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Updated October 16, 2014

NOAA Education anticipates running another federal funding opportunity for this program during the fall or early winter via grants.gov. Please check here and at grants.gov for more details. If you would like to be added to our distribution list to receive future announcements about our funding opportunities, please email your request to oed.grants@noaa.gov. More information about the ELG Program, including past competitions, is available via the program’s homepage. NOAA’s Office of Education is pleased to announce awards totaling approximately 1.5 million dollars over three years to five institutions as part of the Environmental Literacy Grants competition for Building Capacity of Informal and Formal Educators.

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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Since its inception in 2005, twelve Environmental Literacy Grant (ELG) funding opportunities have been issued. The ELG program typically offers funding opportunities on an annual basis with award amounts ranging from $200,000 to $1.5 million. Eligible organizations can apply for ELG funding opportunities via www.grants.gov. For information about current and former ELG awards, visit the "Awards" tab. You can also subscribe to our mailing list by sending an email to oed.grants@noaa.gov, or contact the Office of Education Grants Team at 202-482-0793.

NOAA Announces New Environmental Literacy Grants

Updated October 16, 2014

NOAA’s Office of Education is pleased to announce awards authorized for a total of $1,541,569 over three years to five institutions as part of the Environmental Literacy Grants competition for Building Capacity of Informal and Formal Educators. These five awards support two collaborative projects: Advancing Climate Literacy through Investment in In-service and Pre-service Science Educators (ACLIPSE) and Carbon Networks: Using Local and Regional Datasets, Visualizations and Narratives to Build Educator Capacity about Ocean Acidification and Global Change.

The Advancing Climate Literacy through Investment in In-service and Pre-service Science Educators project will leverage NOAA assets including the NOAA-funded curriculum Ocean Sciences Sequence for Grades 6–8: The Ocean–Atmosphere Connection and Climate Change, data from NOAA-supported ocean, estuarine and atmospheric observing networks, and NOAA-affiliated scientists. The goal is to design and implement a complementary suite of materials, courses and workshops for university teacher educators to use with middle school in-service and pre-service teachers. The project builds capacity of formal science educators by providing: (1) opportunities to become knowledgeable about global environmental change and real-time data; (2) exposure to different climate knowledge systems through place-based connections with the ocean through technological and/or indigenous observing systems; and (3) materials and expertise to apply their learning to teaching practice in a long-term, sustainable manner. The awards that support this project were made to the following institutions:

  1. Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California Berkeley for $579,539
  2. Western Washington University for $291,963

The three-year project started on October 1, 2014.

The Carbon Networks: Using Local and Regional Datasets, Visualizations and Narratives to Build Educator Capacity project will address the disconnect between scientific evidence and the public’s understanding of the impacts of ocean acidification and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The project will develop and implement professional development for informal and formal educators in the use of authentic ocean and atmospheric data to create meaningful place-based education narratives and activities about these impacts. It will bring together three diverse, informal education partners in a collaborative project to co-design educator professional development workshops and implement training programs in their respective institutions. By connecting local ocean and atmospheric data with that of regional, Pacific and global systems, Carbon Networks creates a new approach to understanding global environmental change by relating it to the local environments that are most relevant to people’s lives. The awards that support this project were made to the following institutions:

  1. Exploratorium for $438,871
  2. Pacific Science Center for $88,478
  3. Waikiki Aquarium at the University of Hawaii-Manoa for $142,718

The three-year project started on September 1, 2014.

“NOAA’s Office of Education is pleased to support and partner with these significant organizations,” said Louisa Koch, director of education at NOAA. “We are excited about the potential of both projects to build the capacity of formal and informal science educators to use and interpret NOAA’s wealth of scientific data in order to raise the level of environmental literacy of their student and public learners, an important effort strongly connected to NOAA’s mission. We look forward to seeing the goals and objectives of each of these projects fully realized.”

These awards were made through the Environmental Literacy Grants for Building Capacity of Informal and Formal Educators Federal Funding Opportunity (Number: NOAA-SEC-OED-2013-2003614). Additionally, there were four awards previously funded under this opportunity.

 

Past Funding Opportunities

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

Searchable List of Awards

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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

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

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.

Grants Dos and Don'ts

This document provides 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.