2018 Funding Guidelines

HIHF awards small project grants of up to $1,500 to organizations operating within Southeast Asia in specific program areas that are identified annually by the board of directors. Our grant priorities and the amount of each grant varies each year, depending on availability of funds. Projects must be:

  • Related to the specific funding cateogries
  • Based on community needs

Geographic Areas: Our support is limited to the following countries: Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Philippines

2018 Funding Categories: In 2018 we offer three grant categories. Each category is allocated $1,500 to be distributed to one or more projects, totaling in $4,500:

  • Rural Development: Populations in rural areas
  • Primary Education: Children 13 years of age or younger
  • Youth Education: Young adults 14-25 years of age

Criteria for Funding

The following outlines basic criteria to determine if your project is eligible for a grant, regardless of priority area.

  • At this time, HIHF can only support organizations with US 501(c)3 tax-exempt status
  • Projects must directly affect underserved populations
  • Projects may be one-time projects or ongoing.
  • The implementing organization is registered within the country of operation and has an organization bank account.
  • Priority of funding is given to organizations who implement activities in remote villages outside of urban and semi-urban areas.
  • HIHF supports organizations that are able to demonstrate:
    • Impact
    • Fiscal responsibility
    • Community-based approach
  • Projects that are funded must agree to the following:
    • A site visit to the project. HIHF understands and will adhere to organization’s visitor/child protection policies and etiquette.
    • The release of photos of projects for HIHF’s communication purposes. This can include either a provision of photos from the organization itself, or photos taken by HIHF visiting members.
    • A brief project report at the conclusion of the project. If project is ongoing, a brief report on the progress of the project after 6 months, including a description of what HIHF funding was used for.

In addition, HIHF will NOT fund:

  • Projects with a religious, commercial, or political affiliation
  • Organizations that discriminate based on gender, ethnicity, commercial, political or religious affiliation
  • Conference or event sponsorships
  • General organizational operation costs (operation costs related to implementing the project are acceptable, however they must be clearly stated in the application budget)
  • Individuals
  • Organizations not registered in the US as a 501(c)3 organization
  • Projects that are exclusively travel-based. HIHF will consider travel as a portion of funding only, on a case-by-case basis.

Application Instructions

Application forms may be downloaded here and filled in either electronically or by hand. Applications and supplementary documents must be emailed to genni@hihope.net, and addressed to HIHF’s executive director, Genni Low, by May 31 at 11:00PM, Hawaii time.

The board of directors will review all applications against an established set of criteria between June 1-15. During this time, organizations may be contacted with additional requests for information and/or documentation. By June 20, awards will be announced and release of funds will follow a signed agreement between HIHF and the grantee.

As part of the application process, one of our staff or volunteers may request a site visit. HIHF pledges to uphold any visitor and/or child protection policies your organization may have in place.

Application Timeline

Submission Period: May 1-31

Application Review: June 1-15

Notification of Award: on or around June 20

Release of Funds: July 15-31

Final Reports: At the conclusion of the project or, for ongoing projects, 6 months after the start of the project.

Rural Development

For many Southeast Asian countries, and indeed the world, agriculture is the main source of income for a large percentage of the population. The rural development grants support projects that increase a community’s ability to develop agriculture and provide more economic stability in a community. HIHF will fund the following types of projects:

  • Agricultural education (e.g. introducing communities to new agricultural methods)
  • Community development (e.g. water management, alternative fuels, waste management)
  • Income projects (e.g. income-generating projects, efforts to retain members within the community)

The following types of projects will not be considered for funding:

  • Projects that would be detrimental to the environment
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Primary Education (ages 13 and under)

HIHF understands the value of having a high-quality education at a young age.  The primary education grants support activities that serve the basic education of children 13 years of age or younger. The following types of projects will be considered for funding:

  • Hard skills education (e.g. computer skills, CV writing)
  • Soft skills education (e.g. leadership, critical thinking)
  • Educational scholarships
  • Classroom and building materials
  • Teacher training

The following types of projects will not be considered for funding:

  • Political or religious education
  • Overseas studies
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Youth Education (ages 14-25)

HIHF recognizes the need for young adults ages 14-25 to gain skills as they prepare to enter into adulthood. The following types of projects will be considered for funding:

  • Hard skills education (e.g. computer skills, CV writing)
  • Soft skills education (e.g. leadership, critical thinking)
  • Educational scholarships within country of origin
  • Classroom and building materials
  • Teacher training
  • Vocational training

The following types of projects will not be considered for funding:

  • Political or religious education
  • Overseas studies
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