The Environmental Literacy Program supports education programs that use NOAA science to promote stewardship and informed decision making.
Downloadable PDF Updated: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 NOAA’s Environmental Literacy Program (ELP) provides grants and in-kind support for programs that educate and inspire people to use Earth systems science to improve ecosystem stewardship and increase resilience to environmental hazards. We build capacity for institutions and networks to advance NOAA’s mission through formal (K-12) and informal education at national, regional, and local levels. Since 2005, our program has supported 104 projects through 121 grants totaling more than $67 million.
 Figure includes recipients, partnerships, and other institutions with increased educational capacity.
- More than 150 institutions advanced NOAA’s mission to enhance awareness and understanding of Earth systems science through NOAA ELP-supported formal (K-12) and informal education initiatives that both inspire and prepare people to make the best social, economic, and environmental decisions.
- More than 45 million people visited institutions hosting NOAA ELP-supported exhibits and/or programs (including NOAA Science On a Sphere®) designed to increase their knowledge of the systems of the natural world and ability to use scientific evidence to make informed decisions regarding environmental issues.
- More than 25,000 youth and adults participated in NOAA ELP-supported, informal education programs that enhance ecosystem stewardship and promote informed decision making.
- More than 1,250 educators participated in NOAA ELP-supported professional development programs using evidence-based practices conveying Earth systems science in compelling and relevant ways.
2016 Environmental Literacy Grant competitionThe 2016 Environmental Literacy Grant competition focused on helping communities build the environmental literacy necessary for resilience to extreme weather events and environmental hazards. The response to this competition was large – 170 applications, with a total request of more than $77 million, were submitted from 40 states, the District of Columbia, and three U.S. Territories. This response highlights the need to build a long-term foundation for resilience through education. Environmental Literacy Grant competitions are particularly competitive, with only 9% of the 1,122 reviewed applications (since 2005) ultimately receiving funding. Learn more about the funded projects through our searchable database of awards.
Federal Funding per Fiscal Year (FY) Between FY2005 and FY2016, NOAA’s Environmental Literacy Program awarded more than $67 million in federal funding to advance NOAA’s mission through formal (K-12) and informal education at national, regional, and local levels. Download Image
Open Grants per Fiscal Year (FY) Between FY2005 and FY2016, NOAA’s Environmental Literacy Program provided grants and in-kind support to 104 projects through 121 grants. On average, NOAA’s Environmental Literacy Program has supported 10 new projects per fiscal year. Download Image
Data PointsAwards Between FY2005 and FY2016, NOAA’s Environmental Literacy Program has awarded more than $67 million in federal funding to 81 institutions. In FY2016, the program supported 18 funded projects implemented by 25 institutions. Institutions advancing NOAA’s mission In FY2016, we supported more than 150 institutions advancing NOAA’s mission to enhance awareness and understanding of Earth systems science that both inspire and prepare people to make the best social, economic, and environmental decisions. The impact of these institutions reaches, at a minimum, 35 states, 111 congressional districts, and 620 counties. To learn more, we encourage you to read a few examples of our work:
 An institution’s reach is based on the county it is physically located. If an institution serves a public audience (i.e., visitors), our assumption also includes the counties within the congressional district in which the institution is located.