Laurence H. Dorcy Hawaiian Foundation Grant

The Laurence H. Dorcy Hawaiian Foundation grants focus support exclusively on Hawaiian charitable organizations. Like its founder, Laurence Dorcy, the Foundation is particularly interested in fostering research, restoration, and educational activities relating to native plants and trees, historic railroads, classic automobiles, sailing ships, U.S. military history, animal protection and medical treatments for individuals with special need.

General Operating Support: Grants are within the discretion of the Board of Directors, but generally are made in the range of $10,000 to $25,000 for general operating support. The Dorcy Foundation does not make multi-year commitments.

First time applicants are encouraged to contact Tammy Davis Cownie at to introduce themselves and their organization and to learn more about Dorcy Foundation priorities and clarification of the application process.

Capital Campaign: The Board of Directors awards several capital grants each year. These gifts generally are made in the range of $50,000 to $100,000. Most capital grants are paid in full in the year they are approved. The Board is not likely to be influenced by matching grant opportunities, offers of multiple-year payments or naming rights.

All capital grant applicants should arrange a meeting with Tammy Davis Cownie to introduce the campaign and outline its budget, timeline, and dedicated funders.

Application Deadline

Grant applications must be received by January 31st. Applications received after the deadline may not be considered. Applications may be submitted hard copy via U.S. mail to 81 East 7th Street, Suite 125, St. Paul, MN 55101 or electronically to

Application Format

We do not have a specific application form. A succinct three-to-five-page letter describing your organization and current grant request is preferred. In preparing your grant submission, please include detailed information regarding:

  • the amount of the request;
  • the need being addressed;
  • how your organization is meeting that need;
  • the demographic of your clientele;
  • the number of individuals served by your program;
  • the geographic region covered; and
  • how Dorcy Foundation grant money would make a difference to your organization and clientele.

In addition to the grant request, please be sure to include:

  1. your organization’s IRS tax exemption 501(c)(3) determination letter
  2. your audited financial statement or Internal Revenue Service form 990 and unaudited financial statement; and
  3. information regarding your primary funding sources.

Please avoid using staples wherever possible.

Application Review Process

The Laurence H. Dorcy Hawaiian Foundation Board of Directors meets mid-March to consider grant requests. Approximately 20 grants are made each year. Due to limited resources, the Board is not able to fund all requests. Successful applicants will receive their grant award by April 30th. Those applicants who will not be receiving awards will receive a declination letter within this same time frame.