Chesapeake B-WET is a competitive grant program that supports existing, high-quality environmental education programs, fosters the growth of new, innovative programs, and encourages capacity building and partnership development for environmental education programs throughout the entire Chesapeake Bay
Successful projects advance the environmental literacy goal of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement and goals of the NOAA Education Strategic Plan by providing hands-on environmental education about issues affecting the watershed for students and related professional development for teachers, administrators, and other educators who serve formal K-12 audiences.
These Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) integrate hands-on field experiences with classroom instruction in NOAA-related science content.
Chesapeake B-WET has traditionally issued one funding opportunity annually.
In FY 2017, NOAA is issuing two separate funding opportunities under the Chesapeake B-WET program due to differences in the types of B-WET Program Priorities covered under each announcement.
While the MWEE is central to each funding announcement, the nature of projects and how they are evaluated vary enough to warrant two separate funding opportunities.