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 Hawaii, New England 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 is 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 is October 24, 2014.
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 Hawaii Program will make between five and 15 awards with a total of $1,000,000 available funds. The maximum award amount is $100,000. The New England program will make between three to six awards with a total of $200,000 for this specific region. The Gulf of Mexico program will make four to seven awards with a total of $700,000 for this region.
How to apply: All programs require that applications be submitted through Grants.gov. 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 Grants.gov and begin registering well in advance of the deadline.
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