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

    Competition status

    A new competition for Environmental Literacy Grants (ELG) will be issued in the fall of 2019. Pre-applications (required) will be due late fall 2019. 

    Competition details

    The NOAA Office of Education will issue 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. This competition will use funding from federal fiscal years 2020 and 2021; therefore, no new competition will be offered until late 2021.

    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 at
    Updated August 5, 2019