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eeBLUE Aquaculture Literacy Mini-Grants Program

Grants to USA and Territories IHEs, Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and
Tribal Governments for Projects Addressing the Marine Environment

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Office of Education - National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

04/02/21 11:59 PM EST


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Grants of up to $15,000 to USA and Territories IHEs, nonprofit organizations, for-profits, agencies, and tribal governments for outreach and educational projects addressing the marine environment. Funding is intended for collaborative projects to create a partnership between informal learning institutions (ideally aquariums), aquaculture industry experts (e.g. the shellfishing community), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

This competitively-based funding opportunity aims to support such partnerships by funding the development of aquaculture education programs that are responsive to the following goals of the Community of Practice for Aquaculture Literacy (CoPAL):

  • Bringing aquaculture education programming to institutions and/or target audiences currently lacking resources;
  • Building the capacity of environmental education providers to offer high-quality programming in informal and formal settings by matching aquaculture communication needs with existing research; and
  • Developing creative approaches for public engagement that promote a culture that values innovation, exploration, and community-relevant learning as a context for improving public aquaculture literacy.

Environmental education that successfully engages communities has five characteristics in common:

  • Community-Centered
  • Based on Sound Environmental Education Principles
  • Collaborative and Inclusive
  • Oriented Towards Capacity Building and Civic Action
  • A Long-Term Investment in Change

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194715

Number of Grants:

The total portfolio of funded projects is anticipated to reach a minimum of 4 regions with approximately 8 projects in 2021.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may apply for a total request of up to $15,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects should have a duration of no more than a 12-month period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This solicitation promotes partnerships between informal learning institutions (ideally aquariums), aquaculture industry experts, and NOAA. All funded activities must serve these partnerships. Additionally, this solicitation is intended to build capacity for informal learning institutions and the aquaculture industry, and this should be the main focus of the proposed programming.

Prospective applicants are eligible to submit a proposal if:
- The applicant is an institution of higher education, nonprofit organization, commercial organization, state or local government agency, interstate agency, for-profit aquaculture organizations and operations, or Indian tribal government.
- The primary applicant is not a federal government agency, a foreign entity, or an individual.
- Project work is conducted by a U.S. organization in the United States or territories.
- The application must include partners that are informal learning institutions (ideally aquariums), industry, and NOAA. The applicant is not on the federal government’s debarred list.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Want to learn more about this opportunity? Join for an informative webinar and Q&A!
eeBLUE Mini-Grant Webinar
- Friday, March 5, 2021
- 2:00 PM–3:00 PM ET


Join by Phone:
(‪US‬) ‪+1 252-499-2111‬
PIN: ‪751 268 140#‬

Pre-Application Information:

Competition Timeline:
- February 16, 2021 - Request for proposals announced
- March 5, 2021, 2 pm (Eastern) - Recorded webinar for potential applicants
- April 2, 2021- Request for proposals closes at 11:59 PM (Eastern)
- April - May 2021 - Review and selection
- June 2021 - Funding decisions announced (anticipated)
- July 2021 - Project funds available, earliest project start date

Applicants must be able to provide a valid DUNS number (


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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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