Program Grant

From Bank of Hawai'i Foundation

Bank of Hawaii Foundation has a steadfast commitment to strengthening communities in the areas we serve. We focus on programs and projects which provide significant impact within low and moderate income communities.

Grant uses


Bank of Hawaii Foundation focus areas generally fall within the following categories: 

  • Community Development, including financial literacy, asset building and economic development
  • Human Services, with an emphasis on addressing basic needs such as food, shelter, health and clothing
  • Education, with an emphasis on financial literacy and increasing disadvantaged children’s access to high-quality educational opportunities
  • Arts & Culture, with an emphasis on programs that integrate the arts into children’s education or increase children’s access to our major arts partners

Our focus includes partnering with community development organizations whose programs are designed to strengthen low and moderate income communities. These might include:

  • Community development non-profits with a focus on affordable housing, economic development, revitalization of low- and moderate-income areas, and community development services.
  • Community development corporations and community development financial institutions.
  • Public policy advocacy groups that broadly impact low- and moderate-income communities.


Organization's Location
Program Location
HI, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan)
Organization Type


General operating expenses
Deficit budgets
General fundraising campaigns
Religious purposes
Trips and tours
Charities that redistribute funds to other charitable organizations, except in the case of recognized United Way-type organizations
not specified


You may submit applications every year.
Contact info
Carol Tom
(808) 694-4525
Review Criteria
  • The Foundation generally prefers to fund well-established organizations (i.e. generally those which have been in existence for at least 10 years) with multiple and dedicated sources of revenue.
  • The Foundation seeks partners with a record of strong fiscal management and successful grant and contract management.