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

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools, IHEs, and Tribes for
K-12 Environmental Education Programs in Local Watersheds

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

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02/16/21 11:59 PM Eastern Time - Electronic Receipt; postmarked or provided to delivery service by date.


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, K-12 schools, IHEs, and tribes for environmental education programs in designated watersheds in the state of California. Interested applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support outdoor and classroom-based experiential learning programs for K-12 students in the watersheds of San Francisco Bay, Monterey Bay, and Santa Barbara Channel.

The NOAA California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program provides funds to support environment-based education throughout the watersheds of San Francisco Bay, Monterey Bay, and Santa Barbara Channel. The program funds locally relevant, authentic experiential learning for K-12 audiences through Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs). MWEEs involve learning both outdoors and in the classroom as students engage in issue definition, outdoor field experiences, synthesis and conclusions, and action projects. The goal is to increase understanding and stewardship of the ocean, its local watersheds, and special areas like national marine sanctuaries. 

Projects advance the Next Generation Science Standards, the California Environmental Literacy Standards, and the Ocean and Climate Literacy Essential Principles. All projects, regardless of the priority, must incorporate all elements of the MWEE. For further details on MWEE, see

Given the impact of the current pandemic, the CA B-WET funding announcement focuses on the following priority areas: 

  1. Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEE) Implementation in School Districts (professional development for teachers and student experiences), 
  2. Teacher Professional Development for Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs), 
  3. Meaningful Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and
  4. Continuation Projects that Focus on Student MWEEs.

For further details on each of the above priorities, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163631

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

The NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries anticipates that approximately 6-10 grants will be awarded with these funds.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Floor: $30,000

- For Priority 1, applicants may apply for up to $100,000.
- For Priorities 2, 3, or 4, applicants may apply for up to $75,000.

Estimated Total Program Funding (approximately $1,000,000):
- About $425,000 will be made available to the San Francisco Bay area,
- About $350,000 will be made available to the Monterey Bay area, and
- About $225,000 will be made available to the Santa Barbara and Ventura areas.

Term of Contract:

The project start date should not begin before August 1, 2021.

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

For Priority 2, 3, or 4, applicants may apply 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.

*These areas are defined as follows:
a. Monterey Bay watershed: The counties of Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Monterey, San Benito, and San Luis Obispo;
b. San Francisco Bay watershed: The counties of Marin, San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Contra Costa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity, Napa and Santa Rosa;
c. Santa Barbara Channel watershed: The counties of Santa Barbara and Ventura.

Funding may not be used to support endowments; individuals; building campaigns or capital construction; deficit financing; annual giving; or fund-raising.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An applicant orientation will be conducted on February 2, 1:00-2:30 Pacific time. Please register to this orientation by emailing

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be received by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on February 16, 2021 when submitting through

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications electronically. However, if 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 February 16, 2021.

Subject to the availability of funds, review of proposals will occur during the spring 2021.

Funding is expected to be awarded August 1, 2021. Projects should not be expected to begin prior to this date.

Applicants are required to:
- Obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number
- Register with
- Register in

First-time registration with can take up to three weeks or more. It is therefore strongly recommended that this registration process be completed as soon as possible. In addition, when developing your submission timeline, note that validation or rejection of your application by may take up to two (2) business days after submission.

This year applicants may be struggling to deal with uncertainty related to COVID-19 on programming. Applicants should describe how their methods and programming will be adapted to address all MWEE elements, to the degree possible, while being responsive to guidelines and restrictions imposed in response to the pandemic. Proposals may detail a range of approaches to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions and uncertainty impacting schools throughout the watershed. It is understood that adjustments and alternate approaches will likely be different from the traditional MWEE approach of past projects.

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

Applicants should submit the application online through


Applicants may, instead, submit a hard copy application to:

Attn: Seaberry Nachbar
B-WET Coordinator
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Office
99 Pacific Street,
Suite 455A,
Monterey, CA 93940

For more information, contact:
Seaberry Nachbar
(831) 647-4204

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