For Grant Seekers

Grant Seeker FAQ

What do you fund?

The Harold K.L. Castle Foundation makes grants to organizations working in one or more of our three strategic priority areas:

We occasionally choose to fund outside these areas, at our discretion. Such grants are increasingly rare, limited, and always initiated by the Foundation.

Who can apply?

Nonprofit organizations (recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) and 509(a) public charity) or public schools working to advance one of the three strategic priority areas listed above. Please note: the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation does not make grants to individuals or businesses.

Are there any geographic limitations?

The Harold K.L. Castle Foundation only funds organizations that serve the people of Hawaii.

Does the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation make grants for capital campaigns or other capital needs such as construction, renovation, or purchase of furniture and equipment?

We have made grants of this nature in the past.  However, decisions on all requests for capital grants are made annually at the December Directors' meeting. Online inquiries for capital grants are closed for 2013. They will be accepted in 2014 from August 1, 2014 through October 1, 2014.

Does the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation make general operating support grants?

No, we typically do not provide funding for ongoing general expenses. The Harold K.L. Castle Foundation primarily makes grants for specific projects.

How do we apply for funding?

If you are a grant seeker whose 501(c)(3) organization or public school can further the foundation's strategic priorities, please click here for more information about applying online and a link to the Online Inquiry Form.

Is there an application deadline?

Online Inquiry Forms will be reviewed by foundation staff on a rolling basis, so they may be submitted at any time during the year. Within one month of receipt of your Online Inquiry Form, we will contact you to request more information, invite you to submit a full proposal, or inform you that the foundation will be unable to consider a full proposal due to limited resources and/or a mismatch with foundation priorities. If you are invited to submit a full proposal, you will be given a deadline for that submission at the time of your invitation.

If we apply for a grant, when will we get an answer?

Once you have submitted an Online Inquiry Form, Foundation staff will contact you within one month to request more information, invite you to submit a full proposal, or to inform you that the Foundation will be unable to consider a full proposal due to limited resources and/or a mismatch with the Foundation's strategic priorities.

Who makes the decision on our grant request?

Foundation staff generally makes initial decisions about Online Inquiry Forms. If a full proposal is invited, staff will review it and make a recommendation to the Board of Directors. The Directors make all final funding decisions.

Can we meet with foundation staff before submitting an inquiry?

No. The Foundation has a very small staff. To use our time and yours as effectively as possible, we'd like to receive your inquiry before scheduling a meeting or phone conversation about your project.

Can we make a presentation to the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation board of directors?


If we are invited to submit a full proposal, how soon after the directors' meeting will we know what action was taken on our proposal?

Within one week. Directors can approve, approve with conditions, defer a decision so more information can be sought, or deny.

Do we have to apply online?

Yes, we encourage all prospective grant applicants to begin by submitting an Online Inquiry Form. This relatively simple process shouldn't take a significant amount of time or effort on your part. If you do not have Internet access and are not able to visit a public library or another source of Internet access, please contact Ann Matsukado at (808) 263-8920.

Who should I contact if I have any questions?

Please contact Ann Matsukado at (808) 263-8920 or via email at

How much funding can we request?

That depends on the size of the project, the anticipated impact, and other funding available for the project. The Harold K.L. Castle Foundation generally prefers not to be the only funder of a given project. Our average grant size is approximately $110,000, but grants range from $100 to $4 million.

My organization already has an active grant. Can we apply for a new grant before the previous grant is complete?

No, each organization is limited to one active grant at a time.

My organization submitted a request that was declined. Can we re-submit the same request again?

We suggest that you wait one year before re-submitting the same request. You may also want to contact Foundation staff to learn more about why your request was denied. We also recommend that you review the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation's strategic priorities to learn more about what we fund.


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