Education grants in support of NOAA's mission
Working at national, regional, and local levels, our funded projects educate and inspire people to use Earth systems science to improve ecosystem stewardship and increase resilience to environmental hazards. Education plays a critical role in achieving NOAA’s mission and vision. To make the best social, economic, and environmental decisions, individuals should have the ability to understand scientific processes, consider uncertainty, and reason about the ways human and natural systems interact (NOAA's Education Strategic Plan, 2015–2035). Since 2005, our grants have supported formal (K-12) and informal education projects that cultivate these skillsets among diverse audiences.
Environmental Literacy Grants (ELG)
NOAA's Office of Education regularly offers the Environmental Literacy Grants competition. Since 2015, this competition has focused on helping communities build the environmental literacy necessary for resilience to extreme weather events and other environmental hazards. Read about our 2018 awards.
NOAA's mission is directed toward a vision of the future where communities and their ecosystems are healthy and resilient in the face of sudden or prolonged change. To achieve this vision, NOAA strives to understand current Earth system conditions, project future changes, and help people make informed decisions that reduce their vulnerability to environmental hazards and stresses that emerge over time, while at the same time, increase their ability to cope with them. Environmental Literacy Grants are creating new models for how education can improve community resilience.
ELG competition status
A new competition for Environmental Literacy Grants will be issued in the fall of 2019. Pre-applications (required) will be due late fall 2019.
The NOAA Office of Education will issue a competitive funding opportunity for projects designed to support the education of the public and/or K-12 students so they are knowledgeable of the ways in which their community can become more resilient to extreme weather events and/or other environmental hazards, and become involved in achieving that resilience. See the Apply page for additional details.
NOAA-SEC-OED-2018-2005455 Competition Summary 2016-2017: Strengthening the Public's and/or K-12 Students' Environmental Literacy for Community Resilience NOAA-SEC-OED-2016-2004737 NOAA-SEC-OED-2015-2004408 Competition Summary 2013: ELG for Building Capacity of Informal and Formal Educators USEC-OESD-2005-2000118
For questions about the Environmental Literacy Program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.