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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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12/12/19 6:59 PM HST Receipt


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Grants starting at $25,000 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. Funding is intended to increase environmental literacy for K-12 students through educational experiences.

The purpose of the program is to support communities by developing a well-informed citizenry involved in decision-making that positively impacts coastal, marine, and watershed ecosystems in the State of Hawaii. This is a competitive opportunity for grants to assist in the development of new programs, encourage innovative partnerships among environmental education programs, and support geographically targeted programs to advance environmental education efforts that complement national and state school requirements. 

The Hawaii B-WET program plays a foundational role as an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning in the K-12 environment on priority topics such as understanding ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences, community resilience to hazards, and place-based environmental management. Funded projects provide meaningful watershed educational experiences for students, professional development for teachers, service-learning opportunities for students, and support regional education and environmental priorities. 

The Hawaiian Islands are an excellent resource for environmental education and provide a multitude of "hands-on" laboratories where students can see, touch, and learn about the Earth processes and the dynamic interactions of different ecosystems within an ahupuaa, as well as potential hazards that may impact a community. The islands' complex, diverse, and unique ecosystems can be brought to life in the classroom through Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs). All projects, regardless of the priority, must incorporate the MWEE in order to be successful. For information about MWEE components, see page 4 of the RFP in Attached Files, below.

Priorities (see page 13 of RFP):

  • MWEEs for students
  • Teacher-professional development for MWEEs
  • MWEEs that support the integration of nature, culture, and science
  • New Applicants

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GrantWatch ID#: 163632

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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:

Historically, the average award amount has been approximately $120,000. 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 FY 2020 funded projects cannot exceed 24 months. The start date on proposals shall be no earlier than August 1, 2020, or the first day of any proceeding month after August 1, 2020, but no later than January 1, 2021.

A recipient of a previous award seeking to continue an existing project beyond the approved award period of up to 24 months must submit a new application and compete with other applications.

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, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu, Kauai, Kahoolawe, Niihau, and/or the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands). Individual applicants and Federal agencies are not eligible.

Existing recipients selected during the FY 2018 (NOAA-NOS-OCM-2018-2005344) and FY 2019 (NOAA-NOS-OCM-2019-2005858) Hawaii B-WET competitions are eligible to apply as competitive renewal projects and are required to re-apply to receive consideration for further funding.

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 federal agencies are collaborators, applicants must 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.

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

Pre-proposal Conference:

Two informational webinars with the program officer will occur on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm and Tuesday, November 05, 2019 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm HST.

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due through by December 12, 2019, 6:59 PM Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST).

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 or an application or plan under consideration by a federal awarding agency.
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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Jim Foley, Office of Coastal Management/ Pacific Islands

NOS/NOAA Office for Coastal Management - Pacific Islands
1845 Wasp Blvd., Bldg. 176
Honolulu, Hawaii 96818

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