The Environmental Literacy Program offers competitive grant funding.

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

The Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Environmental Literacy Grants (ELG) Funding Opportunity is now closed.

The NOAA Office of Education had issued 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 (Funding Opportunity Number NOAA-SEC-OED-2018-2005455). Click here to learn more about this opportunity.

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