Kaulunani Grant Program

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

Tree Planting at Blanche Pope Elementary

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 require a Pre-Proposal (see `ulu level below). All of your urban and community forestry ideas are welcomed!

 

Kaulunani Arbor Day Grant Applications Now Open for 2021.

Deadline Feb 4th, see below for more details.

 

  • Please note: Current Kaulunani grantees are not eligible to apply for an Arbor Day grant.
  • All grantees may only hold one open grant at a time.
  • There will be a general community grant funding opportunity later in the year. Look out for the announcement in early June!

 

Grant Program Storymap

 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!

 


Webinars: How-to Apply for a Kaulunani Grant 

Kaulunani holds How-to-Apply for Kaulunani Grants Webinars each year to help future grantees understand the process! Join our mailing list for the latest updates on when these events are scheduled. 

Archived Webinars Available for Download:

Grant Workshop Downloadable PDF

 
Are you unable to attend a 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: Know When to Apply

 

The Kaulunani Grant Program strives to offer several grant cycles every year, with applications submitted to the first grant cycle receiving priority. Submissions are reviewed and grants awarded by the Kaulunani Advisory Council at quarterly meetings, with submissions due one month prior to the meeting date.  

Dates Reviewed
Arbor Day Grants, February 4th   February 18th Council Meeting
Community Grants, TBA TBA

Due to uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Kaulunani is in the process of confirming grant opportunities. We would love to hear your project ideas and encourage pre-proposal submissions at any time in anticipation of future funding opportunities. Please fill out our online inquiry form to get started at any time throughout the year.

  • Please note: All grantees may only hold one open grant at a time.
  • There will be a general community grant funding opportunity later in the year. Look out for the announcement in early June 2021!

Stay tuned for more information regarding the upcoming community grant opportunities by joining the Kaulunani mailing list! Receive announcements on annual funding opportunities and urban forestry events.

 

Kaulunani Arbor Day Grant Applications Now Open for 2021!

Current Opportunities:

Kaulunani is proud to support Arbor Day Hawaiʻi  in 2021, which will be celebrated on Friday November 5th & Saturday November 6th, by opening our annual Arbor Day Hawaiʻi Grant Cycle. Kaulunani is inviting community members from all islands to get involved by submitting a proposal to host an Arbor Day event in November.

RFP: Download the Full Request-for-Proposals here. (PDF)

Arbor Day Grant Award Amounts:   $500-$5,000.  (State total: $28,000) 

Deadline: February 4th, 2021

How-to-Submit: Online Application

Download an example application here for reference. Please note that all applications must be submitted through the online portal, this is for your information only.

(The above grant cycle is reserved for Arbor Day Hawaiʻi projects. Please stay tuned for more information regarding the upcoming community grant opportunities for 2021.)

Step 2: Review the Kaulunani Grant Guidelines 

 

Download Kaulunaniʻs Grant Guidelines (PDF)

Download and review the latest Kaulunani Grant Program Application Guidelines (PDF)

These guidelines include information on (1) Background on the program, (2) Eligible Recipients, (3) Project Evaluation Criteria, (4) Match Requirements (5) Grant Timeframes, (6) Eligible Projects, (7) Ineligible Projects, (8) Payment Process, (9) Match Funds Requirements, and (10) Grant Categories.

This will help you understand what you will need to submit an application.

 

 

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.

Step 3: Know your Grant Application Level

 

Funding Range

Grant Level

Requirements

$500-$5,000

Arbor Day Hawaiʻi

Online Application (Pre-Proposal Recommended)

$500-$2,499

ʻIlima

Online Application (Pre-Proposal Recommended)

$2,500-$14,999

Māmaki

Online Application (Pre-Proposal Recommended)

$15,000-$300,000

ʻUlu**

Staff Consultation & Pre-Proposal Required

(See Opportunities Below)

$500-$14,999

Cool Your School

Cool Your School Pre-Proposal

 

 

Step 4: Get in Touch with Kaulunani Staff

 

We highly encourage getting in touch with Kaulunani before the grant deadline to discuss your project ideas. 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. You can email Heather McMillen, the Kaulunani Program Coordinator with your questions or take advantage of our online pre-proposal form:

Kaulunani Pre-Proposal Form

 

Step 5Download and Fill out the Required Forms 

 

  1. The Kaulunani Budget Form must be included with your application. Download here (excel .xlsx format)
  2. The Kaulunani Timeline must be included with your application. Download Word Doc here (.docx) Download PDF here

Download an example application here for reference. Please note that all applications must be submitted through the online portal, this is for your information only.

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 6: Submit your Application!

 

Applications are accepted up until 11:59PM(HST) on the date of each deadline via the online form provided below.

ANNOUNCEMENT: As of 2021, the Kaulunani Community Grant Program has moved to using a streamlined online application system! Kaulunani no longer accepts emailed applications.

APPLY HERE

 

Once you start your online application, you will be able to save your progress and return to complete your application up until the deadline.

All applications will request the following attachments: (1) project timeline (2) budget form, (3) letters of support.

For an example of what the online application asks for, download this Online Application Example (PDF), but please note that all applications need to be submitted via the online form. Reminder: Kaulunani no longer accepts emailed applications.

Once you have submitted your application using the online form, you should receive a confirmation that application was received. If you have any issues, please be in touch with staff via email.

Submitted?

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

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** ʻUlu Grant Opportunities & Timelines:

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.

Opportunity

Pre-proposal Deadline

Grant Deadline

Funding Range

Who Evaluates

Forest Service Level II (additional) UCF Funding

 June 15*

December 1 

$25K-100K

Kaulunani/FS

NUCFAC

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$50K-200K

DOFAW/ NUCFAC

Landscape Scale Restoration (WFLC)

TBA

TBA

$50K-300K

DOFAW/ WFLC

 

The Britton Fund

Multiple

Quarter prior to deadline

$10K-100K

The Britton Fund

Hawaii Tourism Authority
Aloha `Aina Program (RFPs)

 TBA

TBA

<$100K
Typical range $25-$50K

HTA

TreeFund Research Grants

Multiple

Quarter prior to deadline

$10K-100K

Tree Fund

*A pre-proposal on June 15 followed by a complete proposal on Sept 15, then attached to the annual proposal to the USFS by Dec 1 would be ideally positioned to be considered in the normal UCF “base” or Level II grant funding to the State. Please email us with questions or clarification.

 

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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