FY17 B-WET FFOs Announced

The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office has released details of two Federal Funding Opportunities as part of the Bay-Watershed Education and Training program. A total of roughly $1,000,000 subject to appropriations, may be available for new projects to be implemented by schools, school systems, higher education institutions, community-based and nonprofit organizations, state or local government agencies, interstate agencies, and Indian tribal governments seeking to support education of the next generation of Chesapeake Bay stewards.

The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office has released details on requirements and the process for applying for FY17 Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) grants to support systemic and emerging MWEE projects; applications are due by February 16, 2017. The full Federal Funding Opportunity is now available; it includes comprehensive information about eligibility and the application process.

A second FFO is for grant that support capacity building; applications for this opportunity are due by April 6. The full Federal Funding Opportunity is now available. 

B-WET supports programs that provide hands-on environmental education about issues affecting the Chesapeake Bay watershed for students and related professional development for educators who serve formal K-12 audiences.

Proposals for FY17 funding must address at least one of NOAA's priority areas:

  • 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 or (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 sustainability of MWEEs.

An informational webinar (online registration now available) regarding the capacity-building opportunity will be held on Friday, February 17, at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Online registration is available.

Information on the B-WET Chesapeake program, including examples of education partnerships that have been funded to date, is available. Contact B-WET Chesapeake Program Manager Kevin Schabow with any questions.