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Grants to Hawaii Nonprofits and Agencies for Environmental Conservation Projects

Aloha ‘Āina Program


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Funding Source
and Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Hawaii

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/24/23 4:00 PM HST Save

Grant Description
Grants to Hawaii nonprofit organizations and government agencies to protect and preserve the state's natural resources. Funding is intended for community-based activities and programs that help manage, enhance, and protect Hawai‘i’s natural environment and areas frequented by residents and visitors.

The Aloha ʻĀina program funds projects that improve value-added amenities at natural resource sites; explore innovative means to repair, maintain and improve Hawaiʻi’s natural resources; increases collaboration among government agencies, the visitor industry, and the community; and raise awareness of commercial operators, information providers, and others regarding the responsible use of natural resources.

Natural Resources are a vital element in HTA’s Five Year Strategic Plan. HTA strives to manage, protect and improve Hawai‘i’s natural resources to ensure a high level of satisfaction for residents and visitors by:

  • Exploring innovative means to repair, maintain and improve Hawai‘i’s natural resources.
  • Raising awareness of all stakeholders and supporting educational opportunities focused on the responsible use of natural resources.
  • Encourage and support sustainable and responsible tourism.
  • Engage and encourage active natural and cultural resource management strategies in areas frequented by visitors.
  • Promote visitor industry alignment with the Aloha+ Challenge, Hawai’i’s recognized model to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, especially for energy and water.
  • Increases efforts toward natural Resource preservation, restoration, and management.
  • Increases opportunities for natural resource education.
  • Providing opportunities for continued mitigation efforts.
  • Enhancement of Existing Project – demonstrates enhancement and/or innovation of the existing project
  • Community Support and Involvement – evidence of partnerships with outside organizations and visitor industry partners. The project has broad-based community support and is in line with community values and community resources.

The HTA would like to encourage applicants to consider incorporating and implementing “green” practices into programs and/or projects. These practices could include but are not limited to, efforts such as:

  • Increasing recycling efforts;
  • Minimizing waste production;
  • Buying local;
  • Minimizing printing and limiting the number of handouts;
  • Using recycled products such as paper for printing;
  • Using more environmentally friendly products or biodegradable products;
  • Providing transportation alternatives such as car-sharing or park and rides;
  • Conserving water;
  • Ensuring your venue has an environmental sustainability policy; and/or
  • Incorporating energy-efficient practices


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Non-profit organizations with tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status and in good standing or government agencies operating within the State of Hawai‘i may apply. If your organization or project is not currently linked to a 501(c)(3) organization, you may be able to work in partnership with a fiscal sponsor. Please contact HCF staff, Kehau Meyer for related questions.

Eligible organizations must be providing services in the State of Hawai‘i.

Pre-Proposal Conference
HCF and HTA staff will be conducting two virtual informational sessions on Zoom to answer questions regarding both Kūkulu Ola and Aloha ʻĀina Funding Opportunities and to provide technical assistance with the application process. A session recording will be posted on the HCF website for those who are unable to attend.

• Session #1: April 20th, 2023, 12:00pm to 1:00pm Register Here:
• Session #2: May 1, 2023, 10:30am to 12:00pm Register Here:

In addition, HTA will be hosting statewide, in-person Community Information Sessions that will focus on reviewing each island’s Destination Management Action Plan and how it relates to the Kūkulu Ola and Aloha ‘Āina programs, respectively. Please visit HTA’s website for more information about these community information sessions.

Pre-Application Information
The deadline to apply is Monday, May 24, 2023, at 4:00 PM HST.

Multiple proposals from an organization for different and separate projects will not be accepted. Only one proposal per RFP.

Awarded programs will receive notification of awards by the end of June 2023 with a grant start date of July 1, 2023.


Estimated Size of Grant
Applicants can apply for amounts of up to $100,000, with awards generally within the $25,000 to $75,000 range.

Term of Contract
Applications will be considered for one year of funding for projects within the 2023-2024 program year.

Contact Information
Register and apply online:

Direct questions to Kehau Meyer at (808) 566-5537 or

Hawaii Community Foundation
827 Fort Street Mall
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 537-6333

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