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Planning your Project

Begin planning your project by considering an environmental issue that relates to one of the 2021/2022 focus areas:

  • Marine debris
  • Habitat conservation and restoration
  • Carbon footprint reduction
  • Carbon sequestration

The funding application will ask you to explain how the issue relates to your community and to connect your local issue within a broader (regional, global) context.

Once you’ve identified an environmental issue, think about how you can address it by engaging the resources of your school, organization, and community, and how you would measure your project’s success. A successful project will make a substantive, measurable impact on the environmental issue you’ve identified. The impact of a Planet Stewards funded project must be quantitatively measured (e.g., acres of habitat protected or restored, tons of carbon sequestered). Educational/learning outcomes should be a part of, but not the primary measurement of the project’s success.

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Formulate a Strategy

The next step is to formulate a strategy to address your chosen environmental issue. Looking at past projects and the materials included on the Focus Area Resources page, can be particularly helpful at this stage. Projects do not need to be original in scope and may replicate previously funded NOAA Planet Stewards projects. But, each project should deal with an environmental challenge local to the educator submitting an application.

Formulating a strategy for your project will include thinking about:

  • Who will be involved — students, other teachers, partnering institutions, etc.
  • What activities your group will engage in to reach your desired goals.
  • The order and timing for the project’s activities.
  • What equipment and supplies you will need to complete your project.

Research or demonstration activities may be included, but should not be the main activity for the project. The projects’ primary activities should focus on hands-on environmental stewardship.

Finally, begin to pull together a budget and gather support from necessary stakeholders (e.g., school administrators, organizational managers, partnering educators).

These are the basic questions to ask yourself before you begin the application process. The following resources offer more detailed information and guidance related the project’s development, application and evaluation process:

  • Project Development Guide — Recommendations for developing your project plan, garnering support and resources for your project’s implementation, and materials you’ll need to submit with your application.

  • Application Walkthrough — This will help you frame your answers to each of the questions on your stewardship project application.

  • Application Evaluation Rubric — A guide to how Planet Stewards evaluates each proposal, determining which projects merit funding.

  • Progress Report — These are the details and format used to report progress to date of each funded project.

  • NOAA Likeness and Profile Release — EVERYONE appearing in a photo submitted to NOAA Planet Stewards as a progress report requirement MUST complete and submit a NOAA Likeness and Profile Release Form.

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Ready to Apply for Funding?

NOAA Planet Stewards Project Applications are submitted via a Google Form. Because this form does not allow you to save your work and return, or to edit your application once it is submitted, we highly recommend compiling all of your answers before you begin the application.

We further highly recommend you read through our application walkthrough first. This document is designed to help you plan your answers to each question on the application. The easiest way to complete the Google Form application is to prepare your answers in another document and then copy and paste into the form itself.

You should also have supporting documents prepared to upload into the form, including:

  • Support letters (.doc or .pdf)
  • Project budget (.doc, .xls, or .pdf)

Recommendations about how to organize these documents are noted in the application walkthrough.

The deadline for applications and all supporting materials is midnight (Eastern), June 6, 2021. Applicants will be contacted regarding the status of their submission no later than July 30, 2021. If approved, educators may use the funds to carry out their project during the 2021/2022 academic year. Apply using this form:

NOAA Planet Stewards Project Funding Application