Are you focused on building science literacy so your students or community members can understand concepts in ocean, atmospheric, and Earth science?; assess the scientific credibility of information?; make informed and responsible decisions?; and most importantly, initiate actions to address pressing environmental issues?
Through federal funding opportunities of up to $5,000, NOAA Planet Stewards supports educators in carrying out hands-on stewardship projects with elementary through college age students, as well as the general public. Stewardship projects must make a substantive, and quantitatively measurable impact on an environmental issue related to the educator’s community. Projects should focus on the conservation, restoration, and/or protection of human communities and/or natural resources from environmental issues in one of the following four focus areas:
-Habitat conservation and restoration
-Carbon footprint reduction
Visit our Focus Area Resources page for more information about these topics and materials to consider when planning a project.
Educators requesting funding from NOAA Planet Stewards must submit an application and supporting documents by midnight (Pacific Time) June 5, 2022.
Applicants will be contacted regarding the status of their submission no later than July 31, 2022.
If approved, educators shall use the funds to carry out their project during the 2022/2023 academic year.
Educators receiving stewardship project funds will be required to send a detailed progress report every six months until the project is completed. For projects taking place during the 2022/2023 academic year, the first progress report is due by midnight (Pacific Time), January 29, 2023. A final report must be submitted within one month of completing the project, but no later than July 30, 2023.
Project funding from NOAA Planet Stewards is open to all formal and informal educators working with elementary through college age students, as well as the general public.
Preference will be given to:
Educators actively working in pairs or groups.
Educators proposing projects that engage multiple classrooms, grade bands, entire schools, or multiple schools.
Educators with organizational leadership roles, skills, or other activities that give the applicant an advantage in completing their project.
Projects which engage underserved and underrepresented audiences. The NOAA Office of Education defines these audiences as:
Underserved audiences: Populations who receive inadequate or inequitable services, who experience quality-of-life disparities, and who by design have little power or influence over outside decisions that impact their daily quality of life.
Underrepresented audiences: Populations in STEM who are categorized in the following racial or ethnic minority groups (Blacks or African Americans; Hispanics or Latinos; American Indians or Alaska Natives, and Native Pacific Islanders) based on their representation in STEM education or employment being smaller than their representation in the U.S. population.
Projects engaging partners external to the submitting educator’s school or organization, especially partners that provide tangible in-kind support.
Projects designed/with plans to persist beyond the federal funding period.
Individuals who have previously been awarded funds by NOAA Planet Stewards may submit applications for funding to implement stewardship projects in subsequent years. These applications must either be significantly different from previously funded projects, or significantly expand the scope or impact of their previously funded project (e.g., involve significantly more/different types of students and/or members of the community, increase the quantitative impact of their project, etc.).
If an educator currently completing a stewardship project would like to apply for funding for the subsequent year, they must have already submitted a progress report and supporting documents that show significant progress in their current project.