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2023 Inflation Reduction Act Climate-Ready Workforce for Coastal States and Territories Competition

Open Date:


Close Date:


Upcoming Milestones:

Eligible Recipients:

  • Educational Institution
  • Local Government
  • Native/Tribal Entity
  • Non-profit
  • State Government

Program Purpose:

  • Economic Development
  • Education and Workforce Development
  • Environmental Clean-up

Reserved for Energy



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Funded by:

U.S. Department of Commerce


Through this Inflation Reduction Act Climate Ready Workforce for Coastal States, Tribes, and Territories Competition (hereafter referred to as “Climate Ready Workforce Competition”), NOAA will advance the Federal Ocean Climate Action Plan, make equity central to its work, and support economic growth–all toward the agency’s mission of science, service, and stewardship. Specifically, funded efforts will prepare and place workers in good jobs that enhance climate resilience and will advance environmental justice.


For purposes of this opportunity, a coastal state follows the definition in 16 U.S.C. § 1453(4), and includes Great Lakes states and US territories; the District of Columbia is also eligible under this opportunity.


This competition is designed to meet the emerging and existing skills needs of employers focused on climate resilience, while helping workers enter good jobs that enhance climate resilience. NOAA expects the results from this opportunity to directly support the actions from the U.S. Ocean Climate Action Plan, including, but not limited to:

  • Promote coastal community resilience strategies that are adaptive, equitable, and based on best practices.
  • Support transformational resilience investments in coastal habitat restoration, conservation and in coastal community resilience.
  • Advance evaluation and adoption of nature-based solutions, such as living shorelines, to build resilience against climate-driven coastal hazards.
  • Reduce climate threats and improve the resiliency of climate-vulnerable protected species, including marine mammals.

Related Resources

Additional information is available on the Resources page.

Funding Details

Funding Source:
Funding Type:
Grant - no match
Total Amount Available:
Limit per Applicant:
Estimated Awards:

Applicant Guidance

Successful applicants can receive funding for two types of activities:

  • Program design for partnerships to identify the skills needed by industry and workers; develop the skills training curriculum and materials in collaboration with NOAA (see Program Priorities in Section I.B.); and secure technical expertise needed to train workers with the skills needed by employers, including providing professional development and capacity-building to trainers.
  • Program implementation to deliver workforce training and wraparound services (e.g., childcare, transportation) that place workers into good jobs that enhance climate resilience through one or more sector partnerships.

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