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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Environmental Literacy Grants

Deadline: November 25, 2019

Note: For Priority 1, pre-applications are required and will be used to determine which institutions are invited to submit full applications to this priority. The deadline for pre-applications is November 25, 2019 and the deadline for Priority 1 full applications is March 26, 2020. For Priority 2, only full applications are requested and the deadline for Priority 2 applications is February 11, 2020.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Environmental Literacy Program (ELP) supports projects that educate and inspire people to use Earth system science toward improving ecosystem stewardship and increasing resilience to environmental hazards. ELP grants have supported formal and informal education activities at local, regional, and national levels to address NOAA’s mission of science, service, and stewardship. This mission is directed toward a vision of the future where communities and their ecosystems are healthy and resilient in the face of sudden or prolonged change. A vision of resilient communities guides NOAA and its partners in a collective effort to reduce the vulnerability of communities and ecological systems in the short-term, while helping society avoid or adapt to potential longterm environmental, social, and economic changes. To make the best social, economic, and environmental decisions, individuals should have the ability to understand scientific processes, consider uncertainty, and reason about the ways that human and natural systems interact.

The goal of this funding opportunity is to build environmental literacy of K-12 students and the public so they are knowledgeable of the ways in which their community can become more resilient to extreme weather and/or other environmental hazards, and become involved in achieving that resilience. Communities can develop and apply environmental literacy to help accomplish their resilience goals. This literacy will be built within individuals, but not all individuals need to attain the same level of knowledge, skills, and confidence, as long as the community collectively attains sufficient environmental literacy to work together to contribute to the overall well-being of the whole. In this way, environmental literacy-along with community health, civic engagement, social cohesion, and equity-enhance resilience. Efforts to build environmental literacy ultimately aim to contribute to the reduction of risks from current and future environmental hazards through climate-smart and inclusive decision making and long-term stewardship of healthy ecosystems, all the while promoting a low-carbon economy.

Projects should build the collective environmental literacy necessary for communities to become more resilient to the extreme weather and other environmental hazards they face in the short- and long-term. Building sufficient environmental literacy in a community means that these communities are composed of individuals who are supported by formal and informal education that develop their knowledge, skills, and confidence to: (1) reason about the ways that human and natural systems interact globally and where they live, including the acknowledgement of disproportionately distributed vulnerabilities; (2) participate in scientific and/or civic processes; and (3) consider scientific uncertainty, cultural knowledge, and diverse community values in decision making. Projects must relate to NOAA’s mission in at least one of the following areas: ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, weather, and climate sciences and stewardship.

Priority 1 awards will support new projects located in Southern and Western Regions of the United States. The Southern Region includes the following states and territories: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas, and the United States Virgin Islands. The Western Region includes the following states and territories: Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Priority 2 awards will support the evolution of projects funded under the 2015-2016 funding opportunities from this program.

Amount: Approximately $3,000,000 is available to make 6-10 awards for both Priorities:

  • For Priority 1, projects must be between 2-5 years in duration and the total federal amount requested from NOAA for each project must be no less than $250,000 and no more than $500,000 for all years of the project, including direct and indirect costs
  • For Priority 2, projects must be between 2-5 years in duration and the total federal amount requested from NOAA for each project must be no less than $100,000 and no more than $500,000 for all years of the project, including direct and indirect costs

Eligibility: Institutions of higher education; K-12 public and independent schools and school systems; other nonprofits, including community-based organizations and informal education institutions, such as museums, zoos, and aquariums; state and local government agencies; and Indian tribal governments in the United States.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=321575

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