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Grants to Hawaii Nonprofits for Environmental Stewardship of Coastal and Marine Areas


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USA: Hawaii

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2018 Community Restoration Partnership (CRP)

Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF)

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #166949

Grant Description

Grants of up to $50,000 per year to Hawaii nonprofit organizations for on-the-ground coastal restoration projects. Applicants are advised that registration in the online grants system may take up to two days to complete. Projects should involve community stewardship and focus on sustainable and durable positive impacts on near shore marine areas.

To build long-term, sustained healthy impact for Hawai‘i’s nearshore marine ecosystems, the CRP program hopes to achieve increased capacity of restoration projects to sustain and steward their nearshore areas; improved quality of restoration work using data, science, best practices in the field, and cultural practices; and a built network of environmental stewardship partners that contribute to the State’s sustainability goals for Hawai‘i.


CRP is a partnership of local and national funders to support the stewardship of nearshore marine ecosystems by community-based organizations through a statewide grant program. Since 2009, CRP has provided annual grants totaling $3.3 million in combined public and private funds statewide to 75 community-based organizations for cultural and environmental projects that restore coral reef habitat and wetlands, reduce land-based sediment and pollution, control invasive species, and restore traditional fishponds, lo‘i, and ecosystems.

Marine 30x30 Initiative:

The CRP grant program complements the Marine 30x30 Initiative focusing on the goal of 30% effectively managed near shore marine areas by 2030. This sustainability target is led by the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources and is reflected in the The Aloha + Challenge, The Hōkūle‘a’s Promise to Pae ‘Āina, and The Sustainable Hawai‘i Initiative. Currently, a Roadmap to 30x30 is being developed which will detail baseline conditions, share results of a spatial analysis to identify 30x30 focus areas, and outline next steps for management action in the nearshore environment. The aim of the network of focus areas is to: a) Maintain and rebuild the long-term sustainability of nearshore fisheries, b) Sustain marine resources upon which the rich cultural heritage and traditional Hawaiian practices are built, c) Maintain the social and economic benefits that support the multi-cultural way of life, d) Increase coastal and reef resilience to climate change and local stressors, and e) Protect and restore the unique natural diversity and abundance of the oceans and the integrity of marine habitats. Projects that directly support the State’s sustainability goals will be given special consideration.

2019 – 2021 Community Restoration Partnerships Grant Program:

The Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF) and its Funding Partners--the Harold K. L. Castle Foundation, the Kamehameha Schools, the Marisla Foundation, the Atherton Family Foundation, the Jeanne Herbert fund at HCF, and other funding partners--are pleased to announce a new, three-year CRP grant program to start January 1, 2019 and end December 31, 2021.

Similar to the previous program, CRP will provide grant support for on-the-ground coastal restoration projects in Hawai‘i that involve community stewardship activities and focus on durable and sustainable healthy impacts on coastal and near shore marine areas. Last year, CRP Funding Partners determined that the best way to sustain long-term positive impact of nearshore, community-based restoration projects is to financially support projects over a multi-year period and provide training and technical assistance support to CRP-funded projects. As a result, in addition to grant support over a 3-year period, this newly designed CRP program will provide grantees with training and technical assistance support through regular grantee gatherings, as well as, use of and access to consultants, cultural practitioners, and other experts within the cultural and environmental restoration field.

CRP grant program goals are to support quality community-based restoration projects that:
-Are informed by data, sound science, and capture and reinforce cultural values of Hawai‘i;
-Led by or in strong partnership with local community groups in active and ongoing nearshore environmental stewardship;
-Exhibit collaboration between multiple partners; and
-Encourage science-based monitoring with data to track the impact of restoration over time.

Restoration projects that exhibit and support one or more of these goals should consider applying to this program.

CRP projects that demonstrate one or more of the following will be given special consideration during the selection process (please note: these are not evenly weighted):
-Projects that restore coral reef habitat, coastal wetlands and estuaries;
-Projects that directly reduce land-based sources of pollution, including sediment runoff;
-Projects that improve resilience in the restoration area;
-Projects that restore traditional cultural infrastructure that benefit coastal ecosystems (e.g. fishponds, lo‘i, etc.);
-Projects that support and increase local food production as part of the restoration effort;
-Projects that include ongoing stewardship involving the community; and
-Projects that can exhibit broad applicability to community restoration efforts statewide will also be considered.

In addition to the grant award, selected restoration projects will receive the following:

Training and networking opportunities through regular grantee gatherings and other events.
-Training topics at grantee gatherings and events may include among others: building organizational and program capacity, improving volunteer management, and achieving financial sustainability.
-Projects will have the ability to network with other restoration projects across the state to share best practices, successes, challenges, trends, and more.
-Projects will receive knowledge and latest updates related to restoration work and its impact from government officials, experts in the field, cultural practitioners, and more.

Technical assistance using a variety of consultants and experts.
-Support with project evaluation, including developing clear and measurable project benchmarks, tracking and monitoring of project data and progress in reaching set benchmarks, and the ability to demonstrate measurable outcomes.
-Use of and access to consultants, scientists, cultural practitioners, and other experts that can provide a variety of assistance to projects to improve their impact.

Other support:
-Connections to other statewide restoration projects, government officials, and other partners engaged in environmental restoration for increased partnership and resource sharing.

Evaluation Criteria:

The strongest proposals are those that demonstrate the following criteria:
1. Organization’s background and ability to implement the project for the community it serves.
2. Feasibility of the proposed project to identify and describe project need and activities, relation to CRP goals, positive benefits to marine areas, and use of community partnerships and involvement.
3. Clearly articulates a reasonable project timeline, current phase of the project, and long-term stewardship plan for the restoration area.
4. Indicates clear and measurable project results and outcomes that positively benefit Hawai‘i’s nearshore marine areas.
5. Project budget is realistic and complete and meets or exceeds the 50% match requirement.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility and Requirements:

1. Applicants must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations. Projects that are not associated with an organization with 501(c)(3) status must have a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status.

2. Organizations must be in good standing with HCF. Organizations currently funded by HCF with overdue final reports, as of the proposal deadline, are not eligible to apply.

3. Restoration projects must be located in Hawai‘i.

4. Applicants must provide at least a 50% match for grants awarded under the Community Restoration Partnership. The most competitive projects will provide 100% (or greater) match of the requested award amount. Matching resources may consist of cash/other grants, in-kind services, and/or verified volunteer time. Sources of proposed match need to be identified in the proposal; actual matching resources must be documented and reported to HCF.

5. Proposals must address any federal, state and local permits, and approvals related to the project. Applications may be accepted for permits that are in process, but required permits must be in hand in order for grant to be awarded.

Grants may not be used for the following:
-Re-granting (i.e., redistribution to these funds to other organizations or individuals)
-For the benefit of specific individuals
-Major capital improvements including capital campaigns, construction or renovations
-Activities that promote religious beliefs.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must meet or exceed the 50% match requirements.

The online application deadline is Monday, August 27, 2018, 12:00 p.m. HST.

If you are a new user in the online grant system, please note that the registration process may take up to 2 days to complete.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests of up to $50,000 per year (maximum of $150,000 over 3 years) will be considered.

Term of Contract:

Requests of up to 3 years will be considered. The award period will start January 1, 2019 and end December 31, 2021. Restoration projects with grant requests of only one or two years will also be considered.

Contact Information:

Apply Online:

Larissa Kick, Sr. Program Officer
(808) 566-5565

Iolani Castro, Program Assistant
(808) 566-5540

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