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Funding available to support environmental school projects

Kupu, Hawaii’s leading conservation and youth education organization, and Kokua Hawaii Foundation announce the second annual Hawaii Youth Sustainability Challenge mini-grant program opportunity.

Students and educators in grades 6-12 at public, private and charter schools on Hawaii Island can apply for funding to support innovative and grassroots environmental initiatives that will create new and sustainable solutions for their schools and communities.

“Seeing so many youth engage in ways to improve the environment and their communities is truly inspiring, and we look forward to supporting even more creative Hawaii Youth Sustainability Challenge projects next year,” said Kupu CEO John Leong.

This past year, Kupu and Kokua Hawaii Foundation awarded funds to support four projects on Hawaii Island: creating a children’s book about harvesting pa‘akai (sea salt) by students at Kealakehe Intermediate School; building and placing recycle bins and signage throughout Kohala High School; planting a community garden at Parker School; and restoring a garden and incorporating traditional Hawaiian cultural lessons and protocol at St. Joseph School.

This coming year, $20,000 in funding is available for individual project grants between $150 and $1,000, based on project scope and needs.

HYSC mini-grant applications are available online at The deadline to apply is Dec. 15.

Awardees will be selected in early January and funding will be distributed at the end of January through early February.

For more information about the sustainability challenge program, visit


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