A $2-million grant provided funding for a new three-floor structure at the Palolo Chinese Home. 


General Information and Grant Making Guidelines

The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation considers grant applications from non-profit tax-exempt IRS 501(c)(3) organizations operating in the State of Hawaii. As set forth in the Trust Agreement of The Clarence T. C. Ching Foundation:

“The principal of this trust and the income therefrom shall be used exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes… the uses and purposes of the Foundation shall include, not exclusively, the following charitable and educational purposes among others:

(1) To assist in the care of needy or destitute men, women, and children, and to assist in the care of the sick and the aged;
(2) To provide scholarship aid and assistance, without regard to amount or need and in the form of grants or loans, to any person who demonstrates the capacity and desire to improve himself or develop his capabilities, in the expectation that such person will ultimately, by the development of his talents and the realization of his capabilities, contribute to creating a better society;
(3) To provide financial grants to qualified persons, associations and institutions for research and study in all fields, including but not limited to the natural sciences, social sciences, art literature, and music for the advancement of knowledge and culture; and
(4) To assist hospitals and other public charitable or educational institutions which qualify as and are treated as tax-exempt organizations, whether supported wholly or in part by private endowment or by donations or by public taxation, with monetary contributions to defray their cost of operation and other proper expenses incurred by them.”

The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation WILL consider grant applications for programs or capital projects.

The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation WILL NOT consider grant applications for, but not limited to:

  • Projects outside of the state of Hawaii
  • Projects for which matching funds are borrowed (loans)
  • Individuals
  • Political organizations or candidates
  • Ordinary government services
  • Publications, films, videos
  • Commercial and business development
  • Conferences, seminars
  • Benefit events (table sales or golf tournaments)
  • Annual fund drives
  • Endowments


Application Procedure

Applicant shall submit a grant application, limited to two to three pages, setting forth the following information in the order presented hereunder:

  1. Purpose and history of the organization
  2. Full description of the program or project for which funding is being sought, including goals, objectives and the population being served
  3. Current status of the program or project (i.e. date established and anticipated duration)
  4. Amount requested
  5. Payment schedule / time frame for funding requested
  6. Acknowledgement of support/publicity of grant (press release, newsletters, etc.)
  7. Have you applied for a grant from The Clarence T. C. Ching Foundation in the past? If so, indicate date of application, amount requested, and name and description of project and / or program.
  8. Have you received a grant from The Clarence T. C. Ching Foundation in the past? If so, indicate date of agreement, amount, and name and description of the funded project and / or program?

Please attach to your Application, the following additional information:

  • Organization’s annual budget
  • The program or project budget showing all sources of funding, including amount requested from The Clarence T. C. Ching Foundation
  • Copy of organization's IRS Determination Letter, and applicant’s statement affirming that the organization "continues to be recognized by the Federal government as an exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code"; has not withdrawn from this status; and maintains its position as a private non-profit organization."

A grant application shall include the following contact information for the organization:

  • Name, email address and phone number of Applicant’s contact person
  • Mailing address and phone number for Applicant (organization)

The grant application shall be addressed and mailed/delivered to:

Ms. Tertia Freas, Executive Director
The Clarence T. C. Ching Foundation
1001 Bishop Street, Suite 770
Honolulu, HI 96813

Do not fax or email grant applications; do not send applications in binders or folders; do not include videos, CDS or DVDs, as they will not be utilized during the review process. Submitted materials will not be returned.


Application Deadline

The Foundation's Grant Committee meets in March and September of each year. Grant requests for consideration and review by the Committee:

  • at its March meeting, must be received in our offices, in hard copy form, no later than January 31st, 2:00 p.m.
  • at its September meeting, must be received in our offices, in hard copy form, no later than July 31st, 2:00 p.m.


Review Process

The Grant Committee of The Clarence T. C. Ching Foundation holds bi-annual meetings in March and September to review all grant applications and to make recommendations to the Board of Trustees. Completed applications will be discussed at the March and September Board of Trustees meetings. Applicants will be notified of their disposition within three weeks after the Board meeting.

