Kaulunani Grant Program

State of Hawai'i Division of Forestry and Wildlife

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Grant amount: US $500 - US $14,999

Anticipated deadline: Aug 1, 2020

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Conference, Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Hawaii

Location of residency: Hawaii

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Kaulunani has awarded grants to hundreds of non-profit groups, schools, community organizations, parks, museums and arboretums. Both the Honolulu zoos and the Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens on the Big Island have benefited from Kaulunani grants!

Kaulunani’s grants have made nearly every urban area in Hawai‘i greener and more enjoyable through grants that have enabled the planting of trees and involved the community in caring for the ‘āina.


The Division of Forestry and Wildlife’s Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service and the Kaulunani Urban Forest Council, announces the Urban and Community Forestry (U&CF) Grant Program. The program is designed to encourage citizen involvement in creating and supporting long-term and sustained urban and community forestry programs in Hawai`i.

Grant Categories

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

*These areas of focus are priorities​ but are not required, detailed strategies are suggested in the table here and in our Forest Action Plan.

Category I: Urban and Community Forestry Technology Tools

Detailed documents or set of tools to improve the management of Hawaii's urban and community trees and forests.

Examples of Category I projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Tree inventory
  • Urban tree canopy assessments
  • Mapping of urban & community forests
  • Green infrastructure planning
  • Tropical Urban Forestry BMPs
  • Climate change analyses
  • Water quality analyses
  • GIS project
  • Tools for legislative processes
  • Invasive species management tools
  • Emergency management planning

Category II Tropical Urban Forestry Professional Training

Educational opportunities for the urban forestry tree care industry including county, private or state entity, and non-profits, and those retained through written agreement to advise and/or assist in the development or management of their urban or community forestry program. 

Examples of Category II projects include, but are not limited to:

Training for industry professionals to:

  • Increase the knowledge and expertise of the tree care industry through workshops and seminars.
  • Improve coordination among partners to support the inclusion of trees in green infrastructure.
  • Develop standards to increase and enforce urban forestry best management practices.
  • Develop a tropical urban forestry management plan. Identify plans, policies, ordinances, rules and laws impacting Hawaii's urban forest.
  • Develop BMPs for tropical urban forestry.

Category III Education and Public Outreach

Projects that: create public awareness of the value and benefits of trees, mitigate the impacts of invasive species from the urban forest on native ecosystems, illustrate proper tree care, and promote Arbor Day.

Examples of Category III projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Workshops, conferences, seminars
  • Educational festivals/events
  • Volunteer or in-house training
  • Urban forestry youth programs
  • Student Programs (K-12 to college level programs)
  • Arbor Day Events​ – celebrated on the first Friday/Saturday in November (see information below)
  • Neighborhood Outreach
  • Marketing efforts

Arbor Day Grants (It is recommended applicants apply by the February 1 Deadline in order to be considered for Arbor Day Grants.)

Priority will be given to Arbor Day Tree Giveaway projects that create public awareness of the value and benefits of trees, proper planting techniques and proper tree care and maintenance. 

Category IV: Demonstration Tree Planting Projects

Trees have many benefits, and a clearly defined “demonstration” project will focus on one or more of those benefits to the community.

Examples of Category IV projects include, but are not limited to:

  • How trees reduce energy use
  • Demonstrate how trees can improve the water quality by planting along urban streams.
  • How trees are green infrastructure
  • How trees demonstrate cultural benefits
  • Demonstrate how trees can be used as a tool to mitigate the effects of storm water runoff, heat islands, sea level rise, climate change, and how trees can protect coastal areas from storms.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Non-Federal organizations operating within Hawaii may apply for a Kaulunani Urban Forestry Grant.
  • Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program funds must be matched equally (dollar for dollar) with non-federal funds.
  • Projects must have the support and involvement of community groups (such as local government, local volunteer organizations, business industry, etc.). 
  • Eligible Projects must meet Federal and State Program Objectives.
  • Projects may fall under one of four categories described in Overview.
  • The Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program is intended to support new initiatives, programs, projects or activities not currently being funded through other source.


  • Funds cannot be used as a substitute for existing funds.
  • 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 cann be used as match.
    • Contractual services for work needed to implement the project may be included.