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Our Grants Program

Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities awards grants to projects that best supports its mission: To connect people with ideas that broaden perspectives, enrich lives and strengthen communities.

We fund projects that are engaging and innovative for diverse Hawaiʻi communities, that strengthen and celebrate our history, culture, and other humanities in Hawai‘i, that help us connect over deep questions and relevant issues.

Our grant support comes from the National Endowment for the Humanities funding for state humanities councils. According to NEH, state humanities councils are the public humanities in action. We offer a wide array of thought-provoking programming that makes rich humanities ideas accessible for general public audiences, fosters discussion, and promotes civic engagement.  

Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities grants have helped a number of organizations, like Honolulu Museum of Art, The Center for Oral History, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kohala Institute, Papahana Kuaola, Bishop Museum, Hawaiʻi Book and Music Festival, and Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī Coalition, sponsor public humanities programs, like Mai Poina, Art & Activism: An Exhibition About Change, Traditional Tattoo Festival, Holding Fast the Dream: Hawaiʻi’s African American Experience, and the Best of Aloha Shorts 2018. 

All these public humanities programs encourage the movement of knowledge beyond academic settings and support public involvement in conversations important to our communities today and looking into our possible futures.

We offer two types of grants: 

Public Humanities Grants—This is our broadest ranging grant. We hope this incites creative approaches and we actively invite exciting and engaging programs that seek to promote deep thinking, conversation, and connection on issues that impact our communities here in Hawaiʻi.

Preservation and Access Grants—designed to support the preservation of state and community resources and to make these cultural resources readily accessible to the larger community. Examples of cultural resources include historical documents, photos, and film; conducting and transcribing oral histories; and translating important documents. Applicants will need to show how cultural resources supported by this grant will be made accessible to the public via a library, archive, etc. 

For more information, please see our FAQs page or contact our Director of Grants Stacy Hoshino, at shoshino@hihumanities.org, or by phone at 808-469-4551. If your project does not fit into the categories listed above, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to help you determine whether our granting program is a good fit for you.