HIHumanities SHARP Grants Application Process

Grants Application Deadline:
August 27, 2021 at 5 pm (HST) DEADLINES HAVE PASSED

HIHumanities SHARP grants are designed to provide relief funding for Hawai‘i-based humanities nonprofits, and nonprofits doing humanities programming to help our communities recover and rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic. HIHumanities is offering two grantlines for SHARP grants: 1. a General Operating Costs Grant for humanities-focused nonprofit organizations and 2. a Humanities Programming Grant for nonprofit organizations humanities-based programs. Our selection process prioritizes equity (geography, socioeconomic disparity, diversity, etc.). Only one application is allowed per organization.


Grantline 1: SHARP General Operating Costs Grants (GO)
Awards up to $20,000

General Operating Budget Form

All humanities-focused organizations applying to GO grants must be able to prove they are humanities-focused organizations. Activities must start no later than January 1, 2022 and end by July 1, 2022.

♦ Allowable activities:

◊ General operating expenses (staff, rent, etc.)

◊ Strategic planning and capacity building efforts related to preparing, responding to, and recovering from the coronavirus. General capacity building efforts must be funded by SO awards.

◊ Technical/consulting needs related to a digital transition or in support of preservation and access programs (equipment costs cannot exceed 20% of a subaward).

◊ Expansion, due to the effects of the coronavirus, of outdoor and virtual humanities programming and engagement to transition from traditional environments to those that are more accessible for those offering social distanced conditions. 

◊ Equity assessments and planning related to the coronavirus and the economic crisis. 

Grantline 2: SHARP Humanities Programming Grant
Awards up to $15,000
Programming Budget Form

Humanities and non-humanities nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for the SHARP Humanities Programming Grant. This grant line is similar to our regular humanities programming grants, which invites the creation of exciting and engaging public programs that bring communities together to explore the humanities and meaningful issues, and connect to each other. To find out more please visit our FAQs page. Activities must start no later than January 1, 2022 and end by November 30, 2022.

The following information pertains to both grantlines.
Who may apply:

♦ 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations doing or promoting cultural and humanities work in Hawaiʻi
♦ Financially impacted by COVID-19
♦ Organizations that have a unique identifier number (currently a DUNS number)
990 Forms (most recent)
EIN – IRS via W9 form
SAM not required but encouraged ♥♥

Who may not apply:

♦ Individuals
♦ Institutions of higher-education and K-12 schools
♦ State and local governmental agencies
♦ Fiscal sponsors
♦ Federally suspended or debarred organizations

Ineligible Programming: Organizations receiving subawards through this grant line may not use the funds for the following: 

♦ unallowable expenses as defined in 2 CFR 200 Subpart E – Cost Principles
♦ overlapping project costs with any other pending or approved application(s) for federal funding and/or approved federal awards
♦ funds for activities supported by other non-NEH federal funds
♦ competitive regranting
♦ cancellation costs
♦ equipment costs in excess of 20% of total project costs
♦ travel (both foreign and domestic)
♦ construction, purchase of real property, major alteration and renovation
♦ environmental sustainability
♦ collections acquisition
♦ the preservation, organization, or description of materials that are not regularly accessible for research, education, or public programming
♦ promotion of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view
♦ advocacy of a particular program of social or political action
♦ support of specific public policies or legislation
♦ lobbying
♦ projects that fall outside of the humanities and the humanistic social sciences (including the creation or performance of art; creative writing, autobiographies, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; and quantitative social science research or policy studies) 


Grants Decision Making Process

SHARP grants will be selected through competitive process by the HIHumanities Board of Directors. Their choices will be determined through a ranking system that considers eligibility and organization track record, connection to the humanities, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the organization and/or its community, equity (including geographical region and connection to communities in need of greater support), and the strength of the plan and budget as part of the application.

Notice of awards by November 2021.

SHARP Informational Zooms

All are welcome to attend.  

Jul 29, 2021, Thursday—10:00 am (HST)
Register HERE.

Aug 3, 2021, Tuesday—9:30 am (HST)
Register HERE.

Aug 10, 2021, Tuesday—9:30 am (HST)
Register HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Grants and Special Projects, Stacy Hoshino by clicking on his name or calling 808-732-5402 ex 1.

HIHumanities Regular Grants Program

SHARP will replace the Fall 2021 regular grants program. HIHumanities regular grantlines will resume for our spring 2022 deadline.

Other Opportunities

♦ Organizations with larger budgets, endowments, or reserve funds should also explore other larger funding opportunities at National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

♦ For those who are primarily an arts organization, see funding options at National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA), and Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF).