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Educating and inspiring people to use Earth system science to improve ecosystem stewardship and increase resilience to environmental hazards.

NOAA’s Environmental Literacy Program (ELP) provides competitive grants and in-kind support for K-12 and informal education programs that educate and inspire people to use Earth system science to improve ecosystem stewardship and increase resilience to environmental hazards. The program also builds capacity for institutions and networks to advance NOAA’s mission through formal and informal education at national, regional, and local levels.

Since 2015, ELP has funded projects that build the environmental literacy of children, youth, and adults so they are knowledgeable of the ways in which their community can become more resilient to extreme weather, climate change, and other environmental hazards, and become involved in achieving that resilience. The new ELP Community Resilience Education Theory of Change articulates the outcomes that are sought and being achieved through these investments. Summative evaluation reports and links to project summaries are available for more information about completed ELP community resilience education projects.

2020 impacts

  • 146 institutions 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) and 668 communities.

  • Over 1,000 educators participated in professional development programs using evidence-based practices conveying Earth system science in compelling and relevant ways.

  • Over 5,000 K-12 students participated in formal science education programs.

  • Over 15,000 children, youth, and adults participated in informal science education programs.

NOAA ELP: Statistics on all awards

Since the program's inception in 2005, ELP has awarded a total of 142 environmental literacy grants to 93 institutions nationwide for a total of $79,094,054 in funding. The charts below illustrate the number of open ELP grants and the amount of federal funds expended through ELP.

ELP grants (open) per fiscal year

The chart below shows the total number of new and continuing grants that accepted federal funding and received in-kind support per fiscal year from ELP in each fiscal year.

ELP Grants (Open) per Fiscal Year (2006 - 2021)

 

NOAA ELP grants funding per fiscal year

The chart below shows the total amount of federal funding ELP expended per fiscal year. Since 2005, ELP has provided nearly $80 million to advance NOAA’s mission through formal and informal education.

ELP Grants (Funding) per Fiscal Year (2005 - 2020)

 

NOAA ELP: Statistics on community resilience education

In 2015, recognizing a gap in educational approaches, the focus of ELP competitions evolved from building individual’s understanding about global climate change to supporting community involvement in locally focused, solutions-oriented resilience efforts. This change afforded a greater emphasis on helping communities learn about and find solutions to the observed and anticipated impacts of extreme weather, climate change, and other environmental hazards. The response to this change has been remarkable — 714 applications with a total federal funding request of about $325 million have been submitted from 49 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories in the past 5 years. This response highlights the strong demand for NOAA’s expertise and science education resources to help communities become more resilient through formal K-12 and informal education. Given this response, ELP community resilience education competitions have been highly competitive, with only 4% of the reviewed applications receiving federal funding.

To date, ELP has awarded a combined total of 30 grants to 27 institutions nationwide for a total of $12,463,169 in federal funding. The charts below illustrate the number of ELP community resilience education grants operating and the amount of federal funds expended through ELP for community resilience education.

The charts below illustrate the number of ELP resilience-related grants operating and the amount of funds expended through ELP.

NOAA ELP community resilience education grants (open) per fiscal year

The chart below shows the total number of new and continuing grants that received federal funding and in-kind support per fiscal year from ELP for community resilience education.

ELP Resilience Grants (Open) per Fiscal Year (2006 - 2021)
 

NOAA ELP community resilience education grants funding per fiscal year

The chart below shows the total amount of federal funding ELP expended per fiscal year for community resilience education. Since 2015, ELP provided about $12.5 million to support the education of children, youth, and adults in both formal and informal settings so they are knowledgeable of the ways in which their community can become more resilient to these hazards, and become involved in achieving that resilience.

ELP Resilience Grants (Funding) per Fiscal Year (2005 - 2020)
 

NOAA ELP community resilience education grants & geographic impact

Since 2015, ELP’s community resilience education grantees have served thousands of children, youth, and adults from 33 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. They have supported education efforts to increase resilience to extreme weather, climate change, and other environmental hazards in 180 communities — about one-third of which are considered rural and/or persistent-poverty areas.

To see the geographic impact of NOAA’s ELP community resilience education grantees, view a mapoffsite link of all the grantees and the counties where their projects’ activities occurred or are occurring — and/or download the data. Note: this map shows closed and open awards. In the map the:

blue dots indicate an institution that has received a community resilience education award from ELP. Click on the blue dot, and a pop-up window will appear with information about the institution and the awards in which they are involved, such as funding amount, major partners, focus areas of award(s), related resilience plans, and links to additional information online. Note: Some institutions have received more than one award and may be involved in awards led by other institutions. In these instances, there will be more than one entry within the pop-up window. To see the multiple entries, click the arrows at the top of the pop-up window.

grey shaded counties indicate where an impact is occurring or has occurred from an award. Click on a shaded county, and a pop-up window will appear with information about the award(s) serving that county, such as the lead institution, major project partners, and the focus areas of the award(s).

 

Updated: Tuesday, March 9, 2020