Apply for a Spring 2024 Grant

Hawai’i People’s Fund is accepting applications from grassroots organizations with fresh ideas to protect civil rights and promote sustainable social change for future generations in Hawai’i’s communities.

Application submission now open!

Spring Grant Information

Applicants may select to apply for the grant they feel fits their organization’s work best (for more information, please consult the Funding Guidelines and FAQs documents):

  • Hōʻala Grants support requests of up to $5,000 and are limited to Hawaiʻi-based organizations who are less than 5 years old. Organizations that have never been funded by HPF shall receive priority consideration.
  • Kūpaʻa Grants support requests of up to $10,000 and are available to Hawaiʻi-based groups that have been working successfully on social justice issues for a number of years. Applicants must demonstrate a proven track record of at least 3 years of community-led impact.

Please review the Funding Guidelines & Eligibility before applying.


Required Documents

All Applications must be accompanied by an Organizational Budget & a Chart of Results form.

Please contact us via email at should you have any questions about the guidelines, your proposal, or anything else!

How to Apply for a Spring Grant

This year, Hawai’i People’s Fund is partnering with JustFund, an amazing BIPOC-led platform that connects grassroots and advocacy organizations to mission-aligned funders. The partnership creates a streamlined and seamless experience and uses a Common Application Form that makes your hui’s profile searchable to ALL JustFunders on the platform, expanding the reach of grassroots movement builders to others looking to plug into social change organizing in Hawai’i.

Please be aware of the following before you begin the submission process:

1. You must create an account with JUSTFUND in order to apply for our grant. Please see the JUSTFUND process video for more information about the process.

2. You are required to upload/attach a completed Chart of Results form & Organization Budget form with your application.

Please complete both of these form, and upload/attach with your application.

3. Clicking on the “Apply…” button below will take you to JUSTFUND’s website to begin the application process. See an example of the grant application form.

Deadline to submit is Tuesday, April 30th, 2024.

How to set up your organization & apply for the grant at JUSTFUND

For more information on applying at JUSTFUND, see the help center.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are we eligible to apply? Who gets priority funding?

Be sure to carefully review the Funding Guidelines before writing a grant proposal. We also encourage you to call or email in advance to discuss your plans and see if it is a good fit.

Priority funding will go to organizations that: 

  • Clearly articulate and demonstrate a commitment to social change in Hawai’i
  • Submit a clear, realistic proposal 
  • Have a strong track record, analysis, and expertise in issue areas 
  • Hold valid and current 501c3 nonprofit status, and/or is a fiscally sponsored project by a valid and current 501c3 nonprofit
  • Are physically and fiscally based in Hawaiʻi
  • Have an Organizational budget of $300,000 or less*

*Organizations with budgets of more than $300,000 may apply if they have a discrete social justice project with a budget of less than this amount that a) needs seed money for a new activity or, b) is unlikely to meet the guidelines of other funding sources because of its goals or strategies.

Are in alignment with HPF funding priorities: 

  • Power Building: Increased capacity to build power in directly impacted communities and movements 
  • Long-term Systems Change: Strategic work with a long-term vision that is clearly linked to current work plans 
  • Directly-Impacted Leadership: Leadership Team and/or Staff are representative of the communities impacted by the social injustice the hui seeks to address
  • Challenges Systems of Oppression: Shifts paradigms and offers alternatives to existing institutions and systems that perpetuate injustice
  • Social Changemakers: Sees themselves as part of a larger movement for social justice
  • Are “grassroots” organizations: Volunteer-based, transitioning from volunteer to paid staff, or substantially looking to increase staff capacity
What is the JustFund Common Application™?

JustFund is the nation’s first – and only – common grant application platform designed to move more money to movements, particularly communities that are chronically underfunded and historically excluded. The JustFund Common Application™ is two parts.

Part 1: Complete and publish your profile. Your published profile will be visible to all funders in the JustFund community, increasing the reach of your work to new funders and networks. You can update your profile at any time. Once your profile is published, your work will be visible to hundreds of JustFunders on the platform to view and fund. In addition, you can proceed to search and apply to eligible Funding Opportunities, via the “Funding Opportunities” tab of your dashboard.

