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Kaulunani Grant Program

Grants to Hawaii Non-Federal Organizations
for Urban Forestry Projects and Outreach

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Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) - Division of Forestry and Wildlife

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Grants starting at $500 to Hawaii non-Federal organizations for urban forestry projects. Applicants requesting larger amounts must submit a pre-proposal prior to applying. Funding is intended for new programs, projects, and initiatives and for activities that are not currently receiving funding.

The program is designed to encourage citizen involvement in creating and supporting long-term and sustained urban and community forestry programs in Hawai`i.

Eligible Projects must meet Federal and State Program Objectives. Projects may fall under one of four categories:

  • Urban and Community Forest Technology Tools
  • Urban Forestry Professional Training
  • Education and Public Outreach
  • Demonstration Tree PLanting

Priorities of Focus identified in the Forest Action Plan:

  • Climate Change
  • Education & Outreach
  • Emergency Management
  • Health & Well Being
  • Invasive Species
  • Ordinances & Legislation
  • Urban Tree Care
  • Water Quality & Green Infrastructure
  • Wildland Urban Interference

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GrantWatch ID#: 176563

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Estimated Size of Grant:

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.

Application Levels:
$500-$2,499: ILIMA
$2,500-$14,999, Arbor Day Max $10K: MĀMAKI
$15,000-$300,000: `ULU
$500-$14,999: Cool Your School

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Non-Federal organizations operating within Hawaii may apply for a Kaulunani Urban Forestry Grant.

Ineligible projects include, but are not limited to, greenspace property acquisition and related costs, tree removal and maintenance, and projects that will take place on inaccessible private property.

Ineligible Requests include, but are not limited to: computers, printers, typewriters, cameras, phones, fax machines, structures, or other equipment, food and refreshments. Salaries and wages (administrative funds, overhead, salaries or wages) are typically not supported but can be used as match. Contractual services for work needed to implement the project may be included.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadlines are August 1 and November 1. In 2019, priority will be given to projects that apply to the August 1 deadline.

Cool Your School applications require a pre-proposal. There is a rolling deadline for the pre-proposal and selected schools will be notified within two weeks and asked to prepare a final proposal.

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.

Generally, successful applicants may submit one grant request per year.

This is a cost-share grant program - all funds requested must be matched by non-Federal cash or in-kind contributions. The Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council review and approve projects and make recommendations to the Division of Forestry and Wildlife Administrator.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Send MĀMAKI proposals, ILIMA proposals and `ULU pre-proposals to:

Send Cool Your School applications to:
or mail to:
Kaulunani Coordinator, Kaulunani, 1151 Punchbowl St.,
Rm. 325, Honolulu, HI 96813

For questions, contact:

Heather McMillen
Program Coordinator
(808) 587-0054

Jolie Dollar:

Cool your School contact:
Jolie Wanger:
808 721 7604

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Hawaii