Fiscal Year 2023 NOAA Gulf of Mexico Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program

The National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Regional Office (Southeast Regional Office) is seeking proposals under the Gulf of Mexico Bay Watershed Education and Training (Gulf of Mexico B-WET) Program:


B-WET program is an environmental education program that promotes place-based experiential learning for K–12 students and related professional development for teachers.

B-WET fosters the growth of new, innovative programs and encourages capacity-building and environmental education partnerships.The primary delivery of B-WET is through competitive grants that promote Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs).

The MWEE is a learner-centered framework that focuses on investigations into local environmental issues and leads to informed action.MWEEs are composed of multiple components that include learning both outdoors and in the classroom, and are designed to increase the environmental literacy by actively engaging students in building knowledge and meaning through hands-on experiences.

In these experiences, the core ideas of multiple disciplines are applied to make sense of the relationships between the natural world and society.

MWEEs help connect students with their local environment and equip them to make decisions and take actions that contribute to stronger, sustainable, and equitable communities.The FY22 Gulf of Mexico B-WET funding announcement focuses on the following priority areas:
1) Professional Development for Teachers related to Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences, 2) Exemplary Programs combining Teacher Professional Development with Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences for their students, 3) Systemic Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience Implementation, and 4) Capacity Building for Expanded Statewide K-12 Environmental Literacy Initiatives.Again this year, the Gulf of Mexico B-WET funding announcement emphasizes our strong commitment to expanding the participation of marginalized communities in watershed education and is interested in projects that partner specifically with organizations and institutions that serve marginalized groups, particularly minority communities.

It continues to recognize the significant impact COVID-19 has had on the ability of environmental education providers to engage with schools and is committed to responding to the immediate needs of this pandemic and supporting critical institutions that provide meaningful experiences for youth at all levels.

And, it suggests that the MWEE framework can contribute to one of the most pressing economic, social and environmental issues of today - climate change - by directly fostering climate knowledge and competencies to contribute to climate solutions.
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Department of Commerce

Agency: Department of Commerce

Office: Department of Commerce

Estimated Funding: $600,000

Who's Eligible

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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.

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 guidance on sub-recipient partners can be found at

Likewise, 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 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.

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