Fiscal Year 2016: Five new awards were funded through the Environmental Literacy Program (ELP).
These ELP awards will inform, educate, and inspire educators, students, and the public to use Earth systems science to improve ecosystem stewardship and increase resilience to environmental hazards.
Education plays a critical role in achieving NOAA?s mission and vision.
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 human and natural systems interact.
These awards support formal and informal education projects that cultivate these skill sets among diverse audiences.
Additionally, 6 awards initiated in prior years were provided with their next annual increment of funds.
Fiscal Year 2017: We anticipate funding at least 3 new awards that will help communities build the environmental literacy necessary for resilience to extreme weather events and other environmental hazards.
Additionally 12 awards initiated in previous fiscal years will be provided their next increment of funding.
Fiscal Year 2018: New funding opportunities have not yet been defined.
The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.
|Recipient||Amount||Start Date||End Date|
|Association Of Environmental And Resource Economists||$ 20,000||   ||2018-06-01||2023-05-31|
|Hawaii Preparatory Academy||$ 10,000||   ||2017-09-01||2022-08-31|
|University Of Hawaii Systems||$ 15,000||   ||2018-07-01||2022-06-30|
|North Pacific Marine Science Organization||$ 30,000||   ||2018-07-01||2022-06-30|
|Florida Aquarium, Inc., The||$ 99,978||   ||2019-01-01||2020-11-30|
|Soundwaters Inc||$ 168,440||   ||2017-09-01||2020-08-31|
|Gulf Of Maine Research Institute||$ 214,587||   ||2017-09-01||2020-08-31|
|Massachusetts Audubon Society, Inc.||$ 191,412||   ||2017-09-01||2020-08-31|
|Save The Bay, Inc.||$ 218,696||   ||2017-08-01||2020-07-31|
|University Of Southern Mississippi, The||$ 99,511||   ||2018-07-01||2020-06-30|
Fiscal Year 2016: The following audiences and institution types were served by NOAA?s mission-related educational awards in FY 2016; cumulative numbers of learners are approximate: 4 million Pre-K to 12 students; 13,000 formal and informal educators; 45 million adult learners in informal science education contexts; more than 150 institutions advanced NOAA?s mission to enhance awareness and understanding of Earth systems science through NOAA ELP-supported formal (K-12) and informal education initiatives that both inspire and prepare people to make the best social, economic, and environmental decisions. Fiscal Year 2017: Projects supported in FY 2017 will help communities build the environmental literacy necessary for resilience to extreme weather events and other environmental hazards. Communities have made clear their need for this type of project. The 2016 competition, out of which the 2017 awards were funded, received 170 proposals from 40 states, the District of Columbia, and 3 U.S. Territories (including Puerto Rico), with a request of more than $77 million. Fiscal Year 2018: N/A.
Uses and Use Restrictions
To provide funds to support educational activities and studies related to NOAA's mission.
Funds may not be used for construction of facilities.
Individual Federal Funding Opportunities may have additional restrictions on the use of funds, other than those mandated for grants and cooperative agreements.
Awards are primarily funded through annual appropriations to the Office of Education, but may also be funded through other agency programs and offices at their discretion.
Eligible applicants include federal, state, and local governments, tribal entities, universities and colleges, nonprofit and for-profit organizations and/or individuals.
Individual Federal Funding Opportunities may have more restrictive eligibility requirements.
This program benefits other Federal, state, and local governments, tribal entities, public and private universities and colleges, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, and the general public. Individual Federal Funding Opportunities may have more restrictive eligibility requirements.
Applicants are required to satisfy all DOC/NOAA standards and regulations, including standard and special award conditions for financial assistance. Recipients are required to use the System for Award Management Registration (formerly Central Contractor Registration) and Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System and be subject to reporting requirements, as identified in OMB guidance published at 2 C.F.R Parts 25 and 170. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
Aplication and Award Process
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Environmental impact information is not required for this program.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications, and in some cases preliminary applications, are submitted through Grants.gov. Applicants will need to enter the Funding Opportunity and/or the CFDA number to access the applications package and instructions. Application package will then be submitted directly to the Program Office. This program is subject to 2 C.F.R. Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance). For guidelines, see the specific funding opportunity.
Applications will undergo an administrative review and a technical review based on NOAA standardized evaluation criteria. For each project recommended for funding under this program, NOAA must analyze the potential environmental impacts of projects as required under the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act, 40 C.F.R 1500 through 1508. See the funding opportunity announcement for further NEPA guidance. NOAA reserves the right to withhold the awarding of a grant or cooperative agreement to any individual or organization delinquent on a debt to the Federal government until payment is made or satisfactory arrangements are made with the agency to which the debt is owed.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Reauthorization Act of 2010 ('America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010')., 33 U.S.C 893 a.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
> 180 Days. Approval time is expected to range from 180 to 240 days from the time of receipt of a complete application. This timeframe includes processing the award through NOAA and DOC financial assistance functions.
Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the sole discretion of the Department of Commerce/NOAA and contingent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funds.
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Up to five years. The funding is spent during the award's period of performance unless otherwise negotiated between the recipient and NOAA and approved by the NOAA Grants Management Division. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Post Assistance Requirements
Program reports are not applicable.
Cash reports are due in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award.
The Department's Financial Assistance Standard Terms and Conditions generally require that financial reports are submitted semi-annually or as otherwise required under special award conditions.
Reports will be submitted through NOAA's Grants Online System.
Programmatic progress reports are due in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award.
The Department's Financial Assistance Standard Terms and Conditions generally require that progress reports are submitted semi-annually or as otherwise required under special award conditions.
Programmatic progress reports summarize work accomplished, relate the progress to the original approved application and timeliness, explain situations where expected work has not been completed, and request modifications to the project plan as necessary.
Reports will be submitted through NOAA's Grants Online System.
Expenditure reports are not applicable.
Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other records of grantees or sub-grantees are required to be maintained in accordance with the terms of the award. The recipient must retain records for 3 years from the date with the final financial status report is submitted.
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $4,056,508; FY 17 est $3,929,779; and FY 18 est $0 - The Administration's Fiscal Year 2018 request was zero, but available funding may be higher depending on the outcome of FY2018 Congressional appropriations.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards typically range from $100,000 to $1,500,000 under the competitive process, with an average award amount of approximately $500,000.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Department of Commerce Grants and Cooperative Agreements Regulations. Allowable cost will be determined in accordance with 2 C.F.R Part 200 (Uniform Guidance). Financial assistance management will be in accordance with 2 C.F.R Part 200 (Uniform Guidance). For programmatic information on past and current funding opportunities, visit http://www.noaa.gov/office-education/grants.
Regional or Local Office
Office of Education HCHB 6863 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20230 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 202-482-3384
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Applications will undergo an administrative review and a technical merit review based on NOAA standardized evaluation criteria. NOAA standardized selection factors may also be used in making the final selection.