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Ocean Literacy Community Grants

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Advancing National Strategy Action Stream #2

What are the Ocean Literacy Community Grants?


Identified as a priority action in the Canadian Ocean Literacy StrategyCOLC together with their national team of partners were delighted to launch the Ocean Literacy Community Grants program in winter 2023. 

This program  provides more accessible funding opportunities for community-driven ocean literacy initiatives that are regionally, culturally, and linguistically relevant. 

Inaugural Grants

In spring 2023, 28 grant recipients, receiving a total of $60,008 were selected by a national advisory committee from a pool of 146 applications29% of projects were Indigenous-led. The 2023 grants supported Ocean Week Canada events in June 2023. Grant recipients used a variety of approaches, including arts, shoreline explorations, hands-on learning, community science, and knowledge-sharing between generations and cultures. Grants ranged from $500 to $3000

Read the 2023 Impact Report

Upcoming Grant Calls

As our Ocean Literacy Community Grants program grows, we are offering three different grant focuses over the coming months. These include:

  • Blue Schools Experiential Learning Grant: November 1 – January 15
  • Blue Creators Grant: November 1 – December 15
  • Ocean Week Canada 2024 Community Event Grant: January 5 – February 2

Watch this space for updates!