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eCivis Grants Network - Grants Research and KnowledgeBase

The Department of Research and Development’s subscription to eCivis Grants Network is available at no cost to any community-based nonprofit organization on Hawai‘i Island.

The subscription includes two modules: Grants Network and KnowledgeBase. Grants Network is an online database of federal and foundation funding. It includes links to all applicable forms and grants guidance, and includes many examples of previously funded applications. KnowledgeBase is a 24/7 grants training center that contains a valuable resource library, glossary and online tutorials.

For free access from any internet connection, please download, complete, and submit the simple one-page application for access to the Department of Research and Development. Submission instructions are included on the application form. 

Application for Access to eCivis Grants Network

Common Mistakes Grant Applicants Make


The best way to get a grant is to contact the grant maker directly, tailor your application to the grant you’re seeking, and not overpromise results or exaggerate your abilities. Those are some of the tips from the grant makers and consultants The Chronicle of Philanthropy interviewed at an annual meeting of the Council on Foundations in Philadelphia.

Grant Training

The BJA Grant Writing and Management Academy is a free online tutorial offered by the US Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance. The program was designed  for criminal justice practitioners and state, local, and tribal jurisdictions (including any community- and/or faith-based partners) that apply for or receive federal grants. This training provides an overview of project planning, management, administration, and assessment of federally funded programs. The training encourages participants to think strategically about how they develop and fund projects. Participants are introduced to a variety of methods and tools used to identify community problems, administer and manage projects, and assess performance.  

Foundation Grant Information 

Local Foundation and Corporation Links

County of Hawai‘i Opportunities

State of Hawai‘i Opportunities

Federal Grant Opportunities and Resources

Searching for Federal Grants

Federal Grant Regulations and Resources

Miscellaneous Grant Search Resources


This alternative to grants, loans, and venture capital is growing in popularity. If you are curious on how to get the most from your crowdfunding campaign, take a look at this three minute animated video narrated by Slava Rubin, founder and CEO of Indiegogo.

NEW - The Hawai‘i Island Food Producers Fund

The Hawai‘i Island Food Producers Fund is a new peer-to-peer online lending program for Hawai‘i Island farmers and Hawai‘i Island food processors utilizing at least one Hawai‘i Island-grown ingredient. This microloan program established by The Kohala Center uses the Kiva Zip platform. For more information please visit The Kohala Center’s Kiva Zip Loan website.

The WealthWorks “Guide to Crowdfunding for WealthWorks Value Chains” describes the types of projects best suited for crowdfunding, offers tips on types of crowdfunding income, and inclues a list of crowdfunding platforms.

Wefficiency is a crowdfunding site launched on May 22, 2014, by the Blue Planet Foundation. Wefficiency enables nonprofits to install energy-efficient equipment that will lower their electricity bills. Contributors may donate or lend money through the site. Please refer to the program FAQ and Rules for details.


Funding Statistics

Nonprofit Organization Resources


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