Grantmaking Documents

Spring 2017 Grant Applications Now Available!


Mahalo, ʻohana! Community-based philanthropy is alive and well in Hawaiʻi, and we are pleased to announce the 2017 Spring Grant Cycle!

Deadline March 31, 2017

SUPPORTERS: Please help us re-distribute as much as possible by donating now. Please consider becoming a monthly donor!

APPLICANTS: Be sure to carefully review the Funding Guidelines before writing a grant proposal.  Please contact us via phone or email should you have any questions about the guidelines, your proposal, or anything else!



The maximum request for a grant is $5,000.



If the work of your group is eligible for funding (see Funding Guidelines), you do not need to have IRS 501c3 tax exempt status. However, if there is no financial account in the name of your organization and no 501c3, a fiscal sponsor is required. See Application Instructions.

Please review Frequently Asked Questions for more details.

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to download Grant Making Documents, Instructions, Guidelines, Organizational & Project Budget Forms, FAQʻs, and Grant Report documents.

Community Funds & Action!


From its earliest grantmaking, in 1972-3 into the 1990s, Hawaii People’s Fund supported community organizing in Honolulu’s Chinatown. The critical grassroots groups were Third Arm and People Against Chinatown Evictions (PACE).


Several continuous Hawaii People’s Fund constituents were part of these groups and one asked if we might help preserve more of the stories from this important period of strategic activism,


Hawaii People’s Fund worked with a UH student-intern in the spring/summer of 2016. Sonja Cookman put this article together. She met with about a dozen organizers from those days. She also scanned a number of original documents, organizational newsletters and media coverage. Hawaii People’s Fund was able to digitize a couple hundred old slides.


The original activists plan to come together to archive more of their memories. Hawaii People’s Fund hopes this article, the first source documents, and the ongoing work of the surviving organizers will help preserve the history and serve to inspire and inform continued struggles against evictions and gentrification and activism for access to health care, housing and dignity for all.

Click the title above or open the document below to read Sonjaʻs paper.


See more pictures by movement photographer, Ed Greevy, here:


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