Information you need to apply for an environmental literacy grant.

    Competition status

    All deadlines for the Fiscal Year 2020 Environmental Literacy Program (ELP) Funding Opportunity have passed. We plan to issue a new competition for the Environmental Literacy Program in the fall of 2021.

    Competition details

    In the fall of 2019, NOAA Office of Education issued a 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, climate change, and other environmental hazards, and become involved in achieving that resilience. Awards from this competition are being partially funded from the federal fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget and are anticipated to be additionally supported with FY2021 funds, based on congressional appropriation. Therefore, the next competition will not be offered until late 2021, using congressionally appropriated FY2022 funding.


    This funding solicited two types of projects through separate competitive priorities. 

    • Priority 1 awards are supporting new projects located in Southern and Western Regions of the United States.  

    • Priority 2 awards are supporting the evolution of projects funded under the 2015-2016 funding opportunities from this program.

    We anticipate that Priority 1 of the next funding opportunity of this program (planned for for publication in the fall of 2021) will support projects from the Central and Eastern regions, which encompass the remainder of the United States, while Priority 2 will support the evolution of previous ELP-funded community resilience education projects.

    Additional details of the “Environmental Literacy Grants: Supporting the education of K-12 students and the public for community resilience” competition are available in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOAA-SEC-OED-2020-2006190). 

    Resources and general guidance for preparing applications: 


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    Updated September 30, 2020