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NOAA Announces FY16 Environmental Literacy Grants (ELG) Funding Opportunity

Updated Jan 6, 2016

The NOAA Office of Education has issued a competitive funding opportunity for education projects designed to strengthen the public’s and/or K-12 students’ environmental literacy to enable informed decision-making necessary for community resilience to extreme weather events and other environmental hazards.  Successful projects will advance NOAA’s mission and build the environmental literacy necessary for community resilience by focusing on geographic awareness and an understanding of Earth systems and the threats and vulnerabilities that are associated with a community’s location.  Update: Please note that we do not anticipate issuing a solicitation for applications next year. Rather, selected applications (based on rank order and selection factors) from the 2016 competition that do not receive funding in fiscal year 2016 will be held over for possible funding from fiscal year 2017 funds. For more information about the funding opportunity, click here

NOAA's Office of Education advances public environmental literacy and learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through the Environmental Literacy Grants (ELG) Program. The ELG Program is a competitive grants program that supports formal and informal/non-formal education projects implemented on regional to national scales. The ELG Program’s primary mission is to increase the understanding and use of environmental information to promote stewardship and increase informed decision making by U.S. educators, students, and the public, which directly contributes to NOAA’s mission.

The ELG Program is the longest standing and most comprehensive national grants program focused on environmental literacy, and through this focus, makes a distinctive contribution to STEM education.

 

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FY16 Environmental Literacy Grants (ELG) Funding Opportunity Is Now Open


Updated Jan 6, 2016

The NOAA Office of Education has issued a competitive funding opportunity for education projects designed to strengthen the public’s and/or K-12 students’ environmental literacy to enable informed decision-making necessary for community resilience to extreme weather events and other environmental hazards. Successful projects will advance NOAA’s mission and build the environmental literacy necessary for community resilience by focusing on geographic awareness and an understanding of Earth systems and the threats and vulnerabilities that are associated with a community’s location. Eligible applicants are limited to institutions of higher education; other nonprofits, including informal education institutions such as museums, zoos, and aquariums; K-12 public and independent schools and school systems; and state, local and Indian tribal governments in the United States. Proposed projects should be between two and five years in duration and have total budget requests of $250,000 to $500,000 for all years of the project.   Update: Please note that we do not anticipate issuing a solicitation for applications next year. Rather, selected applications (based on rank order and selection factors) from the 2016 competition that do not receive funding in fiscal year 2016 will be held over for possible funding from fiscal year 2017 funds.

Deadline

The deadline for applications to this funding opportunity is 11:59:59 pm EST on February 8, 2016. Applications must be submitted online via www.grants.gov. It is anticipated that awards under this announcement will be made by September 30, 2016 and that the projects funded under this announcement will have a start date no earlier than October 1, 2016.

Informational Teleconferences

The first informational teleconference with Program Officers occurred on Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm (EST). You can access a transcript from the December 10th teleconference here. The final informational teleconference with Program Officers occurred on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm (EST). You can access a transcript from the January 5th teleconference here. If you have any questions, please email oed.grants@noaa.gov.

Additional Information

To read the full funding announcement (NOAA-SEC-OED-2016-2004737), please visit www.grants.gov. To learn more about this funding opportunity, please visit NOAA OEd’s Frequently Asked Questions web page.

Past Funding Opportunities

For a complete list of past funding opportunities please visit the "Awards" tab.

Searchable List of Awards

Click here to access a searchable list of awards

Funding Competition History

Below you will find links to past funding opportunity announcements and award announcements for NOAA Environmental Literacy Grant (ELG) competitions. Please note that these are archival materials and more recent funding announcement materials will supersede policies, forms, templates and support materials found in the links listed below.


Informal/Nonformal Education

2015: ELG for Community Resilience to Extreme Weather Events and Environmental Changes
Funding Announcement | List of awards

2013: ELG for Building Capacity of Informal and Formal Educators
Funding Announcement | List of awards

2012: Ocean Education Partnership Grants (NOAA-SEC-OED-2012-2003333)
Funding Announcement | List of awards

2010: ELG for Informal/Nonformal Education: (NOAA-SEC-OED-2010-2002248)
Funding Announcement | List of awards

2009: Ocean Education Grants for AZA Aquariums (NOAA-SEC-OED-2009-2001842)
Funding Announcement | List of awards

2009: ELG for Science On a Sphere Network Capacity Building (SEC-OED-2009-2001662)
Funding Announcement | List of awards

