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

Grants to Hawaii Nonprofits, For-Profits, Schools,
IHEs, and Agencies for K-12 Environmental Education

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

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04/23/21 6:59 PM HST Receipt


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Grants to Hawaii K-12 schools, school systems, IHEs, nonprofit and commercial organizations, and government agencies to engage students and teachers in environmental education and stewardship activities. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the deadline. Funding is intended to increase environmental literacy for K-12 students through educational experiences.

The goal of the Hawaii B-WET program is to support K-12 environmental literacy programs that provide students with Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) in Hawaii’s ahupuaa and related professional development for in-service teachers, administrators, or other educators serving K-12 students. Individuals that have been educated about Earth’s processes, community resilience to hazards, and long-term environmental trends can become effective problem solvers, informed future community leaders, and engaged decision-makers charged with managing Hawaii’s limited island resources. Experiential learning techniques, such as those supported by the B-WET program, have been shown to increase interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), thus contributing to NOAA’s obligations under the America COMPETES Act (33 USC 893a).

The Hawaii B-WET program provides a venue for students and teachers to incorporate traditional and modern ahupuaa management practices into meaningful science-based learning experiences. The islands’ ahupuaa provide a genuine, locally relevant opportunity for engaging in MWEEs while advancing student learning skills and problem-solving abilities through the introduction of culturally-based knowledge and practices with the general school curriculum.

All B-WET projects under this funding announcement should support the direct implementation of the MWEE, applying the concept of ahupuaa. All proposals should follow the MWEE guidance and additional required components to be successful. In addition a proposal must address one of the following priorities:

  • Priority 1: Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences for Students
  • Priority 2: Teacher Professional Development for Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences
  • Priority 3: Planning and Support for Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences

For a full discussion of Program Priorities, see page 16 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 163632

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

The anticipated number of awards ranges from five (5) to fifteen (15) and will be adjusted based on available funding.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum federal assistance request is $25,000 and maximum request is $150,000 for the entire proposed project period.

Term of Contract:

The performance period for FY2021 funded projects cannot exceed 24 months. The start date on proposals shall be no earlier than August 1, 2021; or the first day of any month after August 1, 2021, but no later than January 1, 2022.

A recipient of a previous award seeking to continue an existing project beyond the approved award period must submit a new application and compete with other applications.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible funding applicants are K-12 public and independent schools and school systems, institutions of higher education, commercial and nonprofit organizations, state or local government agencies, and Indian tribal governments conducting projects in Hawaii (Islands of Hawaii, Maui, Kahoolawe, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu, Kauai, Niihau, and/or the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands). Individual applicants and federal agencies are not eligible.

Federal agencies and employees are not allowed to receive funds under this announcement but may serve as collaborative project partners and may contribute services in-kind. Federal agencies and employees’ ‘in-kind services’ cannot be considered as part of an applicant’s match on shared costs. If an applicant proposes a federal agency as a collaborator, applicants should provide detail on the expected level of federal engagement in the application. Examples might include, but are not limited to partnership services; serving in a review capacity; or participating in priority task teams, working groups, or leadership teams. NOAA employees are not permitted to assist in the preparation of applications.

Funding may not be used to support endowments, individuals, building campaigns or capital construction, deficit financing, annual giving, or fundraising.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational Webinars:
- February 24, 2021 at 1:30 PM HST
- March 3, 2021 at 2:00 PM HST
- March 11, 2021 at 12:00 PM HST

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications submitted for funding under this competition must be received and validated by on or before 6:59 p.m. Hawaii-Aleutian standard time on April 23, 2021.

Please be advised that potential funding applicants must register with before submitting any application materials. An organization’s one-time registration process may take several weeks to complete so please allow sufficient time to ensure applications are submitted before the closing date.

Applicants should: (1) be registered in the federal SAM before submitting an application; (2) provide a valid DUNS number on an application; and (3) continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active federal award, application, or plan under consideration by a federal awarding agency. Applicants should allow a minimum of seven days to complete the SAM registration, although complete registration for SAM may take several weeks if problems arise. Registration is required only once but must be renewed once a year.

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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.

For administrative and technical questions regarding this announcement, contact:

Mahealani Bambico, Hawaii B-WET Coordinator
Mokupapapa Discovery Center
76 Kamehameha Ave
Hilo, HI 96720
ATTN: Mahealani Bambico

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