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Impacts

NOAA’s Environmental Literacy Program provides grants and in-kind support for programs that educate and inspire people to use Earth system science.
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 make informed decisions. 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 events 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, it has awarded over $72 million in federal funding to 88 institutions
 

2018 Impacts

  • 145 institutions advanced NOAA’s mission to enhance awareness and understanding of Earth system science through formal (K-12) and informal education initiatives that both inspire and prepare people to make the best social, economic, and environmental decisions. The impact of these institutions reaches, at a minimum, 37 states, 110 congressional districts, and 574 counties.
  • Over 45 million people visited institutions hosting 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.
  • Over 250,000 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 10,000 preK-12 students participated in formal education programs.

Environmental Literacy Grants competitions

 

Since 2015, NOAA’s Environmental Literacy Grants (ELG) competitions have funded science education projects that educate and inspire people and their communities to use Earth system science to become more resilient to local weather and climate hazards — by taking actions to mitigate vulnerabilities to the effects of severe weather and to adapt to the effects of climate change. 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. This response highlights the need for resilience education support. ELG competitions have been historically competitive, with only 10% of the 1,359 reviewed applications (since 2005) receiving federal funding.

Data Points (FY2005 - FY2018)

Between FY2005 and FY2018, NOAA’s Environmental Literacy Program awarded over $72 million in federal funding to advance NOAA’s mission through formal (K-12) and informal education.
ELP Federal Funding per Fiscal Year
Between FY2005 and FY2018, NOAA’s Environmental Literacy Program awarded over $72 million in federal funding to advance NOAA’s mission through formal (K-12) and informal education.
Between FY2005 and FY2018, NOAA’s Environmental Literacy Program provided federal funding and in-kind support to 133 grants. In FY2018, our program supported 20 grantees focused on educating and inspiring people to use Earth systems science.
ELP Open Grants per Fiscal Year
Between FY2005 and FY2018, NOAA’s Environmental Literacy Program provided federal funding and in-kind support to 133 grants. In FY2018, our program supported 20 grantees focused on educating and inspiring people to use Earth system science.

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Updated: Monday, April 15, 2019.