2021 Pacific Northwest Bay-Watershed Education and Training

The Pacific Northwest Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program is an environmental education program that supports locally relevant, authentic experiential learning in the K-12 environment.

Funded projects provide Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs; defined below)

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for students, related professional development for teachers, and help to support regional education and environmental priorities in the Pacific Northwest.

The primary delivery is through competitive grants.

This year, the Pacific Northwest B-WET Notice of Funding Opportunity is modified to reflect the significant impact COVID-19 has had on the ability of environmental education providers to engage with schools and therefore meaningfully reach students and teachers.

The resulting loss of programs will have lasting repercussions on the targeted audiences of these programs and to the institutions who provide these services.

The NOAA B-WET program recognizes that support is needed to bridge this gap that has been created by the loss of revenue, the cancellation of programs, and the inequities that are being exacerbated by the pandemic.

As a major contributor to environmental education programs, the NOAA B-WET program is committed to responding to the immediate needs of this pandemic and supporting these critical institutions that provide meaningful experiences for youth at all levels.
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Agency: Department of Commerce

Office: Department of Commerce

Estimated Funding: $550,000

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Eligible applicants are: K-12 public and independent schools and school systems; institutions of higher education; community-based and nonprofit organizations; regional, 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 as a project partner with an eligible applicant.

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

Individuals are not eligible to apply.

While applicants do not need to be located in the targeted geographical regions specified in the program objectives, the primary participants of the projects must be located in the geographical regions specified in the program objectives.

For the purposes of this solicitation, the Pacific Northwest region is defined as Oregon and Washington.

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.

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