The Hawaii Invasive Species Council disburses funds annually for projects addressing invasive species prevention, control, outreach, and research. The original goal for the HISC was to disburse an annual budget of at least $5M in general funds, to fill gaps in capacity within and between departmental projects. Due to a lack of general funding, the DLNR, as administrative host to the HISC, has in the past supplemented general funds with special funds from the Natural Area Reserve Fund, which receives revenues from the conveyance tax levied on the sale of property in Hawaii. Due to a severe shortage of funds during the economic downturn between FY11 and FY13, the HISC temporarily received funding from the Legacy Land Conservation Program. The HISC does not have a dedicated funding source and relies on legislative appropriations from year to year. Though funds are administered through DLNR, all HISC funding is approved by the interagency Council.
HISC Funding Source History
FY05 (July 1, 2004-June 30, 2005) was the first year of HISC funding. In FY07, the State Legislature appropriated $2M for invasive species control, but provided these funds directly to Hawaii County to control coqui frogs rather than utilizing the HISC. In FY09, the allocation of general funds from the State Legislature decreased to $1M. After the economic downturn in FY09, no general funds were appropriated from FY10-13. State special fund availability also decreased during this period. A temporary authorization from the Legacy Land Conservation program from FY10-13 helped to offset some of the loss in funding.
HISC Funding Disbursement History
The amount of funding provided to projects, arranged into the four topical Working Groups of the HISC, has varied greatly by year. In particular, funding to support the Research and Technology Working Group’s annual RFP was lost in FY07 (due to general funds for invasive species being provided directly to Hawaii County rather than to the HISC) and after FY09 (due to the economic downturn and subsequent loss in State revenues).
HISC Grant Process
A call for proposals for applicants of HISC funds is released annually in late spring. HISC funds are currently available to government agencies and the UH system. For review purposes, applicants identify one of the HISC Working Groups to which their proposal should be directed based on topic (e.g., prevention, control, outreach, etc.). Proposals are then discussed at informal working group meetings. A quantitative review committee then scores the proposals. The Resources Working Group then takes the scores and comments from other working groups to form an overall recommended budget to propose to the Council. The Council, at a formal public meeting, reviews the recommended budget and has the opportunity to reject, amend, or approve the budget.
Organizations interested in applying for HISC funds can contact the DLNR Invasive Species Coordinator for more information.
The variety of projects funded in each fiscal year varies depending on available funding, current priorities, and applications received. To see projects funded by the HISC for a given fiscal year, select a fiscal year below: