November 12, 2015

Hirono to Host Federal Grants Webinar

In support of the Arts, Humanities, Culture, and Linguistics Programs


HONOLULU -  Senator Mazie K. Hirono will host a federal grants webinar in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Individuals and nonprofit organizations interested in learning about federal funding opportunities for their respective arts, culture or linguistics programs are invited to join the free webinar on Tuesday, November 17, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

“I have long been and continue to be a proud supporter of the arts. Whether it’s music, literature, visual arts or other performing arts, these endeavors enrich our lives and fill our spirit,” said Senator Hirono. “I strongly urge art-focused organizations or anyone who has a passion for the arts and culture to participate in this federal grants webinar.”

“Arts and cultural organizations are the lifeblood of the Hawaii community,” said volunteer arts advocate Melissa Pavlicek. “Helping arts and cultural organizations connect with governmental grant funders will strengthen the local community.”

The webinar will feature presentations by the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services and will include:

-           Examples of how grants are implemented in other communities

-           Upcoming grant opportunities

-           Tips for applying for grants

-           Eligibility, application criteria, and the review process

-           How to connect with these federal agencies

Interested organizations can register at Once you’ve registered, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the webinar.

Participating Federal Agencies:

National Endowment for the Humanities -- Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at:

National Endowment for the Arts -- Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts and the agency is celebrating this milestone with events and activities through September 2016. Go to to enjoy art stories from around the nation, peruse Facts & Figures, and check out the anniversary calendar.

Institute of Museum and Library Services -- The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Senator Hirono’s office at 808-522-8970 or