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Pacific Northwest Bay-Watershed Education and Training (PNW B-WET) Program

Grants to Oregon and Washington Nonprofits, Schools,
Agencies, and IHEs for K-12 Environmental Education

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National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce

Deadline Date:

12/13/19 8:59 PM Pacific Time electronic receipt; or 5:00 PM PT postmarked.


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Grants ranging from $30,000 to $60,000 to Oregon and Washington schools, school districts, IHEs, nonprofits, community-based organizations, and government agencies for K-12 environmental education programs. Funding is intended for programs that engage students with meaningful watershed learning experiences, provide related professional development for teachers, and help to support regional education and environmental priorities in the Pacific Northwest.

The primary delivery of B-WET is through competitive funding that promotes Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs). Proposals must address the following priorities: Long-term classroom-integrated MWEEs for Students combined with Teacher Professional Development for MWEEs that demonstrate a connection to the ocean environment through the watershed system. The idea is that students understand how their actions can affect the coastal/ocean environment through the watershed system. Projects should incorporate science and stewardship activities focused on at least one of the following issues of climate science as it relates to the watershed and MWEEs: Ocean Acidification and Ecosystem Resiliency.

In addition, projects should integrate the following key messages: Changes in climate will impact national marine sanctuaries and the overall health of the ocean that is vital to our quality of life, and ultimately, our survival; and one or more of the following key messages:

  1.  Human activities are impacting the climate system
  2.  The choices and actions you make today do make a difference.
  3.  Collectively we need to adapt our carbon footprint and lower our carbon emissions.
  4.  Collective actions are needed to preserve as much biodiversity on the planet as possible. 

Additionally, priority will be given to applicants who 1) serve underserved or underrepresented audiences, 2) show prior experience in working in the Pacific Northwest region, 3) demonstrate partnerships with local organizations in the Pacific Northwest region on proposed projects, and or 4) have not been funded through PNW B-WET for five or more consecutive years.

 B-WET funded student projects should aim to include more than 4 hours of student activity time spent outdoors. In many cases, tidal and non-tidal waters and the landscape around them can provide "hands-on" laboratories where students can see, touch, and learn about the environment. In other cases, the environment can be virtually brought to life in the classroom through a strong complement of outdoor and classroom experiences. The ocean and watershed environment can provide genuine, locally relevant sources of knowledge that can be used to help advance student learning skills across the entire school curriculum. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 177166

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Number of Grants:

NOAA anticipates making approximately 8 to 9 awards in FY 2020.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The total Federal amount that may be requested from NOAA should not exceed $60,000. The minimum Federal amount to request from NOAA is $30,000. NOAA does not expect to consider applications requesting Federal support from NOAA for more than $60,000 or less than $30,000.

Term of Contract:

The project start date should not begin before August 1, 2020. The period of awards may be for a maximum period of up to 12 months. Applications must include a project description and a budget for the entire award period. Applicants selected to receive funding may be asked to modify the project start date. It is recommended to include the flexibility of the requested start date in your project description.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are K-12 public and independent schools and 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 as a project partner with an eligible applicant.

Federal agencies are not allowed to receive funds under this announcement but may serve as collaborative project partners and may contribute services in kind. Individuals are not eligible to apply.

While applicants do not need to be located in the targeted geographical regions specified in the program objectives, the primary participants of the projects must be located in the geographical regions specified in the program objectives.

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.

Construction is not an allowable activity under this program. Therefore, applications will not be accepted for construction projects.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants should apply through Applications must be received by 8:59 p.m. Pacific Time on December 13, 2019 to be considered for funding.

Use of requires an advance registration process that may take a few days or several weeks. In addition, when developing your submission timeline, keep in mind that it may take up to two business days to validate or reject a submitted application.

If has technical issues that prohibit submission or is otherwise impractical, hard copy applications will be accepted. Hard copies may be submitted by postal mail, commercial delivery
service, or hand-delivery, but must be postmarked by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on December 13th, 2019. If submitting a hard copy application, notify Kevin Grant that you are submitting a
hard copy application. For hand-delivery, contact Kevin Grant at least one full business day in advance to make arrangements for your application to be received.

No cost sharing is required under this program. Applicants may demonstrate cost sharing (including third party in-kind match) and program leveraging to support their projects, but this is not included in the eligibility or evaluation criteria.

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

Kevin Grant
NOAA Pacific Northwest B-WET Grants Manager

Jacqueline Laverdure
NOAA Pacific Northwest B-WET Program Coordinator

Submit hardcopy applications to:
Kevin Grant
NOAA Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
115 East Railroad Avenue, Suite #301
Port Angeles, WA 98362

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