Part 2: Complete any specific questions and attachments requested by the available Funding Opportunity. Once submitted, this content will be visible only to you and the funder requesting this information.

Please ensure that all fields in your profile are up to date when applying to a Funding Opportunity. As part of your application, your profile information will also be submitted and dated at time of submission.

Once your application is submitted, you will not be able to edit any content. The only change you will be able to do after submission is to upload new attachments by clicking the ATTACHMENT button on your submitted application.

If you have any questions, please email for kōkua at

What issue areas are funded?

The broad categories of work that Hawai’i People’s Fund supports include:

  • Action Research
  • Arts & Cultural Activism
  • Cross-Issue Organizing
  • Human and Civil Rights
  • Environmental Justice
  • Economic Justice
  • Grassroots Leadership
  • Political Organizing
  • Peace and International Solidarity
  • Movement Building
  • Youth Organizing
  • Public Policy Advocacy
  • Workers’ Rights
  • Indigenous Rights
  • Reproductive Justice
  • Disability Justice
  • Landback
  • Work that supports communities building real time solutions in response to the Maui fires
  • Work that supports communities building real time solutions in response to the COVID-19 crisis
How do you define “grassroots” organizations?

Hawai’i People’s Fund is committed to supporting grassroots organizations working to reduce the harm of current systemic failures, and welcomes strategic proposals that aim to support our beloved community during these unprecedented times.

“Grassroots” organizations are defined as at least three of the following: 

  • Volunteer-based, transitioning from volunteer to paid staff, or substantially looking to increase staff capacity 
  • Hold little or no access to institutional funding 
  • Can identify areas of crucial infrastructure development needs 
  • Are community-driven and responsive 
Why is a proposal chosen for a grant?

Hawai’i Peopleʻs Fund supports, funds, and amplifies the work of Hawai’i-based grassroots organizations challenging systems of oppression by promoting power building, culturally relevant support, cross-racial and cross-issue solidarity, and long-term capacity building and sustainability.

Do we need to have a 501c3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization? What is a fiscal sponsor? When is a fiscal sponsor required?

Yes. Applicants must hold a valid and current 501c3 nonprofit status, or be a fiscally sponsored project by a valid and current 501c3 nonprofit. All applicants must be physically & fiscally based in Hawai’i.

Who reads the grant applications? Who decides which proposals are funded?

HPFʻs Grantmaking Committee reads the applications and makes a decision regarding funding proposals. The GMC is made up of members of our Board of Directors and community activists ~ it is comprised of your peers, people who are working/have worked for social justice and social change in Hawai’i.

When will we learn if our group was awarded a grant?

Decisions are expected to be announced the week of 05/29/2024.

How much money can we receive and/or ask for?

The maximum request amount for a Hoʻāla Grant is $5,000. The maximum request amount for a Kūpaʻa Grant is $10,000.

Where does the grant money come from?

Hawai’i People’s Fund is a community-based public foundation. All money for grants is raised primarily from community members, and in part from other foundations that support grassroots activism for social change. In addition to supporting organizations, we are building a stronger sector of progressive philanthropy.

Does your organization need immediate funds for direct action?

Your organization may apply for Urgent Action Grants to support change-oriented direct actions happening in communities across the pae ʻāīna.

Examples of projects/responses can include:

  • Participatory mutual aid projects serving vulnerable communities (food justice, kūpuna care, childcare)
  • Building solidarity economies
  • Community centered indigenous traditional healing and medicine
  • Organizing transportation and deployment of essential goods
  • Organizing against evictions, utility shut offs, ICE and immigration enforcement
  • Organizing for mental health and grief counseling resources
  • Organizing to protect affected lands from predatory investors and speculators
  • Current grantees or past grantees mobilizing in Relief and Response on Maui may seek direct awards for urgent response. Please contact the Executive Director directly at
  • Committee will make all efforts to expedite review and make determinations within a week of receipt or less

The maximum grant request is $5,000.

(The People’s Fund reserves the right to expedite larger awards to past and current grantees providing direct, immediate relief to those recovering from the Maui wildfires. Email