The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office is announcing the availability of approximately $1.35 million in funding for new NOAA Chesapeake Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) grants through two funding opportunities. Projects supported by these funding opportunities will support school districts efforts to deliver Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) to students, help school districts increase their capacity to facilitate environmental education, and advance statewide environmental literacy initiatives. NOAA supports environmental education because students who take part in inquiry-based, hands-on learning about their environment are better equipped to care for our ecosystem now and in the future.
FY22 Funding Opportunities:
- School District MWEE Programming
Funding will support projects to help school districts deliver MWEEs to students or to increase school districts’ capacity to deliver environmental education. We anticipate at least $900,000 in total funding to support 9-14 new projects. Chesapeake B-WET was created to serve audiences within the boundaries of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, therefore, NOAA intends to provide $900,000 to school districts with more than 25% of their land mass falling in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. If additional funding is available, NOAA will consider applications serving school districts outside the watershed boundary but within the states of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia and the District of Columbia.
- Statewide Capacity Building
Funding will support statewide or multi-state environmental literacy capacity building initiatives. We anticipate $450,000 to support 4-6 new awards.
Applications are due March 3, 2022. More information about the NOAA B-WET program and previous awards can be found at: