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Bay-Watershed Education and Training Program

Grant: Bay-Watershed Education and Training Program
Agency: U.S. Department of Commerce
Division: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Education
Deadline: Deadlines vary regionally; see regional program websites for specific deadlines.

Description: NOAA Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) is an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning in the K-12 environment. The primary delivery of B-WET is through competitive funding that promotes Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs). B-WET serves seven areas of the country: California, Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, New England and the Pacific Northwest. At this time the New England, California, Pacific Northwest and Gulf of Mexico regions are accepting proposals for Fiscal Year 2015 funding.

A Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience:

  • Is investigative or project oriented.
  • Is an integral part of the instructional program.
  • Is part of a sustained activity.
  • Considers the watershed as a system.
  • Is enhanced by NOAA products, services or personnel, where appropriate.

Each of the seven geographic areas has its own funding announcement that includes region-specific priorities, resources, funding availability information and deadlines:

  • The Request for Proposal for the Hawaii competition is available here. The deadline to apply was September 30, 2014.
  • The Request for Proposal for the New England competition is available here. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2014.
  • The Request for Proposal for the Gulf of Mexico competition is available here. The deadline to apply was October 24, 2014.
  • The Request for Proposal for the California competition is available here. The deadline to apply is November 21, 2014.
  • The Request for Proposal for the Pacific Northwest competition is available here. The deadline to apply is November 21, 2014.
  • The Request for Proposal for the Chesapeake Bay competition is available here. The deadline to apply is January 14, 2015.

Fit for Public Broadcasting: While the specific requirements of this program vary among the different regions in which it is offered, all regions emphasize environmental education, including teacher training. Public media stations' expertise in out-of-the-classroom learning and their strong ties within a community will be beneficial in applications for this program. Public broadcasting stations are eligible to apply directly to this program, but it may make more sense to collaborate with an environmental organization, local educational agency or state educational agency.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants are K-12 public and independent schools and school systems, institutions of higher education, commercial and nonprofit organizations, state or local government agencies and Indian tribal governments.

Anticipated funding: Funding amounts and project periods vary among programs. The California program will make 15 to 20 grants with a total of approximately $800,000 in funding. The Pacific Northwest program will make approximately $400,000 in total for six grants ranging from $25,000 to $60,000 each. The Chesapeake Bay program will make approximately $1.2 million in total for grants. Of that, $900,000 will be made for MWEE Systematic Implementation projects and $300,000 for MWEE Capacity Building Projects.

How to apply: All programs require that applications be submitted through Online submission requires registration, a process that usually takes three to five business days but can take as long as four weeks. Be sure to visit and begin registering well in advance of the deadline.

NOAA's Bay-Watershed Education and Training Program
Pacific Northwest B-WET Website
California B-WET Website
Great Lakes B-WET Website
Chesapeake Bay B-WET Website


This Grant Center profile is not an official federal document but a brief synopsis of a federal program. Be sure to consult the program website and material as the authoritative source for specific details about the program and application process.


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