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Educating and inspiring people to use Earth system science.

NOAA’s Environmental Literacy Program (ELP) provides grants and in-kind support for 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 necessary 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.

Fiscal Year 2020 Impacts

  • 146 institutions with increased educational capacity 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 education programs.

  • Over 15,000 children, youth, and adults participated in informal education programs that enhance ecosystem stewardship and promote informed decision making.

ELP: Statistics

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 ELP competitive grants operating and the amount of 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. 

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.

Resilience Education: Statistics

Since 2015, ELP grant competitions have funded projects that build the environmental literacy necessary 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 response to these resilience education competitions was large — 714 applications with a total funding request of about $325 million submitted from 49 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. This response highlights a continuing level of strong demand for NOAA’s expertise and science education resources to help communities become more resilient through education. That said, ELP resilience education competitions have been highly competitive, with only 4% of the reviewed applications receiving federal funding.

To date, ELP has awarded a total of 30 grants to 27 institutions nationwide for a total of $12,463,169 in federal funding. ELP’s resilience grantees have served thousands of children, youth, and adults from 33 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. They have helped to increase resilience to extreme weather, climate change, and other environmental hazards in 180 communities through education — about one-third of which are considered rural and/or persistent-poverty area.

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

ELP Resilience 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 for resilience education.

ELP Resilience Grants Funding 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 for resilience education. Since 2015, ELP has provided about $12.5 million to help people and their communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from extreme weather, climate change, and/or other environmental hazards.

Updated: Monday, December 7, 2020