Grant Application



The Hawai‘i Life Charitable Fund and the Hawai‘i Love grant program make grants to local non-profits working to preserve Hawai‘i’s beauty and culture by supporting its people. Every year, Hawai‘i Life agents and brokers choose a giving focus. Grants are awarded to organizations whose charitable purposes fall within that focus. In 2018, the HLCF’s giving focus “Caring for our Keiki” was selected and a total of $20,000 was granted to four local charities in the spring.

Each grant recipient received $5,000 to support their services and programming that assist children on each of O‘ahu, Hawai‘i Island, Maui and Kaua‘i. The HLCF’s grant recipients in 2018 included the Friends of the Children Justice Center of East Hawai‘i, Anaina Hou Community Park on Kaua‘i, Grow SomeGood on Maui, and Surfrider Spirit Sessions on O‘ahu.

Throughout the year, HLCF may make grants in other areas of interest, but we regret that unsolicited proposals outside of the HLCF’s annual giving focus will not be considered.


Eligibility & Restrictions

  • Hawai‘i Life Charitable Fund is a donor advised fund of the Hawai‘lli Community Foundation. All grant recommendations are advisory in nature and not binding on the Foundation.

  • All Hawai‘i Love grant applicants must have 501 (c) (3) status and be in good standing.

  • The HLCF focuses on supporting local, grassroots organizations based in the state of Hawai‘i.

  • All previous Hawai‘i Love grants must be completed with the submission of a final report before an organization is eligible to apply for a new grant.

  • The term of an HLCF grant is one year.

  • The HLCF does not accept incomplete applications or applications from organizations with overdue final reports.


Application Process

Step 1) Submit a cover letter with the following information:

  • Name of Organization

  • Point of Contact

  • Phone

  • Email

Step 2) Complete a proposal narrative outlining the following items:

  • Tell us about your organization, its mission, history, year established, and staff size (1,500 characters max).

  • Describe the issue or opportunity to be addressed by the HLCF grant (3,000 characters max).

  • Describe how funds will be utilized within your organization, i.e. products, services, etc. and a timeline (4,500 characters max).

Step 3) Additional required documents:

  • Board of Directors list

  • IRS 501 (c) (3) determination letter

  • Organizations annual operating budget for the current year

  • Organization’s balance sheet for the most recently completed fiscal year

  • Organization’s income statement (or profit/loss statement) for the most recently completed fiscal year. Audited financial statements are preferred by not required.


Application Deadline

All completed applications must be received by April 30, 2018 for consideration at the April Board of Director’s meeting. All completed grant applications or questions can be directed to

Grant applications for the 2019 grant cycle will be accepted after January 1, 2019. More information regarding our 2019 grant cycle giving focus will be available at that time.


Mahalo for making our community a better place!