FAQ's

The Clarence T.C Ching Foundation makes grants to organizations in one or more of our six focus areas:

  • Education 
  • Healthcare 
  • Housing
  • Children & Families
  • Arts, Culture & Innovation
  • Sustainability

Nonprofit organizations recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 public charity working to advance any of the 5 focus areas listed above that operate in Hawaii qualify for grants from our foundation.  Please note that the Foundation does not make grants to individuals. 

Yes, The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation only funds organizations that serve the people of Hawaii.

No, the Foundation does not make general operating support grants, but will make specific program grants. 

We accept applications twice a year, by 4 pm on January 31 and July 31.  If the dates fall on a weekend, the application must be received by 4 pm on the previous Friday. 

If you are a grant seeker whose 501(c)3 meets the Foundation’s focus areas, submit an application limited to two to three pages that includes the information requested in the application procedures section.

The grant committee meets in March and September to review all grant applications and decides on the final funding. 

You may call the Foundation staff if you have specific questions regarding the grant application. 

Presentations to the board of trustees are only made upon request by the Foundation. 

Please contact Julie Tam, Executive Assistant at (808)521-0344. 

No, generally each organization is limited to one active grant at a time.  We also encourage organizations that recently received a grant to wait a few years before applying to the Foundation for another grant. 

We recommend that you wait a year before re-submitting the same request. 

That will depend on the size of the program or project.  The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation prefers not to be the sole funder of any program or project. Our program grant range from $5,000 to $75,000.  Capital grants will depend on the budget of the capital project, and is generally less than 50% of the project. 

Our grant agreements may include contingencies such as progress reporting, status of securing matching funds, or substantial progress on a construction project. 

You may request an extension on the use of the grant proceeds by submitting the request on the organization’s letterhead to the Foundation.  Such request must be approved by the board of trustees.