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Grants and Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools, IHEs, and Tribes in Multiple States for Environmental Education Programs

IMPORTANT DATES:

Conference Date

12/01/22

Application Deadline

01/27/23 11:59 PM ET Receipt

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CFDA or PIN Number:

CFDA Number:

11.008

Funding or PIN Number:

NOAA-NMFS-SE-2023-2007673

ELIGIBILITY:

Geographic Focus

USA: AlabamaFloridaLouisianaMississippiTexas

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NOAA Gulf of Mexico Bay Watershed Education and Training (Gulf B-WET) Program

U.S. Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)


Agency: Federal

GrantWatch ID #175645

Grant Description

Grants and cooperative agreements to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, K-12 schools and school systems, IHEs, and tribal governments for environmental education programs benefiting students and teachers in eligible locations in the Gulf of Mexico states. Required registrations may take over one month to complete. Funding is intended to support place-based experiential learning for K–12 students and related professional development for teachers. Applicants may be physically located in any U.S. state; however, education projects must target teachers and/or students located in any part of the five Gulf of Mexico states which are Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and/or Florida.

The Gulf B-WET program is an environmental education program that promotes place-based experiential learning for K–12 students and related professional development for teachers in the five Gulf states. Projects supported by this funding opportunity will develop and promote Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs). The MWEE is a learner-centered framework that focuses on investigations into local environmental issues, leads to informed action, and increases environmental literacy. MWEEs are composed of multiple components that include learning both outdoors and in the classroom, and are designed to increase the environmental literacy of all participants by actively engaging students in building knowledge and meaning through hands-on experiences.

In FY23, Gulf B-WET funding will support student investigation of environmental topics and issues, both locally and globally, that are of interest to them. Students identify actions to address these issues and understand the value of those actions, enabling them to help to protect and restore watersheds and related ocean and coastal ecosystems. Gulf B-WET funding also supports, high quality professional development for teachers allowing them to gain confidence in the value of MWEEs and strategies for conducting MWEEs with students. Gulf B-WET also supports implementation of systemic MWEEs which reach the entire student population in one or more grades within a school district. Again this year, Gulf B-WET will support capacity building for expanded statewide K-12 environmental literacy initiatives. Such project will advance environmental literacy strategies and lay the foundation for sustainable and equitable environmental literacy, including MWEEs, at the state or multi-state level.

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Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have 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
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are K-12 public and independent schools and school systems, institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, state or local government agencies, interstate agencies, and Indian tribal governments.

Federal agencies are not allowed to receive funds under this announcement but may serve as collaborative project partners and may contribute services in kind.

Applicants may be physically located in any U.S. state; however, education projects must target teachers and/or students located in any part of the five Gulf of Mexico states which are Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and/or Florida.

Consideration will be given to applicants who show prior experience in working in the five Gulf of Mexico states or who show prior experience with the environmental issues of those states.

New for FY23: In an effort to support diverse or new projects, up to 60% of Gulf of Mexico B-WET funding will be set aside for new applicants. Therefore, the total funding amount for applicants that have successfully received direct BWET funding in the past will be limited to approximately 40%.

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.

Additional Geographic Information:

Gulf Coast Region

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational webinars - Learn about the FY23 Gulf B-WET funding announcement via the following Google Meet webinars:
- Tuesday, November 8 from 10-11 am CT / 11 am – 12 pm ET.
Join here: https://meet.google.com/yct-uwys-pjd
- Thursday, December 1 from 2-3 pm CT / 3-4 pm ET.
Join here: https://meet.google.com/jrt-jwfj-njn

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time on January 27, 2023 to be considered for funding.

Fiscal Year 2023 Schedule:
- November 3, 2022: Publication of Notice of Funding Opportunity
- January 27, 2023: Closing date for applications
- August 1, 2023: Earliest possible project start date

To use Grants.gov, applicant must first complete the registration process with Grants.gov. This process can take two, or more, weeks. Detailed information on how to register can be found at the Grants.gov. Note that applicants must also be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM). Applicants should allow a minimum of thirty days to complete SAM registration.

In late fall/early winter, the Gulf of Mexico B-WET Program publishes its Notice of Funding Opportunity via Grant.gov. The Notice of Funding Opportunity contains information needed to apply for a Gulf B-WET grant and includes information to assist applicants in aligning their project proposal to current program priorities. Applicants should read and follow the Notice of Funding Opportunity carefully.

Education and Evaluation Resources: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/southeast/funding-and-financial-services/education-and-evaluation-resources-applicants

View this Opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=344376
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Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$600,000

Number of Grants:

4

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual awards may range from $25,000 to $150,000.

Term of Contract:

August 1, 2023: Earliest possible project start date

Award Period: 24 months

Contact Information:

For assistance, please contact:
Amy Clark, Gulf of Mexico B-WET Program Coordinator and Southeast Education/Outreach Coordinator
Email: amy.clark@noaa.gov
Cell: (727) 466-8586

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