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Hilo Preservation Grant Program

Grants to Hawaii Nonprofits, Businesses, and Agencies
to Restore and Preserve Historically Important Buildings

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Historic Hawai‘i Foundation (HHF)

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Grants to Hawaii nonprofit organizations, for‐profit businesses, and government agencies in eligible areas to beautify, preserve, and rehabilitate historically important structures and buildings. The goal of the program is to support projects that improve the appearance and longevity of the area, to promote preservation as a mechanism for building community, to enhance Hawaii’s sense of place, and to support improved societal relationships. Eligible applicants must propose projects in the historic waterfront and downtown area of Hilo on Hawai'i Island.

Projects must be located within the area bounded by Hilo Bay on the east, Wailuku River on the north, Kino‘ole Street on the west and Ponahawai Street on the south. Historic properties in the vicinity that lie outside this area may be proposed with the advance approval of Historic Hawai‘i Foundation.

Project eligibility:

  1. Grants are available for the preservation of non‐residential historically significant buildings, structures (including walls, streetscape elements, or public art) and landscapes (including exceptional trees and parks) regardless of ownership status.  
  2. The subject property must be listed on or found to meet the criteria for listing on the Hawai‘i or National Registers of Historic Places (HAR §13-198-8). Contributing buildings or features within a historic district may apply. Small‐scale features, such as walls, trees, landscaping, etc. are eligible to apply.   
  3. The project must preserve or rehabilitate the historic property following appropriate preservation standards.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186121

Number of Grants:

Approximately 10 grants are expected to be awarded annually.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $10,000 to $100,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations, for‐profit businesses, and government agencies may apply.

Residential dwellings or single‐family houses are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

The next grant deadlines are June 15 and October 15, 2021.

All Nominations are to be submitted using the Online Grant Application Form.

The Grantee should demonstrate that additional funding and/or in‐kind support from individuals, community members, and other funders is in place, with the grant funding request being part of an overall financial plan that is thorough and reasonable.

Additional information:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Historic Hawaii Foundation
680 Iwilei Road, Suite 690
Honolulu, HI 96817
Phone: (808) 523-2900
Fax: (808) 523-0800

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Hawaii: Historic Downtown Hilo area

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