Florida Sea Grant-trained marine contractors work to install concrete domes that form the basis of an oyster reef. Photo: Larry Beggs, Reef Innovations Inc.

The Climate Ready Workforce for Coastal States, Tribes, and Territories Initiative — released under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) — is jointly run by NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program and NOAA's Climate Program Office, and leverages support from NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management. 

Sea Grant and the NOAA Climate Program Office, with support from the NOAA Office of Coastal Management, seek to establish programs aimed at 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 and territories 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 Sea Grant's formal announcement

notice of funding opportunity on Grants.gov
NOAA-OAR-SG-2024-2007783 (PDF here)

Access additional resources for prospective applicants


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

Informational Webinars


Questions about this opportunity may be submitted to sg.grants@noaa.gov.