National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce
03/01/21 11:59 PM Eastern Time - Electronic receipt
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, agencies, tribal governments, IHEs, and K-12 schools in multiple states for environmental education programs. First-time applicants are advised that required registrations may take at least three weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support current high-quality programs, advance the development of new, innovative programs, and foster capacity building and partnership development for programming throughout the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed. Eligible states include Maryland, Washington, DC, and parts of Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York.
NOAA's Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training grant program—known as Chesapeake B-WET - supports school district programs that provide hands-on outdoor watershed education for students, as well as related professional development for in-service teachers, administrators, or other educators serving K-12 students.
Chesapeake B-WET emphasizes the development of programs that reach all students in a given grade level across an entire school district to create systemic change in school districts. Successful projects advance the environmental literacy goal of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement (http://www.chesapeakebay.net/what/goals/environmental_literacy) and goals of the NOAA Education Strategic Plan (see Supporting Documents below).
Grants funds locally relevant, authentic experiential learning for K-12 audiences through Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. (See http://baybackpack.com/mwee/what-is-a-mwee.) MWEEs are learner-centered experiences that focus on investigations into local environmental issues that lead to informed action and civic engagement. MWEEs involve learning both outdoors and in the classroom as students engage in issue definition, outdoor field experiences, synthesis and conclusions, and stewardship and civic action. (For further details on each of these areas, see pp. 5-7 of the NOFO listed in Attached Files below.)
This year's funding announcement is focused on Systemic MWEE Implementation and School District Capacity Building.
The goal of the program is to increase understanding and stewardship of the Chesapeake Bay and its local watersheds, including the rivers, upland streams, and natural habitats found throughout the region.
GrantWatch ID#: 166107
NOAA anticipates making 10-15 new awards.
Typical awards range from $50,000 to $150,000 annually.
Performance periods may be up to three years, but funding beyond the first increment, usually one year, is subject to the incremental funding policy described in the NOFO.
When a multi-year project is awarded, the scope of work and budget for all years is approved at the time of the award, but funding is usually provided only for the first year of the project with the remainder of the award subject to incremental funding, usually annually. NOAA anticipates continuing these multi-year awards for the entirety of their project periods; however, the agency has no obligation to provide any additional funding in connection with the award beyond the initial funding increment. Continuation of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance beyond the initial funding increment is at the sole discretion of NOAA.
No date prior to July 1, 2021 should be used as the proposed start date on proposals.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
For assistance, contact:
Education Specialist (Contractor)
NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
(410) 226-1015 or 410-267-5660
For technical support, contact:
Grants.gov Contact Center
Areas served include Chesapeake Bay watershed, including Maryland, the District of Columbia, and parts of Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York.
11.457 -- Chesapeake Bay Studies
USA: Delaware; Maryland; New York; Pennsylvania; Virginia; Washington, DC; West Virginia
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