North American Association for Environmental Education: Underwriter Laboratories Innovative Education Award
The Underwriter Laboratories (UL) Innovative Education Award invests in the critical work of nonprofit organizations across the U.S. and Canada that are leading the way to inspire a passion for STEM learning among young people through a focus on designing solutions to environmental problems. The award program empowers the next generation of leaders to connect with the natural world, develop evidence-based sustainable solutions for local communities, and nurture a capacity for social responsibility.
The Award will support innovative programs that already make positive impacts in their communities. With the support of this award, these successful programs can scale up their efforts to reach more youth in their communities and share their innovations with other organizations, and develop new innovations.
Proposed programs must serve children in grades K-12, or a subset of that age range, in the U.S. or Canada. Programs may also serve educators working with children in grades K-12, or a subset of that age range, but evidence provided in the application must show the impact on the K-12 students, not just the educators in the program. Additionally, programs must:
- Advance innovative E-STEM Learning
- Adhere to one of the following methodologies: 1) focus on Environmental Education (EE), using EE to address STEM learning; or 2) focus on STEM learning, using STEM to address environmental challenges
Amount: One grand-prize winner will receive $100,000; two second-tier winners will receive $50,000 each; and two third-tier winners will receive $25,000 each.
Eligibility: U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or organizations registered with either the Canada Revenue Agency or a Canadian Provincial Revenue Agency as a nonprofit organization. Operating budgets for applying organizations or programs are capped at $3,000,000 USD.
Note: K-12 schools and other institutions that provide formal education are not eligible to apply. However, nonprofits/nonprofit programs serving schools remain eligible.
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