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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.

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 Open! 

NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is now seeking proposals under the California Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program. The full FY17 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) can be found here, or at Grants.gov under funding opportunity number NOAA-NOS-ONMS-2017-2005059. 

The deadline for applications is 5:00 PM Eastern Time on November 18, 2016 when submitting through www.grants.gov (Grants.gov). Please see the FFO for all application details.

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 opportunities: No open funding opportunities.
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: No open funding opportunities.
Areas served: States of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin
Contact: Cathy Green, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, 989-356-8805 x10, 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 Open! 

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 FY17 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) can be found here, or at Grants.gov under funding opportunity number NOAA-NMFS-SE-2017-2005000. 

Applicants should apply through Grants.gov. Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time on October 28, 2016 to be considered for funding. Please see the FFO for all application details.

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 open! 

NOAA is now seeking proposals under the Hawaii Bay-Watershed Education and Training Program. The full FY17 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) can be found here or at Grants.gov under funding opportunity number NOAA-NOS-OCM-2017-2004984. 

Applicants should apply through Grants.gov. Full proposals must be received by 5:59 pm Hawaii Time on November 4, 2016. Please see the FFO for all application details.

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 Open!

Competition for 2017 funding is now open in New England. We hope to have $210,000 available for three to five new FY2017 New England B-WET awards under this funding opportunity. If there are no funds available or if funding for new projects is very limited in FY2017, we may carry proposals recommended for funding forward until FY 2018. This opportunity will be open until October 28, 2016.  For complete information, please see the funding opportunity here or at Grants.gov under Opportunity Number NOAA-NMFS-GARFO-2016 -2005001.

Webinar for New England B-WET 2017-2018 Applicants:
We will provide an overview of this funding opportunity and application process during a webinar on Friday, August 26. We strongly recommend that you thoroughly review the funding opportunity prior to the webinar. The webinar will be taped and posted on our webpage for those that cannot listen in live. 

Event address for New England B-WET 2017-2018 Webinar for Applicants:   https://noaaevents.webex.com/noaaevents/onstage/g.php?MTID=e962e7db231f3f204d31bb808039b88e6
Date and Time:   Friday, August 26, 2016 1:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Event number: 669 246 302
Event password: Meeting123
Conference Line:  877.810.1022
Participant Code:   256713

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: No open funding opportunities. 
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: