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UL Innovative Education Award (ULIEA)

Awards to USA and Canada Nonprofits and Universities for
Programs that Integrate STEM and Environmental Education

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Foundation / Corporation

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UL and the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)

Deadline Date:

03/12/19 Midnight ET


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Awards starting at $25,000 to USA and territories and Canada nonprofit organizations and universities for programs that synthesize K-12 STEM education and environmental stewardship and sustainability. Funding is intended to increase the impact of existing innovative programs that use the environment as a pathway to STEM education. The program is designed to empower the next generation of leaders to connect with the natural world, develop science-based sustainable solutions for local communities, and nurture a capacity for social responsibility.

Eligible programs should promote:
- Advance STEM Learning: Successful programs promote science learning for young people through research and investigative experiences. STEM learning is prioritized, with an emphasis on creative approaches to problem solving and critical thinking. Ultimately, this activity will help young people acquire 21st century skills.
- Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility: Successful programs focus on environmental health, and the fair treatment and involvement of all people and communities in regards to the environment, to engage individuals in community and safety issues. They demonstrate a commitment to disseminating these solutions to people who will benefit from the information. Programs articulate the top civic priorities of their communities and why it is a social responsibility to address them. They encourage active civic engagement by serving as role models for their partners and the community.
- Solutions for Environmental Challenges: Successful programs have identified an environmental challenge in a specific community or region, designed or engineered solutions, and have applied those STEM-based solutions to the issues. Successful programs can demonstrate how they have tackled environmental problems using STEM solutions, and promoted those solutions to others

Several important priorities reflect the vision of the award:
- Environment
- Engineering
- Innovation
- Replicability and Scalability
- Evidence

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168077

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Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

1 Recognition Award of $100,000; 2 Recognition Awards of $50,000, and 2 Recognition awards of $25,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants can represent either a whole organization or one program within a larger organization.

Programs must be based in the US or Canada. Programs based in territories of the US or Canada are eligible to apply.

Any represented organizations must be a US 501(c)(3) not-for-profit or registered with either the Canada Revenue agency or a Canadian provincial revenue agency as a non-profit organization.

Applicants can choose to participate as an organization or as a program. Operating budgets for applying organizations or programs are capped at $3 million USD.

Applying as an organization, the not-for-profit must have an operational budget of no greater than $3 million USD. However, a not-for-profit with a larger operating budget can still participate if applying as a program. In this instance, the participating program must have an operating budget of no greater than $3 million USD, although the operating organization might have a greater budget overall.

Applicants must serve children in grades K-12, or a subset of that age range, in the US 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.

University programs are eligible to apply, as long as they meet all of the above criteria, including being operated under a US 501(c)(3) not-for-profit or an entity registered with the Canada Revenue agency as a non-profit organization.

K-12 schools and other institutions that provide formal education are not eligible to apply. However, not-for-profits/not-for-profit programs serving schools remain eligible.

B-Corporations (Public Benefit Corporations) are not eligible to apply. 501(c)(4) organizations are not eligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

The first phase is an open-invitation. In this phase, nonprofit or nonprofit program signatories submit online applications. Applications are due at midnight (Eastern Time) on March 12, 2019.

Finalists will be invited to participate in a second application phase.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon