Information about B-WET regional programs and competitions.

B-WET regional funding opportunities are offered through local NOAA host offices and generally published in late summer or fall each year. Funded projects provide Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences for students and related professional development for teachers. MWEEs support regional education and environmental priorities.

[UPDATE] We anticipate additional FY21 B-WET regional funding opportunities in late fall/early winter in California, Chesapeake Bay, Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, New England, and Pacific Northwest. See below for updates. See below for more information about each regional funding opportunity and 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,

Regional programs and funding opportunities

Students with 7 Tepees prepare for a field investigation.


Funding opportunities: The 2020 NOAA California Bay Watershed Education And Training Funding Opportunity is closed.

The full FY 2020 funding opportunity can be found at under funding opportunity number NOAA-NOS-ONMS-2020-2006237. Visit the California B-WET webpage for more information.

Areas served: Monterey Bay watershed — the counties of San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Monterey, San Benito, and San Luis Obispo; San Francisco Bay watershed — the counties of Marin, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity, and Santa Rosa; and Santa Barbara Channel watershed — the counties of Santa Barbara and Ventura.
Contact: Seaberry Nachbar, NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries, 831-647-4201,
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Maryland Environmental Literacy Partnership summer institute participants in the field.

Chesapeake Bay

Funding opportunity: The 2020 NOAA Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Funding Opportunity is closed. 

The full FY 2020 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) can be found at under federal opportunity number NOAA-NMFS-HCPO-2020-2006338. Please see the FFO for all application details.

Areas served: Chesapeake Bay watershed, including Maryland, the District of Columbia, and parts of Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York.
Contact: Elise Trelegan, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, 410-226-1015,
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Exploring Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Great Lakes

Funding opportunities: The 2021 NOAA Great Lakes Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Funding Opportunity is closed.

The full FY 2021 funding opportunity can be found at under federal opportunity number NOAA-NOS-ONMS-2021-2006522. Please see the funding opportunity for all application details.

Areas served: New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin
Contact: Sarah Waters, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, 989-884-6204,
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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 2020 NOAA Gulf of Mexico Bay Watershed Education and Training Funding Opportunity is closed.  

The full FY 2020 funding opportunity can be found at under funding opportunity number NOAA-NMFS-SE-2020-2006202. Visit the Gulf B-WET webpage for more information.

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


Funding opportunities: The 2020 NOAA Hawaii Bay Watershed Education and Training funding opportunity is closed. 

The full FY 2020 funding opportunity can be found at under funding opportunity number NOAA-NOS-OCM-2020-2006197. Please see the funding opportunity for all application details.

Areas served: Hawaii
Contact: Stephanie Bennett, National Ocean Service, 808-725-5254,
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Students with Education Connection's Project Periphyton explore their local watershed.

New England

Funding opportunities: The 2019-2020 NOAA New England Bay Watershed Education And Training (B-WET) Funding Opportunity is closed.

The full FY 2019 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) can be found at under Opportunity Number NOAA-NMFS-GARFO-2019-2005875. Visit the New England B-WET webpage for more information about this competition and additional resources for applicants.

Areas served: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island
Contact: Deirdre Kimball, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, 978-281-9290,
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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 2020 NOAA Pacific Northwest Bay Watershed Education and Training Funding Opportunity is closed.

The full FY 2020 funding opportunity can be found at under funding opportunity number NOAA-NOS-ONMS-2020-2006254. Visit the Pacific Northwest B-WET webpage for more information.

Areas served: Oregon and Washington
Contact: Jacqueline Laverdure, NOAA Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, 360-406-2084,
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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 offices and programs. These resources may help you locate potential NOAA partners in your area: