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 and the Environmental Literacy Goals and Outcomes of the Chesapeake Bay Program.

Important Documents

Priority Areas for FY 2017

Proposals for FY17 funding must address at least one of several target priorities:


  • Systemic MWEE Implementation: Projects submitted under this priority 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.”
  • Emerging Projects: This priority targets organizations that are taking the first steps toward MWEE implementation in underserved areas; it recognizes that some organizations have greater challenges due to lack of local resources or partners, policies of schools divisions, or limited internal capacity.
  • Capacity Building for MWEEs: These projects can take two forms, (1) state or multistate K-12 environmental literacy initiatives, which advance MWEE Implementation, and (2) MWEE mini-grant program administration, which supports elements of MWEE implementation at the school level. NOAA believes supporting both types of capacity building projects is essential to greater implementation and long-term sustainability of MWEEs.


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

Grant Process at the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office

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