NOAA’s Environmental Literacy Program (ELP) provides competitive grants and in-kind support for programs that educate and inspire people and their communities to use Earth system science to improve ecosystem stewardship and increase resilience to environmental changes. Since 2015, NOAA’s environmental literacy grants provide funding to communities across the country to help them build the environmental literacy necessary for resilience to extreme weather, climate change, and other environmental hazards. Additionally, ELP supports long-term partners that work alongside NOAA to enable the education community to incorporate and deliver the latest scientific information about the ocean, coasts, weather, and climate. Since the program’s inception in 2005, ELP has awarded over $75 million in federal funding to 88 institutions (xls).
157 institutions (xls) advanced NOAA’s mission to enhance awareness and understanding of Earth system science through formal (K-12) and informal education initiatives. These institutions reach people in 36 states and 2 territories (including the District of Columbia), 114 congressional districts, and 595 counties.
About 50 million people visited institutions hosting exhibits or programs (including NOAA Science On a Sphere®) designed to increase their knowledge of the systems of the natural world and their ability to use scientific evidence to make informed decisions regarding environmental issues.
Over 244,000 youth and adults participated in informal education programs that enhance ecosystem stewardship and promote informed decision making.
Over 2,000 educators participated in professional development programs using evidence-based practices conveying Earth system science in compelling and relevant ways.
Over 13,000 PreK-12 students participated in formal education programs.
Environmental Literacy Program grantsSince 2015, NOAA’s Environmental Literacy Program grants competitions have funded science education projects that build environmental literacy of K-12 students and the public so they are knowledgeable of the ways in which their community can become more resilient to extreme weather, climate change, and/or other environmental hazards, and become involved in achieving that resilience. The response to these competitions was large — 540 applications with a total request of about $250 million submitted from 48 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (see a map of applications submitted by state)offsite link. This response highlights the great need for resilience education support; these competitions have been highly competitive, with only 4% of the reviewed applications receiving federal funding. Historically, ELG competitions have funded only 10% of the 1,359 applications reviewed since 2005.
Updated: Wednesday, August 5, 2020