National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce
03/06/20 11:59 PM ET
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, agencies, tribal governments, IHEs, and K-12 schools in multiple states for environmental education programs. Eligible states include Maryland, Washington, D.C., and parts of Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York. Funding is intended to support existing, high-quality environmental education programs, foster the growth of new, innovative programs, and encourage capacity building and partnership development for environmental education programs throughout the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Successful projects advance the environmental literacy goal of the Chesapeake Bay Agreement and goals of the NOAA Education Strategic Plan by building capacity to support hands-on environmental education about issues affecting the Chesapeake Bay watershed for students and related professional development for teachers, administrators, and other educators who serve formal K-12 audiences. These Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) involve learning both outdoors and in the classroom as students engage in issue definition, outdoor field experiences, synthesis and conclusions, and stewardship and civic action.
NOAA is soliciting proposals that support two Priority Areas under the theme of Capacity Building for MWEEs: (1) Statewide K-12 Environmental Literacy Initiatives, which advance state efforts toward systemic MWEE implementation at the school district level, and, (2) Regional MWEE Network Building Initiative, which supports the development of systemic MWEEs in school districts and the networking of these school districts, their partners, and the larger environmental education community.
For additional information about MWEE implementation and teacher professional development, see Pages 7 - 10 in the NOFO in Attached Files, below.
For information about Program Priorities, see Pages 10 - 12 in the NOFO in Attached Files, below
GrantWatch ID#: 166107
Award Ceiling: $200,000
Award Floor: $50,000
The project start date should not be before July 1, 2020. Applications should cover a project period between one and three year.
When an application for a multi-year award is approved, funding will usually be provided only for the first year of the project, and the award will be subject to incremental funding, usually annually. Once an incremental or multi-year project is awarded, the multi-year scope of work and budget is approved but funding beyond an initial increment is not provided. Future funding is anticipated to maintain such awards for project periods of up to three years; however, NOAA has no obligation to provide any additional funding in connection with that award beyond the initial funding increment awarded. Continuation of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the sole discretion of NOAA and will be contingent upon satisfactory performance, continued relevance to the NOAA mission and priorities, and the availability of funds.
Single-year requests or awards in which an applicant proposed a multi-year project but NOAA limited the period of performance to a shorter time period will be required to recompete for further funding in subsequent years. Any renewal of the project will depend on the submission of a new proposal subject to review, adequate progress on previous award(s), and the available funding.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Elise Trelegan, Education Specialist (ERT)
1305 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Chesapeake Bay Office
200 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Suite 460
Annapolis, MD 21401
USA: Delaware; Maryland; New York; Pennsylvania; Virginia; Washington, DC; West Virginia
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