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Office of Education Funding Announcements

Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Grants - Now Open

Updated October, 2015

Some 2016 regional B-WET competitions are now open. For more information, please see: Fiscal Year 2016 funding opportunities are anticipated in all regions with the exception of New England.

NOAA Announces New Environmental Literacy Grants

Updated September 10, 2015

NOAA’s Office of Education is pleased to announce that it has awarded approximately 2.75 million dollars to six grantees as part of the Environmental Literacy Grants (ELG) Program’s competition for Strengthening the Public’s and/or K-12 Students’ Environmental Literacy for Community Resilience to Extreme Weather Events and Environmental Changes (NOAA-SEC-OED-2015-2004408). Projects will build the environmental literacy necessary for community resilience by focusing on geographic awareness and an understanding of Earth systems and the threats and vulnerabilities that are associated with a community’s location and will be based on the latest science about the threats and vulnerabilities facing communities and consider socio- economic and ecological factors. NOAA’s scientific data, data access tools, data visualizations, and/or other physical and intellectual assets will be incorporated into all funded projects.

As stated in the 2015-2035 NOAA Education Strategic Plan, NOAA’s Office of Education is committed to improving and expanding the Nation’s preparedness, response, and resilience to the challenges and impacts of hazardous weather, changes in climate, and other environmental threats monitored by NOAA. NOAA is responsible for the science behind understanding, forecasting, and responding to threats that involve weather, water, climate, and the marine and coastal environment. NOAA issues forecasts, watches, and warnings based on observations of the natural world from weather radar, ground observations, ships, satellites, and sophisticated models of environmental systems. For society to become more resilient, individuals should have the ability to understand scientific processes, consider uncertainty, and reason about the ways that human and natural systems interact. Therefore, it is not enough for NOAA to research Earth systems; NOAA must also empower the Nation to use this information to support healthy ecosystems, communities, and economies. Education plays a significant role in empowering the Nation to understand and use NOAA-related science and other relevant information to create an informed, safe and actively prepared country.

FY15 Community Resilience Environmental Literacy Grant Recipients:

State District Environmental Literacy Grant Recipient Total Funding
AZ AZ09 Arizona State University $499,901.00
CA CA14 Califa Group $499,919.00
ME ME01 Gulf of Maine Research Institute $499,181.00
NY NY16 Groundwork Hudson Valley $468,428.00
VA VA03 The Science Museum of Virginia $456,428.00
WA WA10 Nisqually River Foundation $298,713.00

To learn more about these projects, please click here.

NOAA's ELG Program is the nation's longest standing and most comprehensive grants program focused on environmental literacy. The program provides funding for formal and informal STEM education projects on regional to national scales for both public and K-12 audiences. To learn more, please visit: If you would like to receive email announcements of future ELG competitions, please send an email to with the subject “Add to Listserve”.