FY2021-FY2022 NOAA New England Bay Watershed Education and Training (New England B-WET) Program

Funding Opportunity Description:
NOAA’s Bay Watershed Education and Training Program (B-WET) is an environmental education program that promotes place-based, locally relevant, experiential learning for kindergarten through grade 12 students and their classroom teachers and educators.



signature methodology is Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs), which include multi-stage activities, in the classroom and outdoors, to increase environmental literacy of all participants.

This Notice of Funding Opportunity addresses the unique need for innovative strategies to support K-12 outdoor environmental education within the context of a global pandemic and constrained educational resources.

New England B-WET is one of NOAA’s seven (7) regional, outdoor environmental education programs.

It promotes high quality environmental education for all, including underserved populations, fosters innovative programs, and encourages capacity-building and environmental education partnerships within the six New England States:
Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

Successful projects advance ocean, climate, and other environmental literacy goals and incorporate the goals of the NOAA Education Strategic Plan through (1) K-12 student, hands-on environmental education in New England watersheds and (2) teacher/educator professional development and support during student MWEEs.

Each proposal submitted to this competition must address and identify one of the two priorities:
(1) Backyard B-WET in a Pandemic and (2) Second Glance:
Capacity Building for Sustainability.

This Notice of Funding Opportunity includes information on the application process and evaluation criteria for proposals which may request up to $300,000 in total Federal funding for a maximum project period of three (3) years.

Grants resulting from this competition depend on the availability of annual Federal funding, as provided in enacted Appropriation Acts.

Successful applicants are not guaranteed a specific level of funding.

If funds are not available in FY2021, applications submitted in FY2021 may be carried over for consideration in FY2022 should funds become available then and if these applications remain relevant to New England B-WET priorities.
Related Programs

NOAA Mission-Related Education Awards

Department of Commerce

Agency: Department of Commerce

Office: Department of Commerce

Estimated Funding: $300,000

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Additional Information of Eligibility:
Eligible applicants are K-12 public and independent schools and school systems; institutions of higher education; community-based and non-profit organizations; state, county, local, or Indian tribal government agencies; and regional organizations.Priority 2 is available only to previous (prior to FY2017) New England B-WET grantees.

Eligible applicants must be organizations that have received awards or were formally recognized partners (i.e.

identified by either a sub-award or letter of commitment or both) for projects funded under the FY2008-FY2014 Funding Opportunities from this program, listed below:SEC-OED-2008-2001368SEC-OED-2009-2001648NOAA-NMFS-NERO-2010-2001868NOAA-NMFS-NERO-2011-2002569NOAA-NMFS-NERO-2013-2003467NOAA-NMFS-GARFO-2014-2004167Individuals, federal agencies, for-profit organizations, foreign organizations, and foreign public entities are NOT eligible to apply.

Federal employees can serve as uncompensated partners in a project.

If you wish to partner with a NOAA employee, in your application you must provide a written agreement documenting the participation, including details of the NOAA employee’s involvement, signed by their supervisor.

While applicants do not need to be located in New England, the work proposed must occur within this geographical region.The Department of Commerce/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is 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.

New England B-WET encourages applications from, or applications involving, any of the above categories of institutions.

Information on minority-serving institutions and the demographics of K-12 schools can be found at:https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/edlite-minorityinst.html

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