2008: ELG for Spherical Display Systems for Earth Systems Science-Installations & Content (SEC-OED-2008-2001089)
Funding Announcement | List of awards

2007: ELG for Free-choice Learning (SEC-OED-2007-2000859)
Funding Announcement | List of awards

2006: Science On a Sphere Installation Cooperative Agreements (USEC-OED-2006-2000625)
Funding Announcement | List of awards

2006: Environmental Literacy (SEC-OED-2006-2000467)
Funding Announcement | List of awards

2005: Environmental Literacy (USEC-OESD-2005-2000118)
Funding Announcement | List of awards


Formal (K-12) Education

2015: ELG for Community Resilience to Extreme Weather Events and Environmental Changes
Funding Announcement | List of awards

2013: ELG for Building Capacity of Informal and Formal Educators
Funding Announcement | List of awards

2011/2012:  ELG for Formal K-12 Education (NOAA-SEC-OED-2011-2002608)
Funding Announcement | List of awards

2008/2009: ELG for Formal K-12 Education (SEC-OED-2009-2001282)
Funding Announcement | List of awards

2007: ELG for Formal K-12 Education (SEC-OED-2007-2000863)
Funding Announcement | List of awards

2006: Environmental Literacy (SEC-OED-2006-2000467)
Funding Announcement | List of awards

2005: Environmental Literacy (USEC-OESD-2005-2000118)
Funding Announcement | List of awards

To date, NOAA’s Office of Education has awarded 80 ELG awards totaling nearly $37 million. The ELG Program is notably competitive, with only about 13% of the 610 applications that have been sent for peer review ultimately receiving funding.

The Environmental Literacy Grants Program’s nationwide network of grantees includes museums, science centers, aquariums, universities, non-profit organizations, state agencies, and professional societies. More than 29 million people per year visit informal learning institutions with exhibits and programs funded through ELG (e.g., Science On a Sphere™), and millions of K-12 teachers, informal educators, students, youth and adult audiences have been served by instructional materials, professional development, and hands-on activities supported by ELG awards.

For a PDF version of these graphs, download a copy here.

The NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants program has awarded an average of 10 new competitive education grants per year since 2005. In Fiscal Year 2012, ELG provided funding for 8 new awards supporting service-learning activities for K-12 students and professional development programs for K-12 and informal educators.
Between 2005 and 2012, the NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants program awarded $36.8 million in grants to 60 museums, aquariums, science centers, universities, and other nonprofit organizations all over the United States.
Institutions and Visitorship
Number of Institutions Funded through ELG Total Annual Visitorship of Informal Science Education Institutions with an ELG-funded exhibit or program:
60 29,488,189

 

Total Funding
Total Funding Awarded through the ELG Program, FY05-FY12: $36,779,339
The NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants program supports STEM learning by providing funding for formal and informal education projects implemented on regional to national scales, with the goal of increasing environmental stewardship and informed decision-making among public and K-12 audiences.

NOAA Assets

NOAA assets are resources, services, or sites that are used to support NOAA's mission and to communicate NOAA research, data, information, and knowledge to the public. These include education materials and programs, data sets and visualizations, subject matter experts, facilities, and managed natural resource areas.

Competitive Education Grants Performance Metrics

Up-to-date performance metrics for NOAA's competitive education grants program (PDF)

Grants Dos and Don'ts

The Grants Dos and Don'ts handout, and presentation provide guidance created by NOAA’s Office of Education on how to write and submit grant applications.

Science On a Sphere Users Collaborative Network

The institutions that currently have NOAA's Science On a Sphere, as well as other partners who are creating content and educational programming for these systems, have formed a collaborative network. This network provides a mechanism for these institutions to work together to maximize the effectiveness of spherical display systems as Earth system science education platforms.

Tri-Agency Climate Change Education Collaboration

NSF, NASA, and NOAA have significant investments in projects that focus on increasing public understanding of climate science and improving the quality and effectiveness of climate change education in formal and informal learning environments. To minimize duplication of effort, foster synergy among the different projects, leverage existing resources, and facilitate communication between the growing community of scientists and educators engaged in climate change education, the three agencies actively coordinate with each other and convene regular joint PI meetings.

To facilitate the sharing of resources across the climate education community, a searchable Tri-Agency Climate Education (TrACE) catalog has been developed. TrACE lists educational products and resources generated by over 120 climate change education projects funded through competitive NASA, NOAA, and NSF awards. To visit the TrACE catalog, click here.