Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation - Art & Music Grants

Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: US $2,500 - US $20,000

Fields of work: Art Education Music Education

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense

Location of project: Hawaii, Santa Barbara County, California

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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NOTE: The Johnson Ohana Foundation seeks grant applications by invitation only and does not accept unsolicited proposals. If, after careful review of the Grants page, you feel that your organization’s mission is a close match to our grantmaking focus, you may send a short email about your program or organization to info [at] johnsonohana [dot[ org. Due to the large number of inquiries we receive we cannot guarantee a reply or grant consideration.

About the Foundation

The Johnson Ohana Foundation is a non-profit public charity founded in 2008 by musician Jack Johnson, and his wife Kim, to promote positive and lasting change within communities by supporting organizations that focus on environmental, art, and music education.

Grant Program

The Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation supports organizations with strong community involvement. We are most interested in funding organizations that work creatively toward solution-based approaches to environmental or societal problems, with a commitment to long-term and lasting change. The Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation primarily supports smaller organizations working on issues relevant to their own local communities.

We fund groups that focus on one of three central themes: 

  • Environmental Education
  • Arts Education for Youth
  • Music Education for Youth

The Johnson Ohana Foundation seeks out innovative non-profits that actively engage youth and/or volunteers in projects that provide measurable benefit to the environment and/or the community.

Fields of Interest - Art & Music Education

The Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation regularly supports organizations that work in the following fields of interest and in addition, chooses a specific funding theme that varies periodically:

Arts Education for Youth

  • Visual Arts (drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture)
  • Performing Arts (theatre, dance, musical theatre)
  • Media Arts (film, photography, graphic design)

Music Education for Youth

  • School or Community-Based Music Programs (low or no-cost instruction)
  • Musical Ensembles (band, choir, orchestra)
  • Musical Instruments (acquisition, maintenance, repair)

Environmental Education

View the grant page for the foundation's Environmental Education program here

Grant Size

The Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation awards grants ranging from $2500 to $20,000. Grants can be directed to specific programs or to general operating expenses.

Grant Review Process

Music & Arts Education grants are reviewed in the fall.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The Johnson Ohana Foundation awards grants to charitable organizations that have been recognized by the IRS as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or CAFAmerica approved foreign charities).
  • Funding for arts and music is primarily focused on non-profits programs in Santa Barbara and Hawaii. 
  • Charities outside of the United States will need to first be approved by CAFAmerica in order for the Foundation to make grant suggestions.


  • A majority of our grants are awarded for a single year but we do on occasion award multi-year grants for up to a 3-year period. Multi-year grants are usually awarded to non-profits with which we have built a strong relationship and are generally associated with projects focusing on the current funding theme.


  • We do not award grants to individuals, for endowment funds, or for political or fundraising campaigns.
  • We typically do not sponsor community or fundraising events.


This page was last reviewed June 16, 2021 and last updated June 16, 2021