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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 currently serves seven areas of the country: California, Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, Hawai'i, New England, and the Pacific Northwest.

A Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (.pdf) is one that:

  • 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

The B-WET program aims to promote environmental literacy in society, supporting individuals to understand, protect and restore watersheds and related ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems. NOAA recognizes that knowledge and commitment built from firsthand experience, especially in the context of one's community and culture, is essential for achieving environmental stewardship. Carefully selected experiences driven by rigorous academic learning standards, engendering discovery and wonder, and nurturing a sense of community will further connect students with their watershed, help reinforce an ethic of responsible citizenship, and promote academic achievement. B-WET maintains relevance by responding to regional education and environmental priorities through local implementation. Please refer to the regional funding opportunity announcements for specific priorities.

 

B-WET regional funding opportunities are generally published in late summer or fall each year. Funded projects provide meaningful watershed educational experiences for students and related professional development for teachers in support of regional education and environmental priorities in seven areas of the United States: California, Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, the Gulf of Mexico, Hawai'i, New England, and the Pacific Northwest. Please check this page periodically for updates on future opportunities.

For general questions about the B-WET program contact the B-WET National Coordinator: Bronwen Rice, NOAA Office of Education, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Room 6863, Washington, D.C. 20230; 202-482-6797; E-mail: Bronwen Rice.

 

California

2014 FUNDING OPPORTUNITY NOW CLOSED!

FY14 B-WET California Federal Funding Opportunity Announcement (.pdf).

Details: NEW APPLICANTS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. Applicants may request up to $60,000 for programs that support CA B-WET priorities. Proposal deadline is January 16, 2014 Please see funding opportunity announcement for complete details. For more information and to access the Full Funding Opportunity (FFO), please visit: http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/news/bwet/welcome.html OR www.GRANTS.GOV

New applicants are encouraged to participate in a training webinar focused on how to apply and to answer your questions - There are two dates to choose from:

  • DECEMBER 5- 3:00 PST
  • DECEMBER 11- 10:00 PST

Please RSVP - Seaberry.Nachbar@noaa.gov

The NOAA California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program provides funds to support environment-based education throughout the watersheds of San Francisco Bay, Monterey Bay, and Santa Barbara Channel.

Website: Click here.

Contact: Seaberry Nachbar, NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries, (831)647-4201, seaberry.nachbar@noaa.gov

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Chesapeake

2014 FUNDING OPPORTUNITY NOW CLOSED!

FY14 B-WET Chesapeake Federal Funding Opportunity Announcement (.pdf)

The deadline for applications is 5:00 PM Eastern Time on January 29, 2014. Please see the FFO for all application details.

The goal of this funding opportunity is to support K-12 environmental education programs that provide students with meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs) related to the Chesapeake Bay and related professional development for in-service teachers, administrators, or other educators serving K-12 students. The Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries are an excellent resource for environmental education. Its tidal and non-tidal waters and the surrounding landscape provide hands-on, place-based laboratories where students can see, touch, and learn about the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the greater environment.

Website: Click here.

Contact: Kevin Schabow, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, (410)295-3145, kevin.schabow@noaa.gov

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Great Lakes

2013 Funding Opportunity Now Closed!

FY13 B-WET Great Lakes Federal Funding Opportunity Announcement (.pdf).

The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries would like to announce the FY13 Great Lakes B-WET Competition. Notice of this Federal Funding Opportunity was published September, 17, 2012. Please apply via Grants.gov for funding opportunity NOAA-NOS-NMS-2013-2003449. Applications are due via Grants.gov Friday, November 2, 2012 for projects beginning July 1, 2013 for a duration of one year. Please see funding opportunity announcement for complete details.

Website: Click Here.

Contact: Cathy Green, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, (989)356-8805 x10, cathy.green@noaa.gov

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Gulf of Mexico

2015 FUNDING OPPORTUNITY NOW OPEN!

FY15 B-WET Gulf of Mexico Federal Funding Opportunity Announcement (.pdf).

Details: NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Region is now seeking proposals under the Gulf of Mexico Bay-Watershed Education and Training (Gulf B-WET) Program. The full FY15 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) can be found at Grants.gov under funding opportunity number NOAA-NMFS-SE-2015-2004209. 

Applicants should apply through Grants.gov. Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time on October 24, 2014 to be considered for funding. Please see the FFO for all application details.

Website: Click here.

Contact:
Amy Clark, NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office, (228)688-1520amy.clark@noaa.gov or
Jeff Brown, NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office, (727) 551-5732Jeff.Brown@noaa.gov

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Hawai'i

2015 FUNDING OPPORTUNITY NOW OPEN!

FY15 B-WET Hawai'i Federal Funding Opportunity Announcement (.pdf).

