Information for Grant Seekers 

Distribution of Funds:
Hoʻākea Source will award six to twelve grants, ranging from $5,000 to $10,000, to selected projects. In our inaugural two-year grant period, we will prioritize visual artists, collaboratives, and collectives living and working across the island of Oʻahu. In the case of collaboratives and collectives, some contributors may live off island, but the lead applicant must live and work on Oʻahu. Applications from members of historically marginalized communities that serve all of Hawai‘i’s people are especially encouraged. Total award monies distributed will be $60,000 per year.

Review Criteria:
All proposals will be considered based on the following criteria. Proposed Research and Projects should speak directly to one or more of the following three strategic priorities:

  • ʻĀina  (That which feeds): Proposals that are rooted in place; proposals that center love and/or stewardship of land, sky, and sea.

  • Pilina  (Relationality): Proposals that build meaningful relationships; proposals that weave past, present and future together through emerging and/or sustained commitment to groups, collaborations, and/or collectives. 

  • Huli  (Change): Proposals that affirm a (k)new way of being; proposals that advance more just futures and/or contribute to systemic transformation.

Applications will be reviewed on overall concept and feasibility, with an emphasis on experimentation and risk taking; unconventional viewpoints are encouraged. Applicants should describe their relationship to Hawai‘i and how their work as a visual artist demonstrates a commitment to this place. Responses should speak to how long they have been an active participant in the local arts ecosystem and in what ways their work serves Hawaiʻi. 

A successful application will: 

  • Speak directly to what the proposal is, who it involves, and which of the three strategic priorities it most closely aligns with and why
  • Situate an artistic practice within a larger visual arts genealogy of Hawaiʻi 
  • Demonstrate a capacity to realize the project on time and within budget 
  • Explain how the public would engage with the project with an emphasis on non-conventional exhibition spaces
  • Describe the potential impact on a local community and the larger arts and culture landscape of Hawaiʻi 

Selection Panel:
A selection committee of 3 members; with the majority being Hawai‘i based artists and curators well respected across local communities, as well as an invited curator or artist from outside of Hawaiʻi, will review eligible applications over two days with oversight and assistance by the Program Director and Puʻuhonua Society Executive Director.