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

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Schools, IHEs, and Agencies
for K-12 Environmental Education in the Gulf Coast

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U.S. Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)

Deadline Date:

11/29/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants starting at $25,000 to USA nonprofits, schools, government agencies, and IHEs for K-12 environmental education in the Gulf Coast areas of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. Funding is intended to significantly increase regional collaboration to enhance the ecological and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico.

The five U.S. Gulf States have identified six priorities that are regionally significant and can be effectively addressed through increased collaboration at local, state, and federal levels:

  • Water quality for healthy beaches and shellfish beds
  • Wetland and coastal conservation and restoration
  • Environmental education
  • Identification and characterization of Gulf habitats
  • Reducing nutrient inputs to coastal ecosystems
  • Coastal community resiliency

The goal of the grant is to support K-12 education programs that provide students with Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) related to the Gulf of Mexico and/or related MWEE professional development for in-service teachers,
administrators, or other educators serving K-12 students. MWEEs for students should be learner centered and focused on questions, problems, and issues to be investigated through collecting, analyzing and sharing data; learning protocols; exploring models; and examining natural phenomena. 

For additional information about MWEEs, see:

Proposals must address one of the following B-WET priority areas: (1) Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences for Students; (2) Professional Development for Teachers related to Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences; (3) Exemplary Programs combining Teacher Professional Development with long-term classroom-integrated Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences for their students; or (4) Systematic Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences Implementation. 

For additional information about B-WET priority areas, see:

NOAA also has an additional Special Interest Area that applicants may wish to address if they choose, which is: Gulf of Mexico Fisheries. For additional information, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175645

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Number of Grants:

NOAA anticipates making approximately three to seven new awards, subject to the availability of appropriations.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual awards may range from $25,000 to $150,000.

Term of Contract:

Earliest project start date is August 1, 2020. The award period is 24 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

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 in Gulf of Mexico coastal counties, which are listed on page 48-49 of the "The Gulf of Mexico at a Glance: a Second Glance":

Additionally, priority will be given to applicants who:
-Show prior experience in working in the Gulf of Mexico region;
-Show prior experience with the Gulf of Mexico regional issues; or
-Demonstrate partnerships with local organizations in the Gulf of Mexico region on proposed projects.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on November 29, 2019, through

To use, applicant must first complete the registration process with This process can take two, or more, weeks. Detailed information on how to register can be found at the Note that applicants must also be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM) and must have a DUNS number. Please allow time to complete these registrations prior to the application due date.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Amy Clark, Gulf of Mexico B-WET Education Coordinator
(228) 688-1520

NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office
1021 Balch Blvd, Suite 1003
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529

Grant Coverage Areas:

Gulf Coast Region

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Florida;   Louisiana;   Mississippi;   Texas