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Hawaii Conservation Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, Businesses, Schools, and
Individuals to Preserve Natural Resources on the Hawaii Island of Lāna‘i

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Foundation / Corporation

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

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Deadline Date:

12/02/19 5:59 PM Hawaii Standard Time


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Grants starting at $15,000 to USA nonprofits, agencies, tribes, businesses, schools, and individuals to improve and preserve the natural resources of the Hawaii island of Lāna‘i. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. Funding is intended for watershed-level strategies that protect and enhance Lāna‘i’s coral reefs, native plants and animals, endangered Hawaiian petrel habitat, and sensitive coastal cultural sites, while fostering co-management with and engagement of Lāna‘i’s community stakeholders.

The primary focal geography for this RFP is an approximately 20,000 acre area comprised of the northeast watersheds on the island of Lāna‘i that is roughly bounded by Keōmoku Road to the north, the eastern coastline of Lāna‘i, Kapoho Gulch to the south, and over the top of the Lānaʻi Hale ridge to the top of the bench areas (encompassing the remaining native mesic forest).

This grant program is focused on funding projects that take a landscape-level approach to protecting the island from Kuahiwi a Kai – the mountain to the ocean – focusing on native habitat important for Hawaiian petrels in mauka areas, as well as reducing sedimentation into Lāna‘i’s makai marine ecosystems. Approaches include sustainable erosion control, replanting native vegetation, installation of effective ungulate and predator-proof fencing, and controlling invasive species.

This is a 5-year program that will focus on measurable benefits in the Eligible Project Area including:

  • Increased community conservation ethic, recognizing that natural resources ARE cultural resources, and involvement in landscape protection efforts;
  • Decreased erosion, flooding, and sedimentation;
  • Improved native habitat quality through ungulate population control and fencing of priority watersheds;
  • Management of invasive plants on Lāna‘i Hale to improve Hawaiian petrel nesting habitat;
  • Protection of native wildlife with predator-proof fencing where necessary and appropriate;
  • Improved reef health through improved fish biomass, structure, and improved water quality; and
  • Improved human, cultural, and recreational use of the area through preservation of nearshore resources, beaches, and cultural sites such as fishponds.

All proposals must spefically address how projects will directly and measurably contribute to the Kuahiwi A Kai Program goals. To view the 2020 Kuahiwi A Kai Program priority areas, see:

To better gauge progress on individual grants and to ensure greater consistency of project data provided by multiple grants, the program has a list of metrics in Easygrants. For program metrics, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 186987

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards generally range in size from $15,000 to $150,000, although grants greater than $150,000 can be considered on a case by case basis.

Term of Contract:

Five-year program

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, U.S. Federal government agencies, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, educational institutions, businesses, unincorporated individuals.

Ineligible applicants include international organizations.

NFWF funds and matching contributions may not be used to support political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying, litigation, terrorist activities or Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.

NFWF funds may not be used to support ongoing efforts to comply with legal requirements, including permit conditions, mitigation and settlement agreements. However, grant funds may be used to support projects that enhance or improve upon existing baseline compliance efforts.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Kuahiwi a Kai (From the Mountain to the Ocean) 2020 Webinar will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 9:30 AM Hawaii Standard Time.

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Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for full proposals is Monday, December 2, 2019, by 5:59 PM Hawaii Standard Time

- Applicant Webinar: Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 at 9:30 AM Hawaii Standard Time​
- Pre-Proposal Due Date: Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 by 5:59 PM Hawaii Standard Time
- Full Proposal Invites Sent: November 2019
- Full Proposal Due Date: Monday, Dec. 2, 2019 by 5:59 PM Hawaii Standard Time
- Review Period: December 2019 - March 2020
- Awards Announced: March 2020

A minimum match requirement of 1:1 is required and will be considered in application review. Matching Contributions consist of cash, contributed goods and services, volunteer hours, and/or property raised and spent for the Project during the Period of Performance. Larger match ratios and matching fund contributions from a diversity of partners are encouraged and will be more competitive during application review.

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

Register and apply online at:

For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact:
Jana Doi, Manager, Alaska and Hawaii Programs
(415) 243-3102

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Easygrants Helpdesk
Voicemail: 202-595-2497

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii: Island of Lāna‘i;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming