Grant Application Process

Current Application Deadline:

November 20, 2019

How to Apply:

Please be aware grant recipients are required to have a valid DUNS number (Data Universal Numbering System) and to be currently registered with the Federal SAM (System for Award Management). The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has adopted the use of the DUNS numbers issued by Dun and Bradstreet to keep track of how federal grant money is dispersed. In addition, registration with the federal SAM is required for security purposes. All grant applicants must obtain a DUNS number and register with SAM before Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities can disperse any awarded funds. If your institution needs to obtain a free DUNS number, please follow the instructions found on the NEH website HERE. To register with SAM, follow instructions HERE. Please note: even though grants are a type ofcontract, when registering with SAM, your organization is applying for “financial assistance” rather than registering as a contractor.

The Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities online grant application process is a four-step approval process. Please follow the steps described below:

Step 1: Connect with our Director of Grants and Special Projects

All grant applicants must first contact Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities’ Director of Grants and Special Projects, Stacy Hoshino, at (808) 469-4551 or shoshino@hihumanities.org.  Be prepared to describe your project, including how it connects to the humanities and how it will reach communities in Hawai‘i. We will be happy to work with you through this process. 

Step 2: Submit a Letter of Inquiry

Complete and submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) by creating an account  through the online application system.  Letter of Inquiries are due two weeks before the application deadline.

To submit a LOI, click on the link at the bottom of this document and create an account to begin the process then follow the prompts.  Please contact us if you have any questions.


The following are three queries that must be filled out in the LOI form:  

1. In 2000 characters, briefly describe the project, the project format, its intended audience, and projected audience size. Be sure to include how this is a humanities-based project in the description.

2. List the people, their roles, and their qualifications and expertise, who will be working on your project.

3. Each Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities’ grantee is required to conduct a public program as part of the grant. If you have not already described your public program in the overview, please briefly explain your idea for your public program (format, target audience, and scholars/experts involved). 500 characters 

If your LOI is approved, you will receive an email of notification and you can then access the full application by logging in to your account.

Step 3: Submit a Full Application

Once a Letter of Inquiry is approved, applicants can complete the final step in the application process, which must be submitted, in its completed form, by the specified date.  All deadlines for full grant applications are firm.

Our Public Humanities grants and our Preservation and Access grants each have their own application form accessible via the online application system.  Please be sure to read carefully through the application form specific to the type of grant for which you are applying.  Your project narrative is Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities’ basis for deciding whether it should receive funding.  Please be as thorough as possible in describing your project and fill in all required fields on the application form.

Step 4: Application Review and Final Decision

After the application is submitted, you will receive confirmation via email.  All applications are reviewed by our Proposal Review Committee (PRC). Their recommendations are submitted to Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanties’ Board Directors for the final decision. Approximately 8 weeks after applications are received, applicants will receive a notification of their decision through email.


*Office of Management and Budget Requirments

All Public Program Grants awarded by Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities are federal in origin, so they are subject to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) circulars governing administrative requirements, allowable costs, and audit requirements. It is the applicant’s responsibility to become familiar with these requirements, which may be found HERE


Click here to begin the online application process.