Hawaii Schools Digital Media (HSDM) Grants

The Hawaii Educational Networking Consortium (HENC) annually awards grants ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 to Hawaii’s emerging K-12 video producers. These grants allow any accredited public, charter, private or parochial school in the State of Hawaii to develop or expand digital media video programs and create original school-based videos which are aired on TEACH Channel 356 at ʿŌlelo Community Media.

HSDM Background – The HSDM grants program was established to develop and expand the capacity of elementary and secondary school students to better understand and master the use of digital media technology in completing school assignments and projects, as well as giving voice to student viewpoints. Digital media technology can be used to complete school assignments and projects in many ways. Some of the projects are assignments for classes that are specifically intended to teach the use of digital media technology. For other projects, students are using digital media technology to complete assignments in English, social studies, math, science, foreign language, and other courses. The grants may also be used to support extra-curricular digital media clubs.

The HSDM program has the following goals:

To establish programs and processes that provide a larger audience for digital media content created by students in Hawaii’s K-12 schools;
To provide student and teacher access to the tools and knowledge for using digital media to create, educate, communicate and inspire; and
To develop programs that encourage student use and mastery of digital media, and programs that recognize outstanding work including awards programs, critiques, and other forms of recognition.

The HSDM Grant Process – HSDM grants are competitive awards that range from $1,000 to $3,000 and are open to all public, charter, private and parochial K-12 schools statewide that have the desire and expertise to develop and/or expand a digital media video program for their school.

Schools receiving awards are asked to produce original educational video programming that focuses on one or more of the approved themes. HSDM prefers multiple short video submissions rather than a lengthy single stand-alone program. Each video submission must be 10 minutes or shorter and of value to the general public. Thus, please avoid Daily News programs and announcements that are unique to your school.

More than one application may be submitted by a school, but collaboration is encouraged. No school will receive more than a total of $3,000 in one year. HSDM anticipates funding 50 to 60 projects statewide. The reviewers’ decisions are based upon a clear project description, the impact of the videos on students and school curriculum, innovation, accountability, need, and a complete and thoughtful application.

The grant funds may be used in support of the production of video programming including the purchase of equipment, supplies, and software, as well as obtaining professional development training for teachers and/or students. The expected outcomes include your agreed upon minutes of video programming and submitting a progress report at the end of the school year.

Applications are due by August 31, 2021, and will be reviewed in September by the review committee. Notification of awards will be made by September 30, 2021, and the funds released by October 30, 2021. Final reports are due by June 30, 2022.

For more information, go to Grant Themes.

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