If the program or project falls within the interests and guidelines of the Foundation, applicant may be advised to submit the following additional information:

  • Identity and qualification of the key personnel
  • Names and affiliation of all directors or trustees
  • Latest financial statements, including most recent audit report

A program or project may not be approved even though it meets established criteria. The Board reserves the discretion to award or deny grants, as it deems appropriate and in the best overall interest of the Foundation.

A grant application accepted for review by the Foundation does not ensure that a grant will be awarded.

An organization that receives a grant from the Foundation will submit a final report upon completion of the grant-funded program or project, which shall include a financial statement outlining the expenditure of the grant dollars and a narrative section describing the outcome and the impact of the funded program or project. Further, Grantee will submit annual reports and interim reports as the Foundation may reasonably request. An organization that fails to submit timely reports may be disqualified from future grant consideration.

For further information, please contact The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation via email at admin@chingfoundation.org

The foundation has made grants to the following organizations

* Includes COVID-19 Emergency Funding

  • AccesSurf
  • After-School All-Stars Hawaii
  • Aloha Harvest *
  • Aloha Medical Mission
  • American Cancer Society Hawaii Pacific
  • American Diabetes Association
  • Armed Services YMCA of Honolulu
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii
  • Blood Bank of Hawaii
  • Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii
  • Catholic Charities Hawaii
  • Ceeds of Peace
  • Chaminade University
  • Child & Family Service
  • Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaii
  • Damien Memorial School
  • Diamond Head Theatre
  • Domestic Violence Action Center *
  • DreamHouse Ewa Beach Charter School
  • EPIC ‘Ohana, Inc.
  • Family Promise of Hawaii *
  • Feeding Hawaii Together dba The Pantry *
  • Girl Scouts of Hawaii
  • Habitat for Humanity Maui
  • Habitat for Humanity West
  • Hale Kipa
  • Hanahau‘oli School
  • Hawaii Autism Foundation
  • Hawaii Food Bank *
  • Hawaii High School Athletic Association
  • Hawaii Island Adult Care, Inc.
  • Hawaii Literacy
  • Helping Hands Hawaii
  • Hilo Medical Center Foundation
  • Hoa ʻĀina O Mākaha
  • Holy Family Catholic Academy
  • Holy Nativity School
  • Honolulu Advertiser Christmas Fund
  • Honolulu Habitat for Humanity
  • Honolulu Museum of Art
  • Honolulu Theatre for Youth
  • Ho'ōla Na Pua *
  • Hospice Hawaii
  • Hospice Maui
  • Kaimuki Christian Church and School
  • Kauai Community Health Alliance
  • KAMP Hawaii
  • Kauai North Shore Food Pantry
  • Kids Hurt Too Hawaii
  • Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services (KKV)
  • Kukui Childrenʻs Foundation *
  • KUPU
  • Le Jardin Academy
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Malama Pono Health Services
  • Mary, Star of the Sea Early Learning Center
  • Maryknoll School
  • Maui Food Bank *
  • Medical-Legal Partnership for Children of HI
  • Mental Health America of Hawaii
  • Mid-Pacific Institute
  • Na Loio
  • Newman Center at UH
  • ‘Ohana Komputer
  • Pacific Survivor Center
  • Palama Settlement
  • Palolo Chinese Home
  • Parker School
  • PBS Hawaii
  • Project Vision Hawaii
  • Punahou School
  • Re-use Hawaii
  • Rehab Hospital of the Pacific
  • Sacred Hearts Academy
  • Saint Francis School
  • Saint John the Baptist Catholic School
  • Saint Louis School
  • Sounding Joy Music Therapy
  • Special Education Center of Hawaii
  • St. Francis Healthcare Foundation of Hawaii *
  • St. Joseph School (Hilo, Hawaii)
  • St. Theresa Church (Maui)
  • Star of the Sea Parish
  • Straub Foundation
  • The Arc in Hawaii
  • The Children’s Alliance of Hawai‘i
  • The Food Basket *
  • The Institute for Human Services, Inc.
  • The Nature Conservancy Hawaii
  • The Salvation Army, Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division (KROC Center Hawaii) *
  • The Windward Spouse Abuse Shelter
  • University of Hawaii Foundation *
  • Variety School of Hawaii
  • YMCA of Honolulu