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Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Schools, IHEs, and Agencies
in Multiple States for Environmental Education

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National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce

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03/06/20 11:59 PM ET


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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

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GrantWatch ID#: 166107

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Award Ceiling: $200,000
Award Floor: $50,000

Term of Contract:

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.


  • Agency of the county or other local government
  • City or township governments
  • Community-based Organizations; CBO(s)
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Institutions of Higher Education; IHE(s)
  • Local Governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
  • Parochial Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Public Schools
  • School Districts
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are K-through-12 public and independent school systems, institutions of higher education, community-based and nonprofit organizations, state or local government agencies, interstate agencies, and Indian tribal governments.

For profit organizations, foreign organizations, and foreign public entities are not eligible to apply; however, for-profit and foreign organizations and foreign public entities may participate with an eligible applicant as a project partner. Likewise, Federal agencies are not eligible to receive Federal assistance under this announcement, but may be project partners.

Projects whose sole audience is outside the Chesapeake watershed are not eligible.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational webinars about the FY 2020 Chesapeake B-WET funding announcement will be held on January 14, 2020, at 2:00 PM Eastern Time and January 31, 2020, at 11:00 AM.

To register for these webinars, please visit:

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications is 11:59 PM Eastern Time on March 6, 2020, when submitting through

If the applicant has difficulty accessing or downloading the required forms from the NOAA website, they should contact Elise Trelegan at the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office by phone or email (see details in Contact Information, below).

For applicants that submit through, it may take up to two business days to validate or reject the application. Please keep this in mind in developing your submission timeline.

Applicants must have a valid DUNS number and be registered with and prior to applying.

Projects that request multi-year funding must include in their submission a full description of the activities and estimated budget by line item.

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Elise Trelegan, Education Specialist (ERT)

Andrew Larkin
1305 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Chesapeake Bay Office
200 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Suite 460
Annapolis, MD 21401
Ph: 410-267-5660
Fax: 410-267-5666

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USA: Delaware;   Maryland;   New York;   Pennsylvania;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   West Virginia

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