Details: Full proposals must be received must be received by 5:59 pm Hawaii Time on September 30, 2014. Please see funding opportunity announcement for complete details. Please see http://www.grants.gov or http://www.csc.noaa.gov/psc for more information.

Website: Click here.

Contact: Stephanie Bennett, Pacific Services Center, (808) 725-5254, stephanie.bennett@noaa.gov

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New England

2015 FUNDING OPPORTUNITY NOW OPEN!

FY15 B-WET New England Federal Funding Opportunity Announcement (.pdf)

Details: This opportunity will be open until October 31, 2014. Please see funding opportunity announcement for complete details.

NOAA's New England B-WET grant program supports environmental education through locally relevant experiential learning in the K-12 environment. B-WET funds projects that support students and educators in the best-practices that we describe as "meaningful watershed educational experiences" (MWEEs). Funded projects provide MWEES for students and related professional development for teachers. We hope to have up to $200,000 for new awards in FY2015. If that funding is available, we anticipate making approximately three to six new awards during FY 2015.

Please see http://www.grants.gov or program website for more information.

Website: Click here.

Contact: Colleen Coogan, NOAA Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, (978) 281-9181, Colleen.Coogan@noaa.gov or (978) 281-9290, Deirdre.Kimball@noaa.gov.

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Pacific Northwest

B-WET Pacific Northwest will not issue a competition for fiscal year 2014. NOAA will be using this interim year to review the accomplishments of B-WET in this region and assess future opportunities and program implementation. Information about future funding opportunities will be posted here, and at the regional program website when it is available.

Website: Click here.

Contact: Robert Steelquist, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, (360)457-6622, robert.steelquist@noaa.gov

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B-WET currently serves seven areas of the country: California, Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, Hawai'i, New England, and the Pacific Northwest. Since 2002 NOAA has awarded over $50 million to support more than 500 projects. With FY13 funding B-WET will reach an estimated 76,000 students and 1,900 teachers through competitive funding for 81 new and ongoing projects.

Funding Competition History

2013 B-WET Awards

2012 B-WET Awards

Previously Funded Projects

Interested in learning about past B-WET projects? Please see the regional pages below or contact your regional program manager:

Evaluation Resources

Please visit the NOAA B-WET Evaluation page for resources related to program evaluation.

Preparing a Grant Application

The resources below will help you prepare to submit an application for B-WET grant funding. Please note that some regions offer grantwriting workshops for prospective applicants. Please see regional websites or contact the Program Manager for your region for more information.

B-WET Budget Template (153KB excel)

B-WET applicants are encouraged to partner with local NOAA entities. To locate potential NOAA partners in your area, visit NOAA in your State or the NOAA Assets page.

 

California

Areas Served: Funds are available for eligible applicants throughout the watersheds of a. Monterey Bay (counties of San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Monterey, San Benito, and San Luis Obispo); b. San Francisco Bay (counties of Marin, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity, Santa Rosa, and Sonoma), and c. Santa Barbara (counties of Santa Barbara and Ventura).

Website
Contact: Seaberry Nachbar, NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries,
831-647-4201, seaberry.nachbar@noaa.gov
California One-Pager (pdf)

Great Lakes

Areas Served: States of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

Website
Contact: Cathy Green, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary,
989-356-8805 x 10, cathy.green@noaa.gov
Great Lakes One-Pager (pdf)

Hawai'i

Areas Served: State of Hawai'i

Website
Contact: Stephanie Bennett, Pacific Services Center,
(808) 725-5254, stephanie.bennett@noaa.gov
Hawai'i One-Pager (pdf)

Pacific Northwest

Areas Served: States of Oregon and Washington

Website
Contact: Seaberry Nachbar, NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries, 831-647-4201, seaberry.nachbar@noaa.gov
Pacific Northwest One-Pager (pdf)

Chesapeake

Areas Served: Chesapeake Bay watershed, including Maryland, the District of Columbia, and parts of Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York

Website
Contact: Kevin Schabow, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office,
410-295-3145, kevin.schabow@noaa.gov
Chesapeake One-Pager (pdf)

Gulf of Mexico

Areas Served: States of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Gulf coast of Florida

Website
Contact: Amy Clark, NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office,
228-688-1520, amy.clark@noaa.gov
Gulf of Mexico One-Pager (pdf)

New England

Areas Served: States of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island

Website
Contact: Colleen Coogan, NOAA Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office,
978-281-9181, colleen.coogan@noaa.gov
New England One-Pager (pdf)