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B-WET in the Great Lakes Region

Grants to Schools, Universities and Others for
Environmental Programs in Great Lakes States

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National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce

Deadline Date:

11/02/12 5:00 PM ET


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Grants are available to K-12 public and private schools, universities, non-profit organizations, and government agencies in the Great Lakes states for programs that provide students with watershed education and for teacher training programs in the area of environmental education.

Eligible entities in the Great Lakes areas can receive funding to support existing programs, foster the growth of new programs, and encourage the development of partnerships among environmental education programs throughout the area.

Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences are: place-based, investigative or project-oriented, an integral part of the instructional program, part of a sustained activity, considers the watershed as a system, and enhanced by NOAA products, services, or personnel, where appropriate.

Four different opportunities will be funded as follows:

1. Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences for Students: Projects that provide opportunities for students to participate in a meaningful watershed educational experience. The Great Lakes environment and the surrounding watershed provide an excellent opportunity for environmental education. In many cases, the Lakes, their coastlines, and the landscape around them can provide "hands-on" laboratories where students can see, touch, and learn about the environment. In other cases, the environment can be brought alive to the classroom through a strong complement of outdoor and classroom experiences. The environment can provide a genuine, locally relevant source of knowledge that can be used to help advance student learning skills and problem-solving abilities across the entire school curriculum.

2. Professional Development in the Area of Environmental Education for Teachers: Projects that provide teachers (in-service or pre-service) opportunities for professional development in the area of environmental education related to the Great Lakes watershed. As the purveyors of education, teachers can ultimately make meaningful environmental education experiences for students by weaving together classroom and field activities within the context of their curriculum and of current critical issues that impact the watershed. Systematic, long-term professional development opportunities will reinforce a teacher's ability to teach, inspire, and lead young people toward thoughtful stewardship of our natural resources.

3. Exemplary Projects: Exemplary projects that combine Teacher Professional Development with long-term K-12 classroom-integrated Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences for their students. Long-term professional development for teachers coupled with multiple meaningful watershed experiences for students that are fully supported in the classroom by their teachers will ensure that the concepts of watershed education are reinforced throughout the school year.

4. The NOAA B-WET Program has existing grants that were identified by applicants as potential continuation projects (up to 3 years). Renewal grants will be awarded to continue these projects under this announcement pending successful review of a new proposal, and adequate progress reports and/or site visits.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 130532

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Estimated Size of Grant:

$25,000 - $75,000

Term of Contract:

For projects beginning July 1, 2013, for a duration of one year.


  • Hispanic-serving Institutions
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities; HBCU
  • Institutions of Higher Education; IHE(s)
  • LEAs (Local Educational Agencies)
  • Local Governments
  • Parochial Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Public Schools
  • School Districts
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • State governments
  • Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Non-profit organizations
Indian tribal governments
Institutions that service undeserved areas

Pre-Application Information:

Potential applicants are invited to contact the Great Lakes B-WET Program Manager before submitting an application to discuss the applicability of partnership ideas to B-WET goals and objectives.

Contact Information:

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

Cathy Green
B-WET Great Lakes Program Manager
500 W. Fletcher St., Alpena, MI 49707
989-356-8805 ext.10 Customer Support:

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USA: Illinois;   Indiana;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   New York;   Ohio;   Pennsylvania;   Wisconsin