Information you need to apply for an environmental literacy grant.

    Competition status

    The deadlines for pre-applications for Priority 1 and full applications for Priority 2 of the Fiscal Year 2020 Environmental Literacy Program (ELP) Funding Opportunity have passed. Applicants who were authorized to submit a full application for Priority 1 have been notified, and only those institutions that receive authorization from NOAA are eligible to submit a full application for Priority 1. UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline for Priority 1 full applications has been extended to 11:59 pm EDT on April 2, 2020. 

    Competition details

    The NOAA Office of Education has issued a competitive funding opportunity for projects designed to build environmental literacy of K-12 students and the public so they are knowledgeable of the ways in which their community can become more resilient to extreme weather and/or other environmental hazards, and become involved in achieving that resilience. 

    This funding opportunity has two types of projects through separate competitive priorities. Priority 1 awards are intended to fund new projects located in Southern and Western Regions of the United States. 

    • The Southern Region includes the following states and territories: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas, and the United States Virgin Islands. 

    • The Western Region includes the following states and territories: Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. 

    We anticipate that Priority 1 of the next funding opportunity of this program (planned for fall of 2021) will support projects from the Central and Eastern regions, which encompass the remainder of the United States.

    Priority 2 awards will support the evolution of projects funded under the 2015-2016 funding opportunities from this program (NOAA-SEC-OED-2015-2004408 and NOAA-SEC-OED-2016-2004737). The full list of awards that support or supported eligible projects can be found here:

    Please note that we do not anticipate issuing a solicitation for applications next year. Rather, applications to this funding opportunity may be funded with fiscal year 2020 and 2021 funds. 


    For Priority 1, pre-applications were required, and deadline was on November 25, 2019. UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline for full applications has been extended to 11:59 pm EDT on April 2, 2020. For Priority 2, the deadline for full applications was on February 11, 2020. 

    It is anticipated that awards under this announcement will be made by September 30, 2020 and that the projects funded under this announcement in fiscal year 2020 will have a start date no earlier than October 1, 2020.

    Informational Teleconferences

    Program officers held informational teleconferences to overview the funding opportunity and field questions. Transcripts for these teleconferences are available

    Additional Information

    To read the full funding announcement (NOAA-SEC-OED-2020-2006190), please visit To learn more about this funding opportunity, please visit our Priority 1 and Priority 2 Frequently Asked Questions web pages.

    Summary of Federal Opportunity:

    • Federal Funding Opportunity #: NOAA-SEC-OED-2020-2006190
    • Federal Funding Opportunity Title: Environmental Literacy Grants: Supporting the education of K-12 Students and the Public for Community Resilience
    • Publication Date: 10/15/2019
    • Pre-application due date (Priority 1): 11:59 pm EST on November 25, 2019, submitted online via (passed)
    • Anticipated date of notifying applicants of authorization to submit a full application (Priority 1): February 6, 2020 (passed)
    • Full application due date (Priority 1): 11:59 pm EST on April 2, 2020
    • Full application due date (Priority 2): 11:59 pm EST on February 11, 2020 (passed)
    • Anticipated date of notification of award decisions: September 30, 2020
    • Earliest award state date: October 1, 2020

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    Updated March 16, 2020