Women's Fund of Hawai'i provides funding to organizations with programs for women and girls. We are working towards a day when all women and girls in Hawai'i are safe, financially secure, and empowered to participate fully in their communities. 

While many women are doing well in Hawai'i, far too many women and girls in our state are not. Inequality in Hawai'i is pervasive. Programs to help women and girls exist, but many such programs do not have sufficient funding. They, like the women and girls they serve, receive inequitable resources. This lack of funding for women's and girls' programs in not limited to Hawai'i; throughout the country as a whole, it has been documented that programs serving women and girls receive only seven percent of all philanthropic dollars.

The Fund makes grants to organizations or programs that help the most vulnerable women and girls realize their potential; promote women’s financial security and girls’ strengths and leadership; address the factors that stand the way of women’s success, including violence, adolescent pregnancy, low self-esteem, physical and mental health problems, substance abuse, prostitution, incarceration, immigrant status, homophobia, inadequate childcare, sports inequities, reproductive rights, poverty, disabilities and racism; build on the gifts, strengths and assets of women and girls; and promote their well-being. When women thrive, families and communities flourish.

Grants Process

Women's Fund of Hawai'i issues a Request for Proposal twice annually, in the spring and in the fall. Applications are accepted online via our web site for approximately one month, after which they are scrutinized and thoroughly vetted by our Grants Committee. This Committee consists of up to 11 women community members from a variety of backgrounds, including our Executive Director and Grants Chair (a WFH Board member); certain WFH Board members; women who work or have worked with non-profits and/or grantmaking and writing in Hawai'i, nationally, and internationally; women who hold advanced degrees in public health and social work and law, to name a few. Members rotate off the committee after four cycles. 

 

Spring 2016 grant recipients: 

  • Adult Friends for Youth – $5,000 – for their Outreach and Advocacy Project to viable urban communities, serving 10 homeless girls, ages 12 to 25 years old in Downtown Honolulu and offering access to food, clothing, shelter, survival aid, medical care, information and referral.
  • American Legion Auxiliary – Aloha Girls State – $5,000 – to restart the Girls State program — a national program run in every state except Hawai`i — which provides civic education and leadership opportunities for girls over the course of four days. The program culminated in the selection of two girls who will travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in Girls Nation.
  • Easter Seals Hawai`i – $2,346 – for Girls Group, a component of Easter Seals Hawai'i Youth Enrichment Services, which provides social, recreational, pre-vocational, and enrichment activities to youth.
  • Family Hui Hawai`i - $5,000 – for Hui on Lana'i, to provide culturally appropriate, peer-led parenting support groups, supporting and educating women on childhood development and mindful parenting strategies for the Kosraean community of Lana'i.
  • God’s Country Waimanalo - $5,000 – for equipment and expenses related to their culturally-based wa'a (canoe) program Ho'omana'o Mau. The program provides supervised lessons in and out of the ocean to teach sailing, navigation, leadership skills, ocean safety, teamwork, nutrition, and other exercises.
  • Hawai'i Island Women’s Leadership Forum - $2,500 – for their Leadership Summit on the Big Island of Hawai'i, designed to empower and advance women on the island.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness Hawai'i - $4,560 – to assist their Women on Wellness support group with operating costs for monthly meetings.
  • P.A.R.E.N.T.S., Inc. - $5,000 – to assist with costs related to their Parenting & Recovery Program, run through the Hina Mauka Ke Alaula Substance Abuse Recovery Unit in the Women’s Community Correctional Center.
  • Positive Coaching Alliance-Hawai'i - $5,000 – for the Pa'ani Challenge Girls Wrestling Tournament Coaches’ Education Session.
  • Project D.A.T.E. – $4,886 – for the E Holo Holo Kupuna Wahine Bus Pass Program to assist and empower senior homeless women to be mobile by providing bus passes.
  • Read To Me International – $5,000 – for Haku Mo'olelo, a special project offered at the Women’s Community Correction Center wherein staff and volunteers teach inmates to create and illustrate a personal story for their children. 

Fall 2016 grant recipients

  • Aloha Medical Mission – $5,000 – for their Welcome Smile Program; to provide restorative dental work for abused or incarcerated women in transition, as part of a greater effort to help them rebuild their lives and secure gainful employment.
  • Domestic Violence Action Center – $5,000 – to provide emergency rent and utilities assistance for survivors of domestic violence and their children to escape unsafe conditions in their current homes.
  • Family Programs Hawai'i – $5,000 – for PEAK, the Peer Engagement and Knowledge program on Hawai`i island to hold a Leadership Weekend for young women aged 14-18 years.
  • Hawai'i Literacy, Inc. – $5,000 – to fund the training of female peer tutors, aged 11-16 years, for to support their Peer Tutoring program that serves low-income youth on the Waianae Coast.
  • Ho'ola Na Pua – $5,000 – for their Starfish Mentoring Program & Family Support Group serving 11-21 year-old at-risk females or victims of child sex trafficking and their families; to begin services on the Big Island of Hawai'i.
  • Malama Na Makua a Keiki – $4,640 – in support of their Maternal-Fetal and Parenting Program, which targets pregnant women who need drug or alcohol treatment on Maui and also provides strategies and support for parents of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
  • Na Pu'uwai Native Hawaiian Health Care System – $5,000 – for the Ke Ola Hou o Lana'i to provide approximately 144 Lana'i women referred for mammography and diagnostic services with transportation by ferry to Maui and ground transportation to their appointments once there.
  • Sex Abuse Treatment Center – $5,000 – in support of Trauma Informed Yoga for Victims of Sexual Violence, a yoga curriculum for women and transwomen.
  • US Vets – Barber’s Point – $5,000 – General operating support for ADVANCE Hawai'i Women Homeless Veterans. Funding will support safe housing and comprehensive wraparound services for homeless female veterans.
  • WorkNet, Inc. – $5,000 – for The ReEntry Assistance Program (REAP), a special project to assist female prisoners for their transition to the community, with priority given to those whose terms are ended, who are homeless, who may have mental health diagnoses, and/or have substance abuse histories.