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NOAA Gulf of Mexico Bay Watershed Education and Training (Gulf B-WET) Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Schools and School Systems, IHEs, and
Agencies for Environmental Education Programs in Multiple States

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U.S. Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)

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02/26/21 11:59 PM ET Receipt


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Grants and cooperative agreements to USA nonprofit organizations, agencies, schools and school systems, IHEs, and tribal governments for environmental education for students in eligible areas of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. Required registrations may take over one month to complete. Education projects must target teachers and/or students in Gulf of Mexico coastal counties.

NOAA's B-WET program funds locally relevant, authentic experiential learning for K-12 audiences through Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs). MWEEs are multi‐stage activities that include learning both outdoors and in the classroom and aim to increase understanding and stewardship of watersheds and related ocean, coastal, riverine, estuarine, and Great Lakes ecosystems. The goal of Gulf of Mexico B-WET is to increase understanding and stewardship of the Gulf of Mexico watershed and its local population, geography, culture, and natural, financial, and human resources.

Gulf B-WET funding is provided to support student investigation of environmental topics and issues, both locally and globally, that are of interest to them. Students identify actions to address these issues and understand the value of those actions, enabling them to help to protect and restore watersheds and related ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems. Gulf B-WET funding also supports, high-quality professional development for teachers allowing them to gain confidence in the value of MWEEs and strategies for conducting MWEEs with students. Gulf B-WET also supports implementation of systemic MWEEs which reach the entire student population in one or more grades within a school district. In addition, and new for FY21, Gulf B-WET will support meaningful responses to the COVID-19 pandemic including creative and alternative approaches to watershed education, especially in marginalized groups, particularly students of color and students from low-income families, that are more likely to lose environmental education within their local school districts.

For FY21 priority areas, see and

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GrantWatch ID#: 175645

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Number of Grants:

NOAA anticipates making approximately three to seven new awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual awards may range from $25,000 to $150,000.

- For applications to B-WET priority areas 1, 2, and 4 the total Federal amount that may be requested from NOAA should not exceed $100,000 per award.
- For applications to B-WET priority area 3, the total Federal amount that may be requested from NOAA should not exceed $150,000 per award

Term of Contract:

It is recommended that the period of award performance be 24 months. The project start date should not begin before August 1, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are K-12 public and independent schools and school systems, institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, state or local government agencies, interstate agencies, and Indian tribal governments.

For-profit organizations, foreign organizations, and foreign public entities are not eligible to apply; however, for-profit and foreign organizations and foreign public entities may participate with an eligible applicant as a project partner. Likewise, Federal agencies are not allowed to receive funds under this announcement but may serve as collaborative project partners and may contribute services in kind.

Applicants may be physically located in any U.S. state. However, education projects must target teachers and/or students in Gulf of Mexico coastal counties.

Consideration will be given to applicants who show prior experience in working in the Gulf of Mexico region or who show prior experience with Gulf of Mexico regional issues.

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Pre-proposal Conference:

Please join one of the following informational webinars which will be offered to review B-WET, the new funding opportunity, and its priority areas.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 12:30 pm CT/1:30 ET

Monday, January 11, 2021 at 11 am CT/12 pm ET

If you can not join, please find the slides and comments to be shared on this webinar in Supporting Documents below.

See the URL for Full Text for more information.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time on February 26, 2021 to be considered for funding.

Applicants should apply online through To use, applicant must first complete the registration process with Note that applicants must also be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM) and must have a DUNS number. Applicants should allow a minimum of thirty days to receive a DUNS number and to be registered in SAM. Applicants are strongly encouraged not to wait until the application deadline date to begin the application process through

If it is not feasible to apply online through, application packages may be requested from Amy Clark.

Potential applicants may contact the Gulf of Mexico B-WET Program Manager before submitting an application to discuss B-WET goals and objectives as well as the elements of the Meaningful Watershed Education Experience (MWEE).

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Agency Contact:
Amy Clark, Gulf of Mexico B-WET Education Coordinator
Phone: (228) 688-1520
Fax: (228) 688-3142

NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office
1021 Balch Blvd, Suite 1003
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529

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Gulf Coast Region

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USA: Alabama;   Florida;   Louisiana;   Mississippi;   Texas

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