2017 NOAA Gulf of Mexico Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Schools, IHEs, and Agencies
for K-12 Environmental Education in the Gulf Coast

GrantWatch ID#: 175645
Agency Type:


National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC)

10/28/16 11:59 PM ET

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Grants starting at $25,000 to USA nonprofits, schools, government agencies, and IHEs for K-12 environmental education in the Gulf Coast areas of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. Programs must involve locally-relevant and hands-on education about environmental stewardship of local watersheds.

The primary delivery of BWET is through competitive funding that promotes Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs). MWEEs are multiā€stage activities that include learning both outdoors and in the classroom, and aim to increase the environmental literacy of all participants. Teachers should support students to investigate topics both locally and globally that are of interest to them, learn they have control over the outcome of environmental issues, identify actions available to address these issues, and understand the value of those actions.

Additionally, Gulf of Mexico B-WET projects support the priority issues of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, a partnership of the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, with the goal of significantly increasing regional collaboration to enhance the ecological and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Alliance has identified the following regionally significant priority issues:
-Coastal Resilience
-Data & Monitoring
-Education & Engagement
-Habitat Resources
-Water Resources
-Wildlife & Fisheries

While organizations may be located anywhere in the US, projects must target teachers and students in at least of the following counties:

-Florida counties: Bay, Calhoun, Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Dixie, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Glades, Gulf, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Hillsborough, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Monroe, Okaloosa, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Wakulla, Walton, and Washington.

-Alabama counties: Baldwin, Clarke, Covington, Escambia, Geneva, Mobile, Monroe, and Washington.

-Mississippi counties: Amite, George, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River, Pike, Stone, Walthall, and Wilkinson.

-Louisiana counties: Acadia, Ascension, Assumption, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Point Coupee, Rapides, Sabine, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany 1 Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Vermilion, Vernon, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana

-Texas counties: Aransas, Austin, Bee, Brazoria, Brooks, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Duval, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Harris, Hidalgo, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Lavaca, Liberty, Live Oak, Matagorda, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Refugio, San Patricio, Starr, Tyler, Victoria, Waller, Washington, Webb, Wharton, and Wilacy.


NOAA anticipates making approximately 4 to 7 new awards.

$25,000 - $100,000

The project start date should not begin before July 1, 2017. The period of awards may be for a maximum period of up to 24 months.

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 in Gulf of Mexico coastal counties, which are listed on page 48-49 of the following document: National Ocean Service, NOAA. 2011. The Gulf of Mexico at a Glance: A Second Glance. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Commerce.

Additionally, priority will be given to applicants who:
-Show prior experience in working in the Gulf of Mexico region;
-Show prior experience with the Gulf of Mexico regional issues; or
-Demonstrate partnerships with local organizations in the Gulf of Mexico region on proposed projects.

The Department of Commerce/NOAA is strongly committed to broadening the participation of historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities, and institutions that work in underserved areas. The NOAA B-WET program encourages proposals involving any of the above institutions as well as other organizations that work with underserved or underrepresented audiences.

Helpful information on applying for a B-WET grant:

Applications must be received by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on October 28, 2016 to be considered for funding. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online through

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When developing your submission timeline, keep in mind that it may take up to two business days to validate or reject the application and that an advance registration process is required that may take a few days or several weeks.

No cost sharing is required under this program; however, NOAA encourages applicants to demonstrate cost sharing, third party in-kind match, and program leveraging to support their projects.

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

Amy Clark, Gulf of Mexico B-WET Program Manager
(228) 688-1520

NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office
1021 Balch Blvd, Suite 1003
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529



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