Information you need to apply for an environmental literacy grant.

    Competition overview

    The NOAA Office of Education issued a competitive funding opportunity for projects that develop the collective environmental literacy necessary for communities to take actions that build resilience to extreme weather and climate change in ways that contribute to community health, social cohesion, and socio-economic equity.

    Competition status

    All deadlines for the Fiscal Year 2022 Environmental Literacy Program (ELP) Funding Opportunity have passed. 

    Competition details

    This funding opportunity has two types of projects through separate competitive priorities. Priority 1 awards are intended to fund new projects located in Central and Eastern Regions of the United States. These regions include the following states: Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The entirety of a project must only serve audiences located in one or more of the listed states. Note: The previous funding opportunity for this program covered the other states and territories of the United States.

    Priority 2 awards will support the evolution of projects funded under the 2015-2018 funding opportunities from this program  (NOAA-SEC-OED-2015-2004408, NOAA-SEC-OED-2016-2004737, and NOAA-SEC-OED-2018-2005455).

    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 2022 and 2023 funds.


    All deadlines for the Fiscal Year 2022 Environmental Literacy Program (ELP) Funding Opportunity have passed. 

    It is anticipated that awards under this announcement will be made by September 30, 2022, and that the projects funded under this announcement in fiscal year 2022 will have a start date no earlier than October 1, 2022.

    Additional information

    To read the full funding announcement (NOAA-SEC-OED-2022-2006995), 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-2022-2006995
    • Federal Funding Opportunity Title: Environmental Literacy Program: Increasing community resilience to extreme weather & climate change.
    • Publication Date: 09/15/2021
    • Pre-application (required) due date (Priority 1): November 1, 2021 - passed
    • Full application due date (Priority 1): 11:59 pm EDT on March 17, 2022, - passed
    • Full application due date (Priority 2): 11:59 pm EST on January 25, 2022  - passed 
    • Anticipated date of notification of award decisions: September 30, 2022
    • Earliest award state date: October 1, 2022

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