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Great Lakes Region Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program

Grants and Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits, Schools, IHEs, and
Agencies in Multiple States for Youth Environmental Education Projects

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

08/21/20 11:59 PM ET Receipt or Postmark

Description:

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Grants and cooperative agreements of up to $80,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, K-12 schools and school systems, IHEs, agencies, and tribal governments in multiple states for youth environmental education projects. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. Applicants may be physically located in any U.S. state; however, education projects must target teachers and/or students in the Great Lakes watershed. For the purposes of this solicitation, the Great Lakes region includes counties in the Great Lakes watershed in the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

The NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program offers competitive grants to support existing environmental education programs, foster the growth of new programs, and encourage the development of partnerships among environmental education programs within watershed systems. The criteria for these awards emphasize Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs): sustained, hands-on, environmental activities that are aligned with academic learning standards.

These experiential opportunities are intended to supplement and enrich the traditional formal learning environment, and target both teachers and students in K-12. Rigorous evaluation has shown that B-WET activities increase teachers' confidence, ability, and intention to employ MWEE techniques with their students. Student experiences in turn have been shown to increase intention to take action to improve the watershed, and have the potential to increase academic achievement in science.  Experiential learning techniques, such as those supported by the NOAA B-WET Program, have been shown to increase interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The primary delivery of B-WET is through competitive funding that promotes Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs). MWEEs are multi-stage activities that include learning both outdoors and in the classroom, and aim to increase the environmental literacy of all participants. Teachers should support students to investigate topics both locally and globally that are of interest to them, learn they have control over the outcome of environmental issues, identify actions available to address these issues, and understand the value of those actions. More information about the MWEE can be found here: https://www.noaa.gov/education/explainers/noaa-meaningful-watershed-educationalexperience and on pp.4-9 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

For program priorities, see pp. 9-11 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168071

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$850,000

Number of Grants:

NOAA anticipates making approximately 12 to 17 new awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The total Federal amount that may be requested from NOAA should not exceed $80,000. The minimum Federal amount that should be requested from NOAA is $30,000.

Term of Contract:

The project start date should not begin before March 1, 2021. The period of awards is a maximum period of up to 18 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. 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.

Applicants may be physically located in any U.S. state; however, education projects must target teachers and/or students in the Great Lakes watershed.

The Department of Commerce/ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (DOC/NOAA) is strongly committed to broadening the participation of historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities, and institutions that service underserved areas. The NOAA B-WET program encourages proposals involving any of the above institutions.

Construction is not an allowable activity under this program.

Pre-Application Information:

Online applications must be received by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time on August 21, 2020. Hard copy applications must be postmarked by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 21, 2020.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online through Grants.gov. Validation or rejection of your application by Grants.gov may take up to 2 business days after submission. Because first-time registration with Grants.gov can take up to three weeks or more, it is strongly recommended that this registration process be completed as soon as possible.

Any proposal awarded in response to this announcement will be required to use the System for Award Management (SAM), which may be accessed online at https://www.sam.gov/SAM/. Applicants are also required to use the Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System, which may be accessed at https://go.usa.gov/xX5CU.

If internet access is not available, application packages may be requested from Sarah Waters.

Grant recipients may be asked to attend a two-day Great Lakes Regional B-WET conference to be held in the Great Lakes region (most likely in Michigan) during the award period.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=327611
Applying for a Great Lakes B-WET Grant: https://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/bwet/greatlakes/apply.html

Contact Information:

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

Mail hard copy applications to:
Sarah Waters, Great Lakes B-WET Program Manager
NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
500 W. Fletcher St.
Alpena, MI 49707

For questions regarding the Great Lakes B-WET Program or the application process, contact:
Sarah Waters, Great Lakes B-WET Program Manager
Phone: 989-884-6204
Email: sarah.a.waters@noaa.gov

Ellen Brody, B-WET Program Manager
Phone: 734-741-2270
Email: ellen.brody@noaa.gov

The NOAA contact for indirect or facilities and administrative costs is:
Lamar Revis, Grants Officer
lamar.revis@noaa.gov
NOAA Grants Management Division
1325 East West Highway, 9th Floor
Silver Spring, MD 20910

GRANTS.GOV Applicant Support
1-800-518-4726
support@grants.gov

CFDA Number:

11.429

Funding or Pin Number:

NOAA-NOS-ONMS-2021-2006522

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois;   Indiana;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   New York City;   New York;   Ohio;   Pennsylvania;   Wisconsin

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