted to the Intent to Apply to verify eligibility. An organization must meet all legal eligibility requirements to get access to the application.

Applicants must submit these documents in the Intent to Apply:

  • A copy of the organization’s tax-exempt status letter from the IRS.
  • A copy of the organization’s bylaws and/or policies, which must include
    • A description of the manner in which business is conducted
    • A prohibition against nepotism; and
    • Procedures for managing potential conflict-of-interest situations
    • A statement from the organization affirming that the members of its governing board have no material conflict of interest and serve without compensation (the organization must have a governing board whose members have no material conflict of interest and serve without compensation).

Grant Request Amount

The Creative Workforce Grant provides eligible nonprofit arts and culture organizations $25,000 in grant support. The total awarded grant amount must be applied to allowable expenses accrued during the grant implementation period of January 1, 2023, through June 30, 2023.

Allowable Expenses

The Creative Workforce Grant must contribute towards the living wage of salaried or contractual personnel on staff with the eligible nonprofit arts or culture organization. 1:1 match is not required.

  • Salary Support:
    Full or Partial, for one or more staff positions held by a creative worker doing creative work within the organization.
  • Contractual Personnel Wage Support:
    Full or Partial, for one or more contracted personnel. The creative worker(s) must provide creative work services for a specific program/project within the organization.
  • Administrative Support:
    A maximum of 5% of the total awarded grant amount may be applied towards administrative support. Administrative support is salaried staff or contractual personnel not classified as creative workers (Office Manager, Accounting, Administrative Assistant, Grant Writer, etc.).

For additional information and details, please review the Resources and References documents above.