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NOAA California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program

Grants to California Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools, IHEs, and Tribes
in Eligible Areas for K-12 Educational Programs in Local Watersheds

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

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12/11/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants starting at $30,000 to California K-12 community-based nonprofit organizations, schools and school systems, IHEs, agencies, and tribes for meaningful environmental education programs in the Monterey Bay, San Francisco Bay, and Santa Barbara Channel watersheds. Eligible programs will provide relevant, authentic learning experiences to K-12 students both outdoors and in the classroom.

Eligible areas are defined as follows: 

a. Monterey Bay watershed—the Counties of San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Monterey, San Benito, and San Luis Obispo; 

b. San Francisco Bay watershed—the Counties of Marin, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity, Napa, and Santa Rosa; 

c. Santa Barbara Channel watershed—the Counties of Santa Barbara and Ventura.

MWEEs should be learner-centered and focused on questions, problems, and issues to be investigated through collecting, analyzing and sharing data; learning protocols; exploring models; and examining natural phenomena. These activities, grounded in best practices and the context of the local community and culture, help increase student interest, motivation, and attitudes toward learning, and achieve environmental stewardship. 

As a result of the MWEE activities students should have an understanding of basic watershed concepts, as well as the interaction between natural systems (e.g. wildlife, plants, and the water cycle) and social systems (e.g. communities, transportation systems, and schools), highlighting the connection between human activity and environmental conditions. . For the full program description, see ;

MWEEs consist of multiple components. For the full details, see ;

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GrantWatch ID#: 163631

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Number of Grants:

The NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries anticipates that approximately 8-10 grants will be awarded with these funds.

Estimated Size of Grant:

For Priority 1, applicants may request a minimum of $30,000 and up to a maximum of $100,000.

For Priorities 2 or 3, applicants may request a minimum of $30,000 and up to a maximum of $60,000.

In prior years, the amount of funding per award, on average, was $100,000 for Priority 1 and $60,000 for Priorities 2 and 3.

Term of Contract:

The project start date should not begin before August 1, 2020.

For Priority 1, applicants may request up to three (3) years of funding. These are called multi-year grants. Applications should cover a project period of between one and three years.

For Priority 2 or 3, applicants may request for funding in 12-month increments for a maximum of three consecutive years. Each funding request should not exceed more than 12 months and a new competitive application must be submitted each year in response to the program’s annual funding announcement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are K-12 public and independent schools and school systems, institutions of higher education, community-based and 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 eligible to receive Federal assistance under this announcement, but may be project partners.

Applicants must be located within the U.S. and can be physically located in any state, but must work within the geographic boundaries of the Monterey Bay, San Francisco Bay or Santa Barbara Channel watersheds. Projects whose sole audience is outside the watersheds outlined above are not eligible.

- Applications under this program are not subject to Executive Order 12372, Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.
- The CA B-WET Program should not be considered a long-term source of funds.
- Funding may not be used to support endowments; individuals; building campaigns or capital construction; deficit financing; annual giving; or fund-raising.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications is 11:59 PM Eastern Time on December 11, 2019 when submitting through ( For applicants that submit through, it may take up to two business days to validate or reject the application.

If the use of is impractical for technical or other reasons, paper copy applications will be accepted. Proposals being submitted in hard copy must be postmarked or provided to a delivery service on or before December 11, 2019. No email and/or facsimile applications will be accepted.

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

Seaberry Nachbar, CA B-WET Program Manager

NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries
99 Pacific Street,
Suite 455A,
Monterey, CA 93940

(831) 647-4204

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USA: California: 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, Trin

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