Any AZA-accredited aquarium that doesn't yet know about the newest grant program from NOAA should read on and act quickly as the deadline for applications is coming up very quickly, immediately following the first 'official' World Oceans Day.
Also, if you are applying please know that The Ocean Project is interested in helping advance ocean conservation in partnership with you by expanding your collaborative reach through our growing network of 850 aquariums, zoos, science museums, conservation organizations and agencies. Please contact us if you will be submitting a proposal and interested in working with us in some capacity.
Title: NOAA's Ocean Education Grants for AZA Aquariums
The NOAA Office of Education (OEd) has issued a request for applications to support education projects designed to engage the public in activities that increase ocean and/or climate literacy and the adoption of a stewardship ethic. Funded projects will be between one and five years in duration and will support ocean education projects led by eligible applicants. Eligible applicants are only 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that are either (1) aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) or (2) have a legally sanctioned affiliation with an AZA-accredited aquarium. Organizations that do not meet these eligibility criteria are allowed to be partners on projects with the eligible applicant as the lead institution.
It is anticipated that recommendations for funding under this announcement will be made by August 30, 2009 and that projects funded under this announcement will have a start date no earlier than October 1, 2009. The deadline for applications is 5:00 PM EST on June 9, 2009.
Visit http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/funding_opps.html for the full announcement and additional information.
This funding opportunity's Funding Opportunity Number for www.grants.gov is