The information you need to apply to an Environmental Literacy Grants competition.

    Competition status

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

    Competition details

    The NOAA Office of Education has 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. Successful projects will relate to NOAA’s mission and build the environmental literacy necessary for community resilience to the weather and other environmental hazards that are associated with a community’s location. Eligible applicants are limited to institutions of higher education; K-12 public and independent schools and school systems, other nonprofits, including informal education institutions such as museums, zoos, and aquariums; state and local government agencies; and Indian tribal governments in the United States. Proposed projects should be between two and five years in duration and have total budget requests of $250,000 to $500,000 for all years of the project. Please note that we do not anticipate issuing a solicitation for applications next year. Rather, applications from the 2018 competition that do not receive funding in fiscal year 2018 may be held over for possible funding from fiscal year 2019 funds.


    The deadline for applicants who received authorization to submit a full application is 11:59 pm EDT on April 6, 2018. Full applications must be submitted online via Only applicants who receive authorization from NOAA are eligible to submit a full application. Full applications from applicants who were not asked to submit them will not be reviewed or considered for funding.

    It is anticipated that awards under this announcement will be made by September 30, 2018 and that the projects funded under this announcement will have a start date no earlier than October 1, 2018.

    Informational Teleconferences

    One informational teleconference with the program officers was offered on March 13, 2018 to applicants whose pre-applications received authorization to submit full applications. The recording to this teleconference can be accessed below:

    Two pre-application informational teleconferences will the program officers were offered for prospective applicants. Teleconferences occurred on November 21, 2017 and November 29, 2017. Transcripts for these teleconferences are available below:

    Additional Information

    To read the full funding announcement (NOAA-SEC-OED-2018-2005455), please visit To learn more about this funding opportunity, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions web page.

    Summary of Funding Opportunity
    Federal Funding Opportunity #: NOAA-SEC-OED-2018-2005455
    Federal Funding Opportunity Title:

    Building the Environmental Literacy of K-12 Students and the Public for Community Resilience

    Publication date: November 7, 2017
    Pre-application teleconference dates:

    November 21, 2017 and November 29, 2017

    Pre-application due date: 11:59 pm EST on December 19, 2017, submitted via Grants.Gov
    Anticipated date of notifying applicants of authorization to submit a full application: February 19, 2018
    Full application teleconference date: March 13, 2018
    Full Application due date: 11:59 pm EDT on April 6, 2018, submitted via Grants.Gov
    Anticipated date of notification of award decisions: September 30, 2018
    Earliest award start date: October 1, 2018

    Resources for this competition and general guidance for preparing applications

    Visit our Awards page to learn about the competitions we have run and awards we have funded since 2005. For announcements concerning future competitions, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  If you are interested in serving as a reviewer of Environmental Literacy Grants applications, please contact us
    Updated March 15, 2018