NOAA Environmental Literacy Program FY2022 Funding Opportunity

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Date and Time:

Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 9:00am to Monday, November 1, 2021, 11:59pm

The NOAA Office of Education has 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.

This funding opportunity is soliciting two types of projects through separate competitive priorities.

Priority 1 will support new projects ($250,000 - $500,000 per project) located in 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 these listed states. Please note: The previous funding opportunity for this program in 2020 covered the other states and territories of the United States.

Priority 2 will support the evolution of projects ($250,000- $500,000 per project) funded under the 2015-2018 funding opportunities from this program. 

For both priorities, eligible applicants are:

  • institutions of higher education; 
  • K-12 public and independent schools and school systems; 
  • other nonprofits, including community-based organizations and informal education institutions, such as museums, zoos, and aquariums; 
  • state and local government agencies; and 
  • Indian tribal governments in the United States. 

Please note that the agency does 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. 


For Priority 1, pre-applications are required and will be used to determine which applicants are invited to submit full applications to this priority. The deadline for pre-applications is 11:59 pm EDT on November 1, 2021 and the deadline for Priority 1 full applications is 11:59 pm EDT on March 17, 2022. 

For Priority 2, only full applications are requested and the deadline for Priority 2 applications is 11:59 pm EST on January 25, 2022.

Informational Teleconferences:

For Priority 1, two informational teleconferences with the program officers will occur on Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm EDT and Monday, September 27, 2021 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm EDT.

An informational teleconference for Priority 2 with the program officers will occur on Thursday October 28, 2021 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm EDT. Interested applicants may obtain the phone number and related teleconference information by visiting the Apply webpage

Additional Information:

Read the full funding announcement (NOAA-SEC-OED-2022-2006995) in for the complete requirements.