Kaulunani Grant Program

Tree Planting at Blanche Pope Elementary

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

Grants are awarded for projects that respond to a need identified in our Forest Action Plan. Most grant awards range between $500-$14,999, pending availability of federal funds granted by the USDA Forest Service. Large scale projects more than $14,999 may be considered with Program Staff consultation and will require a Pre-Proposal (see `ulu level below). All of your urban and community forestry ideas are welcomed!


Now Accepting Applications for 2019

Grant Workshop Downloadable PDF

Miss the workshop and webinar? Contact us with your urban & community forestry project idea and any questions on the grant program!


Getting Started on your Grant

Step 1: When to Apply

Deadlines are:
August 1*
November 1

*In 2019, priority will be given to projects that apply to the August 1 deadline.

Step 2: Review the 2019 Kaulunani Grant Program Guidelines

These guidelines include background on the program, eligibility, and what you will need to submit.

Step 3: Know Your Application Level:

Download and Fill out the Applicable Form:

Funding Range     

Grant Level /Applications 

$500-$2,499 `ILIMA Proposal

Arbor Day Max $10K

MĀMAKI Proposal
$15,000-$300,000 `ULU** Staff Consultation/ Pre Proposal Responding to a Specific Opportunity
$500-$14,999 Cool Your School* Cool Your School Pre-Proposal

*Cool Your School grants help schools cool their campuses through tree plantings. 

Step 4: Download and Fill out the Budget Form

Kaulunani Budget Form (excel .xlsx format) Must be included with your application.

NOTE: 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. Plants that have not yet been evaluated can be submitted for evaluation directly through the sites.

Step 5: Get in Touch with Kaulunani Staff

We recommend getting in touch with Kaulunani before the grant deadline. We want to make sure your project receives the greatest opportunity to get funded and we are here to help you deliver the highest quality application. Ask us questions!

Step 6: Submit your Application!

Once you submit your application via email (application form, budget form, and any required attachments), we will be in touch to confirm that your application was received. Congratulations! The Kaulunani Advisory Committee will review all applications during the quarterly Council meeting; for the August 1st deadline, final decisions will be announced by the end of August 2019.


**`ULU Grant Opportunities Timeline:

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.   Contact us!    


Pre-proposal Deadline

Grant Deadline

Funding Range

Who Evaluates

Forest Service Level II (additional) UCF Funding


December 1 to FS Region 5








Landscape Scale Restoration (WFLC)





Tree Fund

The Britton Fund


Quarter prior to deadline


Staff/ Tree Fund/The Britton Fund

Hawaii Tourism Authority
Aloha `Aina Program 2018



Typical range $25-$50K


*A preproposal 6/15 followed by a complete proposal 9/15 and then attached to the annual proposal to the USFS by 12/1 would be ideally positioned to be considered in the normal UCF “base” or Level II grant funding to the State. Please call with questions or clarification.

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