Applying for a Grant

The B-WET (Bay Watershed Education and Training) Chesapeake Program publishes its Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) on The FFO contains all the information needed to apply for a B-WET grant and includes information to assist applicants in aligning their project proposal to current program priorities.

Proposals must also support the NOAA Education Strategic Plan, advance ocean or climate literacy principles whenever applicable, and include NOAA products, services, or staff in delivery of programming.

Important Documents:

Priority Areas for FY 2015 

Proposals for FY15 funding must address at least one of several target priorities:

  • Systemic MWEE Implementation: These programs will strive to reach the entire student and teacher population in one or more grades in an entire school system or recognized sub-unit of a school system with meaningful watershed educational experiences—“MWEEs.”
  • MWEE Capacity Building: These projects will build the capacity of agencies and organizations to develop, deliver, and sustain projects that advance the MWEE at the state or regional level.
  • Emerging Projects: In order to cultivate projects and partners not traditionally served by B-WET, NOAA encourages new applicants, or those who have not received B-WET funding in the last five fiscal years (FY10-14), to apply as Emerging Projects.

In addition, projects that support NOAA’s special interests in the region are also encouraged. These special interest areas are:

  • Geographic literacy: These projects will explore fundamental themes of geographic literacy to engage students and teachers about the Chesapeake and their local watershed.
  • NOAA’s Choptank Complex Habitat Focus Area: These projects will address systemic MWEE implementation or MWEE capacity building in NOAA’s recently designated Habitat Focus Area.
  • GLOBE Program: GLOBE highlights inquiry-based investigations involving the collection and/or analysis of data about the environment and the Earth system. These projects would include collaborating with the GLOBE program.

A portion of FY15 funding will also be used to continue support for current multiyear projects.

Eligible Organizations: K-12 public and independent schools and school systems, institutions of higher education, community-based and nonprofit organizations, state or local government agencies, interstate agencies, and Indian tribal governments

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