Kaulunani Grant Program

Kaulunani Grant Program

Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program is proud to deliver the Kaulunani Community Grant Program.

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Kaulunani grants have made nearly every urban area in Hawai‘i greener and more enjoyable through projects that have enabled the planting of, and support for community trees and our ‘āina.

Kaulunani has awarded grants to hundreds of non-profit groups, schools, community organizations, parks, museums and arboretums. As of 2019, over $3.6 million dollars has been awarded to almost 400 projects through these cost-share grants, which have been matched by over $8 million dollars in cash and in-kind contributions. Our grant program funds proposals that support urban and community forestry projects as well as the Arbor Day tree giveaway programs across the State.





Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry is excited to announce the second and final Community Grants Program Request for Proposals for 2021. All of your urban and community forestry ideas are welcomed!

Grants are awarded for projects that respond to a need identified in the State of Hawaiʻi Forest Action Plan. For 2021, the Kaulunani Advisory Council is focused on the following key elements of Kaulunani’s mission:  

1) Health and Well-being  & 2) Equity and Access.   

Click here to download the Request for Proposals.    

Click here to begin your application.


Submission Deadline: July 12th, 2021 @ 11:59PM HST

Once you have submitted your application using the online form, you will receive email confirmation.

Grant Guidelines: Please read our guidelines carefully for additional details. We also suggest contacting Kaulunani staff ([email protected]) to discuss your application well in advance of the deadline.

A copy of the application form is available for your reference. Please note that submissions will only be accepted online.  Once you have created an account, you will be able to save your progress and return to the application up until the deadline.

Interested, but don’t know where to start? Reach out to us for the recording of our webinar to learn how to apply for a Kaulunani grant.

If you have any questions at all, please be in touch with staff via email.


Learn about our program’s projects, successes, and highlights. Each tab of the Storymap displays different grant categories, listing several highlighted projects that have been funded through our program. The website also features an interactive map that allows you to explore other projects on all islands!

A Note for Proposed Tree Planting Projects:

Tree planting projects are asked to use native species, Polynesian introductions, or non-invasive plants that are screened by the Hawaii-Pacific Weed Risk Assessment and are predicted to be a low risk of becoming invasive. All Budget forms for tree planting/giveaway projects must include Weed Risk Assessment (WRA) scores. These can be found through the Plant Pono or Hawaii Weed Risk Assessment websites.

Assessing Weed Risk Background:  The federal Executive Orders on invasive species (EO 13112 and reaffirmed by EO 13751) directs executive departments and agencies to take steps to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species, and to support efforts to eradicate and control invasive species that are established.  Kaulunani has supported the refinement and expansion of the Weed Risk Assessment system developed in Australia into a system tailored for Hawaiʻi and similar Pacific islands. In subsequent years, Kaulunani funds supported a liaison position to work with nursery and landscape industry and conservation, to bring awareness of the HPWRA, and in 2010, Kaulunani funded a user-friendly website (Plant Pono) where the public can access the HPWRA information and search for appropriate plants.  Use these tools to demonstrate your project promotes the expansion of a healthy, non-invaive urban and community forest.


Congratulations! The Kaulunani Advisory Council reviews and makes decisions on all applications during the forthcoming quarterly Council meeting. Check out the Kaulunani Council Page for more information on the Council and quarterly meeting dates.

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Additional Grant Opportunities:

The table below lists some of the known opportunities for Urban & Community grant funding for which funding is available. We welcome your proposals to pursue any and all opportunities, please contact prior to submitting an application. Pre-Proposals are required.


Pre-proposal Deadline

Grant Deadline

Funding Range

Who Evaluates

Forest Service Level II (additional) UCF Funding





2021 State Urban Forest Resilience Grant Program


March 31 2021


Forest Service

Landscape Scale Restoration (WFLC)






The Britton Fund


Quarter prior to deadline


The Britton Fund

Hawaii Tourism Authority

Aloha `Aina Program (RFPs)




Typical range $25-$50K


TreeFund Research Grants


Quarter prior to deadline


Tree Fund


Check out Kaulunani’s Currently Funded Projects

Kaulunani supports a diverse range of forestry projects impacting nearly every urban area in Hawai‘i every year. We are proud to showcase the inspiring projects by including spotlights on our currently funded projects! You can also check out all of the projects funded since 1993 on our StoryMap.


Resources for Current Grantees:

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