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Information about B-WET regional programs and competitions.

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. Please check this page periodically for updates on future opportunities.

Please see below for more information about specific regions and funding opportunities, as well as applicant resources.

For general questions about the B-WET program contact the B-WET National Coordinator: Bronwen Rice, NOAA Office of Education, 202-482-6797; email: bronwen.rice@noaa.gov.

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY for B-WET grantees and partners!

NOAA is excited to be working with the the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (NMSF) to offer a new grant opportunity to bring together two great programs: B-WET and the U.S. Department of Education 21st Century Learning Centers (21st CCLC). Funded projects will provide STEM-focused environmental education programming in an informal setting to 21st CCLC sites in spring and summer 2017. Applications are due 2/11/17. See the NMSF websiteoffsite link for the full Request for Proposals and application form. Please address questions about this offering to: natalie@marinesanctuary.org.

Regional programs and funding opportunities


Students with 7 Tepees prepare for a field investigation.

California

Funding opportunities: The 2017 NOAA California Bay Watershed Education And Training (B-WET) Funding Opportunity is now closed.

The full FY17 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) can be found here, or at Grants.gov under funding opportunity number NOAA-NOS-ONMS-2017-2005059. Visit the California B-WET webpage for more information.

Areas served: Funds are available for eligible applicants throughout the watersheds of Monterey Bay - the counties of San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Monterey, San Benito, and San Luis Obispo; San Francisco Bay - the counties of Marin, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity, and Santa Rosa; Santa Barbara Channel - the counties of Santa Barbara and Ventura.
Contact: Seaberry Nachbar, NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries, 831-647-4201, seaberry.nachbar@noaa.gov
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Maryland Environmental Literacy Partnership summer institute participants in the field.

Chesapeake Bay

Funding opportunity: The 2017 NOAA Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Capacity Building Funding Opportunity is now open! 

The Full FY2017 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) can be found here, or at Grants.gov under federal opportunity number NOAA-NMFS-NCBO-2017-2005170. Please see the FFO for all application details.

The deadline for applications is 11:59 PM Eastern Time on April 6, 2017 when submitting through Grants.gov. 

Informational webinars about the FY2017 Chesapeake B-WET funding announcement will be held on February 17, 2017 at 11:00AM Eastern Time. To register for this webinar, please visit http://go.usa.gov/cjnAY.

The 2017 NOAA Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training MWEE Implementation Funding Opportunity is now closed.

The full FY2017 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) can be found here, or at Grants.gov under funding opportunity number NOAA-NMFS-NCBO-2017-2005142.

Areas served: Chesapeake Bay watershed, including Maryland, the District of Columbia, and parts of Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York.
Contact: Kevin Schabow, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, 410-295-3145, kevin.schabow@noaa.gov
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Exploring Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Great Lakes

Funding opportunities: The 2017 NOAA Great Lakes B-WET competition announcement will be published later in 2017. 

Areas served: States of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin
Contact: Cathy Green, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, 989-766-3458, cathy.green@noaa.gov
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Students taking part in a field experience with the Science and Discovery Center of Northwest Florida.

Gulf of Mexico

Funding opportunities: The 2017 NOAA Gulf of Mexico Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Funding Opportunity is now closed.  

The full FY17 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) can be found here, or at Grants.gov under funding opportunity number NOAA-NMFS-SE-2017-2005000. Visit the Gulf B-WET webpages for more information.

Areas served: Coastal communities of the states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Gulf coast of Florida
Contact: Amy Clark, NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office, 228-688-1520, amy.clark@noaa.gov
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Taro field experience with Pacific American Foundation's NALU Studies project.

Hawaii

Funding opportunities: The 2017 NOAA Hawai'i Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) funding opportunity is now closed. 

The full FY17 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) can be found here or at Grants.gov under funding opportunity number NOAA-NOS-OCM-2017-2004984. Visit the Hawaii B-WET webpage for more information.

Areas served: State of Hawai'i
Contact: Stephanie Bennett, Pacific Services Center, 808-725-5254, stephanie.bennett@noaa.gov; or Jim Foley, 808-725-5284, jim.foley@noaa.gov.
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Students with Education Connection's Project Periphyton explore their local watershed.

New England

Funding opportunities: The 2017-2018 NOAA New England Bay Watershed Education And Training (B-WET) Funding Opportunity is now closed.

The full FY17 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) can be found here or at Grants.gov under Opportunity Number NOAA-NMFS-GARFO-2016 -2005001. Visit the New England B-WET webpage for more information about this competition and additional resources for applicants.

Areas served: States of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island
Contact: Colleen Coogan, NOAA Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, 978-281-9181, colleen.coogan@noaa.gov; or Deirdre Kimball, 978-281-9290, deirdre.kimball@noaa.gov
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Students formulating their hypothesis during a stream exploration field trip with Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association's Students for Salmon project.

Pacific Northwest

Funding opportunities: The 2017 NOAA Pacific Northwest Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Funding Opportunity is now closed.

The full FY2017 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) can be found here, or at Grants.gov under funding opportunity number NOAA-NOS-ONMS-2017-2005088. Visit the Pacific Northwest B-WET webpage for more information.

Areas served: States of Oregon and Washington
Contact: Jacqueline Laverdure, NOAA Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, 360-457-6622 ext. 21, jacqueline.laverdure@noaa.gov
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Applicant resources

The resources below may help you prepare to submit an application for B-WET grant funding. Some regions offer grant writing workshops for prospective applicants or provide templates and example proposals. See the regional website or contact the regional program manager for more information.

B-WET applicants are encouraged to partner with local NOAA entities. The following resources may help you locate potential NOAA partners in your area: