Hawai‘i People's Fund is a publicly supported community foundation established in 1972 to provide grants to progressive grassroots social change organizations working in Hawai‘i. HPF Grantmaking reaches a broad range of issue areas. The manner in which a group works towards its goals is as important as the specific project it has chosen. Potential grantees are encouraged to carefully consider the funding guidelines and follow the application procedures.
Proposals from community groups throughout Hawai‘i are considered twice a year. Full proposals must be received by March 1 and September 1. Faxed and emailed applications are NOT accepted. Emergency applications for may be submitted at any time and may be emailed, however we strongly suggest you follow up to ensure they are received.
Hawai‘i People's Fund encourages projects that have developed a realistic plan for achieving change. We place a priority on projects that utilize organizing and education to promote social change and we invite projects that are startup in nature. We encourage groups to work together, share information, educate their target audiences and broaden the movement for progressive social change.
The Grantmaking Committee is made up of community activists and representatives of the Hawai‘i People's Fund Board of Directors. Proposals are evaluated through careful review, discussion and a democratic voting process. Grantmaking Committee recommendations are submitted to the Board of Directors for final approval.