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Climate-Ready Workforce

NOAA’s Climate Ready Workforce for Coastal and Great Lakes States, Tribes, and Territories Initiative

NOAA’s Climate Ready Workforce for Coastal and Great Lakes States, Tribes, and Territories Initiative

Sea Grant and the NOAA Climate Program Office, with support from the NOAA Office for Coastal Management, seek to establish programs aimed at placing people across the country into good jobs that advance climate resilience and assisting employers in developing a 21st century workforce that is climate literate, informed by climate resilience, and skilled at addressing consequent challenges. NOAA will assist communities in coastal and Great Lakes states, territories and tribes so they may form partnerships that train workers and place them into jobs that enhance climate resilience. 

NOAA envisions making between 10-20 awards under this competition, at amounts ranging from $500,000-$10 million each. NOAA expects projects to range in duration from 24 months to 48 months, beginning no earlier than August 1, 2024. This opportunity is open to state, tribal, territorial and local governments, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations in coastal states or territories. Resources from NOAA’s Climate Program Office, Office for Coastal Management, and National Sea Grant Office and its partners will be available to provide technical assistance to applicants and recipients to support these innovative efforts. 

Read the formal announcement on NOAA-OAR-SG-2024-2007783 (PDF here)

Letters of intent are required in order to be eligible to submit a full proposal.

  • Letters of Intent due: November 30, 2023
  • Full Proposals due: February 13, 2024.

Questions about this opportunity may be submitted to

Resources for Applicants

NOAA will host several informational webinars to support applicants. Use the links below to register and join the webinars. 

Interested applicants may also send emails to

The “Resources for a Climate Ready Workforce” module of the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit provides definitions, examples, and explanations that will help applicants as they develop ideas and partnerships for the Climate Ready Workforce competitive funding opportunity. 

Connect with other interested groups using our Discord server.
Download a Summary Factsheet about the Climate Ready Workforce Opportunity (PDF)
Questions and Answers (PDF)

Additional Information

Other funding opportunities through the Inflation Reduction Act’s investment in NOAA: Learn more about NOAA’s Inflation Reduction Act Investment

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