SFCA CARES Act Relief Fund Grant

July 21, 2020

SFCA CARES Act Relief Fund Grant

PDF of press release for download: Press Release CARES Act SFCA 07-21-2020.

The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Hawaiʻi’s state government arts agency, is distributing $427,500 to Hawaiʻi arts organizations impacted by COVID-19. These funds, provided by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) are intended to help save jobs in the arts sector and keep the doors open to organizations that add value to our economy and creative life of our communities.

36 arts organizations in Hawaiʻi will receive much needed funding through the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts’ one-time CARES Act Relief Fund grant. These organizations are based on Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi Island, Maui, Kauaʻi, and Lanaʻi. Some of these organizations, including the Honolulu Theatre for Youth and the Hawaiʻi Youth Symphony Association, have statewide programming for children.

Nonprofit arts and culture organizations are members of the business community – employing people locally, purchasing goods and services within the community, and involved in the marketing and promotion of their cities. The arts are an economic driver in their communities, supporting jobs and generating government revenue. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that arts and cultural production accounts for $2,606,035,292 and 2.9% of the Hawaiʻi economy, contributing 22,186 jobs. (source: “Creative Economy State Profiles: Hawaiʻi”, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, https://nasaa-arts.org/nasaa_research/creative-economy-state-profiles).

Grant amounts range from $5,000 – $15,000. Applications were reviewed by a panel and scored based on the demonstrated need of the organization and the requested funding.

Group of young hula dancers walking onto a stage.
Halau Hula O Hokulani with Kumu Hula Leinani Lauaki, Kehaulani Kawai and Leonani Nahoʻoikaika. Performance during the Prince Lot Hula Festival at Iolani Palace, 2019. This year, instead of a live festival, Moanalua Gardens Foundation will present the 43rd Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival via broadcast this fall on television and online. Photo credit: Joe Solem.

Grant Recipients by Island, With Award Amount:


  • Lanaʻi Academy of Performing Arts Inc. ($11,660)
  • Lanaʻi Arts and Culture Center ($10,645)


  • Garden Island Arts Council ($8,812)
  • The Kauaʻi Chorale ($5,000)


  • Ebb & Flow Arts ($5,000)
  • Hana Arts ($13,759)
  • Hui Noʻeau ($14,382)
  • Maui Academy of Performing Arts ($13,732)
  • Maui Arts & Cultural Center ($11,904)
  • Portuguese Association of Maui ($5,000)

Hawaiʻi Island

  • Aloha Performing Arts Company, dba Aloha Theatre ($14,301)
  • Friends of the Palace Theatre ($14,789)
  • Holualoa Foundation for Arts & Culture dba Donkey Mill Art Center ($11,457)
  • Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society ($10,279)
  • Society for Kona’s Education & Art ($8,613)
  • Volcano Art Center ($13,976)
  • West Hawaii Dance Theatre ($8,424)


  • Alliance for Drama Education ($13,436)
  • Ballet Hawaii ($13,759)
  • Chamber Music Hawaiʻi ($9,137)
  • Diamond Head Theatre ($13,434)
  • Hawaiʻi Craftsmen ($9,209)
  • Hawaiʻi Performing Arts Company, Ltd. dba Manoa Valley Theatre ($12,947)
  • Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra ($13,434)
  • Hawaii United Okinawa Association ($12,459)
  • Hawaiʻi Youth Opera Chorus ($14,734)
  • Hawaiʻi Youth Symphony Association ($13,434)
  • Honolulu Theatre for Youth ($15,000)
  • Honolulu Academy of Arts dba Honolulu Museum of Art ($14,423)
  • Kumu Kahua Theatre ($14,423)
  • Moanalua Gardens Foundation, Inc. ($14,789)
  • Nova Arts Foundation ($14,342)
  • Oahu Choral Society ($7,042)
  • PAʻI Foundation ($15,000)
  • Sounding Joy Music Therapy, Inc. ($12,351)
  • Young of Heart Workshop dba Puʻuhonua Society ($10,848)

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