Apply for a Grant with Us!

Do you have a project that tells stories of Hawaiʻi to our community? Are you working to preserve cultural material that remembers our history? Are you planning a humanities program that brings together Hawaiʻi communities to explore and share ideas? Please consider applying to one of our grants!

Grant Application Deadlines

Closes May 31, 2022 at 5:00 pm HST

Closes May 31, 2022 at 5:00 pm HST


*Incomplete or inaccurate information may disqualify your application from the review process.


Grant Application

We invite you to reflect on Our Values to guide you and your project program’s purpose, and its goals and outcomes. Please consider how Our Values are reflected in your project.

Our Values:

Our ideas of the humanities are grounded in Hawai‘i’s people and places
  • Kuleana to our communities’ histories and futures
Courage to dive deeply into important questions and ideas
  • Brave and safe space for diverse voices and experiences to actively share and listen
Create connections that strengthen our communities’ resilience and ability to change.

Apply to Public Humanities Grants (up to $10,000)
This is our broadest ranging grant, and we hope this invites creative approaches to public humanities programming. We actively welcome exciting and engaging programs seeking to promote deep thinking, conversation, and connection on issues that impact our communities in Hawaiʻi.

Humanities Leader (REQUIRED)

A strong humanities project should include project personnel that provides guidance, rigor, and analysis, to develop a public program with depth, context, and complexity (i.e., multiple perspectives, connection to larger history, etc.). The Project Director can also be the Humanities Leadership. At least one Humanities Leadership name and a letter of commitment explaining their support, role, and commitment is required.

Apply to Preservation & Access Grants (up to $10,000)
These go towards funding projects that mālama our history, and preserve resources that are important to a community, and to make them publicly accessible to researchers, students, and the general public.

Librarian or Archivist Leader (REQUIRED)
A strong project includes project personnel that can provide professional guidance, rigor, and analysis, and apply archival preservation standards and develop universal access using humanities indexing and cataloguing methods. The Project Director can also be the Librarian or Archivist Leadership. At least one Librarian/Archivist Leadership name and a letter of commitment explaining their support, role, and commitment is required.

CLICK HERE for a preview of the application, including a downloadable pdf version. You can also go to this link to register and apply for a grant with us. We encourage all applicants to visit Some of Our Fabulous Grantees section to gain a broader perspective on the type and range of grants made in recent years.



Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) and System for Award Management (SAM)
Because our grants are federal in origin, your organization is required to be registered in the U.S. government’s System for Award Management (SAM), and its annual renewal is up to date. Once you are registered, you will receive a Unique Entity Identifier 12-alpha-numeric identifier (UEI). The UEI is required in your grant application. To register in SAM and to obtain a UEI: https://www.sam.gov/SAM/
Please note: If you are new to SAM, processing takes ten days to activate. Your organization may already be registered in the SAM system and have a UEI. Your executive administrators should know about your organization’s SAM account and whether it has been annually reregistered, and the UEI is still active. More information about the UEI (SAM) transition: https://sam.gov/content/duns-uei.  Please be advised: even though grants are a type of contract, when registering with SAM, your organization is applying for “financial assistance” rather than registering as a contractor.

Office of Management and Budget Requirements
All Public Humanities and Preservation & Access Grants awarded by Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities are federal subawards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, so they are subject to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) circulars governing administrative requirements, allowable costs, and audit requirements detailed in 2 CFR 200. It is the applicant’s responsibility to become familiar with these requirements, which may be found online HERE.


We are happy to consult with applicants one-on-one about your project idea, or any questions you may have. Please contact Stacy Hoshino at shoshino@hihumanities.org, or by phone at 808-469-4551. If you’re interested in a consultation, be sure to contact Stacy Hoshino no later than two weeks prior to the grants submission deadline. You can also check out our Grants FAQs webpage for more helpful explanations and information.