The Hawai’i Council for the Humanities (HCH) Preservation & Access grants are designed to support the preservation of state and community resources and to make these cultural resources readily accessible to local communities, scholars, and the general public. Projects may include, but are not limited to:
- Historical documents
- Historical photographs, films, and videos
- Conducting of oral histories and ethnology interviews
- Transcription of oral histories, and ethnologies
- Translation of primary sources
- Basic records and documents
- Material important to community histories
Eligible applicants include public institutions and nonprofit organizations serving the general public of Hawai’i.
The HCH Grants Program provides funding for public programs that promote a better understanding and appreciation of the humanities among the general public in Hawai’i. HCH grants have helped a number of libraries, museums, colleges and universities, historical societies, and other nonprofits sponsor public humanities programs that encourage the diffusion of knowledge beyond the academic setting and foster public involvement in civic dialogue.
Grant deadlines occur in February and October annually. Applications submitted online for any of the grant types – “Public Humanities” or “Preservation and Access” grant applications are welcome at each deadline.
Examples of Funded Programs:
- The Living Archive – Interisland Terminal
- For a living history walking tour exploring specific locations in Kaka’ako and connecting personal narratives and place-based histories from the University of Hawai’i and Manoa’s Romanzo Adams Social Research Library Collection
- Jon Van Dyke Collection – University of Hawai’i
- For the creation of an archival collection that preserves, organizes and makes accessible the papers of the late Jon Van Dyke, professor of jurisprudence and the William S. Richardson School of Law
- View more recently funded programs.