Grants » Grant Application


HWLF has two windows of opportunity for grant applications throughout the calendar year. In general, grants are considered in May and November. Dates can vary.

HWLF typically awards “micro” grants in amounts ranging from $500 to $5,000. HWLF prefers not to award funds for operational expenses, and instead prefers to make awards on a project-by-project basis or as a means to “jump-start” an organization’s funding sources.

Grants are funded with the proceeds of the previous year’s fundraiser. Priority is given to applicants with projects that benefit women and children in Hawaii. Neighbor island applications are encouraged.


HWLF’s primary criteria in considering funding applications include: (1) improving women and children’s access to the legal system; (2) reducing child abuse; (3) reducing domestic violence; (4) reducing sexual abuse; (5) increasing financial independence; and (6) improving women and children’s health, education and welfare.

Grant Application Deadlines

Generally, the grant application deadlines are the first Friday’s in April and October.

Grant Application Form


Please email HWLF Grant Co-Chairs
Zale Okazaki (

Diane Winter Brookins (