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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.

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.

Download A Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (.pdf)

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

2016 FUNDING OPPORTUNITY - NOW CLOSED

FY16 B-WET California Federal Funding Opportunity Announcement (.pdf).

Details:
Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. Pacific time on December 16, 2015. Proposals being submitted in hard copy must be postmarked or provided to a delivery service on or before December 16th, 2015, 5 p.m., Pacific Time. Please see funding opportunity announcement for complete details.  

The California B-WET Program is a competitive grant program that supports existing, high quality environmental education programs, fosters the growth of new, innovative programs, and encourages capacity building and partnership development for environmental education programs throughout the entire the San Francisco Bay, Monterey Bay, and Santa Barbara Channel watersheds. Successful projects provide Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) for students and related professional development for teachers.

Website: Click here.

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

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Gulf of Mexico

2016 FUNDING OPPORTUNITY - NOW CLOSED

FY16 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 FY16 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) can be found at Grants.gov under funding opportunity number NOAA-NMFS-SE-2016-2004691.

Applicants should apply through Grants.gov. Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time on December 11, 2015 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

2016 FUNDING OPPORTUNITY - NOW CLOSED

FY16 B-WET Hawai'i Federal Funding Opportunity Announcement (.pdf).

Details: Full proposals must be received must be received by 6:59 pm Hawaii Time on January 19, 2016. 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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Great Lakes

2016 FUNDING OPPORTUNITY - NOW CLOSED

FY16 B-WET Great Lakes Federal Funding Opportunity Announcement (.pdf)

Details: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (Great Lakes Region) is seeking proposals under the Great Lakes B-WET Program.  Successful projects provide Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) for students and related professional development for teachers, while advancing regional Great Lakes education and environmental priorities.  The full FY16 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) can be found at Grants.gov under funding opportunity number NOAA-NOS-ONMS-2016-2004696.

Applicants should apply through Grants.gov. Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time on January 29, 2016 to be considered for funding. Please see the FFO for all application details.

Website: Click Here.

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

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Chesapeake

2016 FUNDING OPPORTUNITY - NOW CLOSED

FY16 B-WET Chesapeake Federal Funding Opportunity Announcement (.pdf)

The deadline for applications is 11:59 PM Eastern Time on February 4, 2016  when submitting through www.grants.gov (Grants.gov). 

Informational webinars about the FY 2016 B-WET Chesapeake funding announcement will be held on December 11, 2015 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time andDecember 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time. To register for these webinars, please visit http://go.usa.gov/cjnAY.

Please see the funding announcement for all application details.

Website: Click here.

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

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Pacific Northwest

2016 FUNDING OPPORTUNITY - NOW CLOSED

FY16 B-WET Pacific Northwest Federal Funding Opportunity Announcement (.pdf)

Details: 
Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. Pacific time on February 11, 2016.
Proposals being submitted in hard copy must be postmarked or provided to a delivery service on or before 5 p.m., Pacific Time.
Please see funding opportunity announcement for complete details.

Website: Click here.

Contact: Jacqueline Laverdure, NOAA Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, 360-457-6622 x 21, Jacqueline.Laverdure@noaa.gov

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New England

2015 FUNDING OPPORTUNITY NOW CLOSED

There will be no FY16 New England B-WET funding opportunity and available funds may be used to fund additional projects from the FY15 competition. If FY 2017 BWET funding is anticipated, NOAA plans to publish a funding opportunity announcement in summer 2016, with applications due in September for funding in FY2017.

Most recent B-WET New England FFO: FY15 B-WET New England Federal Funding Opportunity Announcement (.pdf)

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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B-WET currently serves seven areas of the country: California, Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, New England, and the Pacific Northwest. Since 2002 NOAA has awarded over $69 million to support more than 650 B-WET projects. With FY15 funding B-WET will reach an estimated 66,000 students and 2,000 teachers through competitive funding for 84 new and ongoing projects.

Funding Competition History

2015 B-WET Awards

2014 B-WET Awards

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:

Grantee Resources

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

Progress Reports
Please see the NOAA B-WET Progress Report Guidance (DOC) for a suggested format for project progress reports.

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: Jacqueline Laverdure, NOAA Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, 360-457-6622 x 21, jacqueline.laverdure@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)