The Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities Grants Program provides funding for public programs that promote a better understanding and appreciation of the humanities among the general public in Hawai‘i. Each year the HCH awards grant funds to nonprofit organizations and public institutions throughout the state to support activities that apply the humanities—such as history, philosophy, ethics, religious studies, literary studies, art history and anthropology—to our everyday lives.

HCH grants have helped a number of libraries, museums, colleges and universities, historical societies, and other nonprofit organizations sponsor public humanities programs that encourage the diffusion of knowledge beyond the academic setting and foster public involvement in civic dialogue. These grants support public programs developed for Hawai‘i audiences that not only encourage public exchange of ideas but also explore relevant topics including local history, literature, art, music, ethics and cultural traditions.

Prospective grant applicants are encouraged to visit our Grants Awarded section to gain a broader perspective on the type and range of grants made in recent years. These lists of past grants provide an opportunity to see the diverse reach of HCH funding and the creative resources of former grant recipients.

Grant Types

HCH offers two types of grants:



February 15, 2019

October 25, 2019

*Before applying for a grant, you need to contact HCH director of grants and special projects, Stacy Hoshino at (808) 469-4551 or Please be ready to describe your project, including how it connects to the humanities and how it will reach Hawai‘i’s people.

All University of Hawai‘i System applicants need to contact Stacy Hoshino, and before you set up your grant application account at (808) 469-4551 or shoshino@hihumanities.or.

The application is a two-part process:

1) A Letter of Inquiry needs to be submitted online.

     1.a.) Letter of Inquiries are due two weeks before the application deadline. We feel that in order to complete your application two weeks are needed to sufficiently  complete the entire grant application process. 

      1.b.) Allow up to 48 hours for your Letter of Inquiry to be reviewed, and for a response regarding the status of it.

2) After your Letter of Inquiry is approved you will then proceed to the application.