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IHEs, and Tribes in Multiple States for Environmental Education Programs

NOAA Gulf of Mexico Bay Watershed Education and Training (Gulf B-WET) Program

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U.S. Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)

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02/18/22 11:59 PM ET Receipt


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Grants and cooperative agreements to USA nonprofit organizations, agencies, schools and school systems, IHEs, and tribal governments for environmental education for students in eligible areas of the Gulf of Mexico states. Required registrations may take over one month to complete. Applicants may be physically located in any U.S. state; however, education projects must target teachers and/or students located in any part of the five Gulf of Mexico states which are Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and/or Florida.

The Gulf B-WET program is an environmental education program that promotes place-based experiential learning for K–12 students and related professional development for teachers in the five Gulf states. Projects supported by this funding opportunity will develop and promote Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs). The MWEE is a learner-centered framework that focuses on investigations into local environmental issues, leads to informed action, and increases environmental literacy. MWEEs are composed of multiple components that include learning both outdoors and in the classroom, and are designed to increase the environmental literacy of all participants by actively engaging students in building knowledge and meaning through hands-on experiences.

In FY22, Gulf B-WET funding will support student investigation of environmental topics and issues, both locally and globally, that are of interest to them. Students identify actions to address these issues and understand the value of those actions, enabling them to help to protect and restore watersheds and related ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems. Gulf B-WET funding also supports, high quality professional development for teachers allowing them to gain confidence in the value of MWEEs and strategies for conducting MWEEs with students. Gulf B-WET also supports implementation of systemic MWEEs which reach the entire student population in one or more grades within a school district. In addition, and new for FY22, Gulf B-WET will support capacity building for expanded statewide K-12 environmental literacy initiatives. Such project will advance environmental literacy strategies and lay the foundation for sustainable and equitable environmental literacy, including MWEEs, at the state or multi-state level.

Consideration will be given to applicants who show prior experience in working in the Gulf of Mexico region or who show prior experience with Gulf of Mexico regional issues.

Program Priorites can be found on page 13 of the NOFO. See Attached Files, below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175645

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

NOAA anticipates making approximately three to seven new awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

In all cases, the minimum Federal amount to request from NOAA is $25,000.

- For applications to B-WET priority areas 1 and 2, the total Federal amount that may be requested from NOAA should not exceed $100,000.
- For applications to B-WET priority areas 3 and 4, the total Federal amount that may be requested from NOAA should not exceed $150,000 per award.

Term of Contract:

August 1, 2022: Earliest project start date


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

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

For funding restrictions, see page 32 of the NOFO in Attached Files, below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational webinars about the FY22 Gulf B-WET funding announcement will be held via Google Meet on:
- December 16, 2021 at 12:30 pm CT/1:30 ET. Join here:
- January 12, 2022 at 11 am CT/12 pm ET. Join here:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time on February 18, 2022 to be considered for funding.

Applicants are also required to use the Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System ( and will be subject to reporting requirements, as identified in OMB guidance published at 2 CFR Part 25 (, and 2 CFR Part 170 ( A recipient's DUNS number must correspond with the recipient's information in

Each applicant (unless the applicant is an individual or Federal awarding agency that is excepted from those requirements under 2 CFR §25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the federal awarding agency under 2 CFR §25.110(d)) is required to: (i) Be registered in SAM before submitting its application; (ii) provide a valid unique entity identifier in its application; and (iii) continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a federal awarding agency. A federal awarding agency may not make a federal award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable unique entity identifier and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time the federal awarding agency is ready to make a federal award, the federal awarding agency may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a federal award and use that determination as a basis for making a federal award to another applicant.

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Contact Information:

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

Agency Contact:
Amy Clark, Gulf of Mexico B-WET Education Coordinator

Southeast Regional Office
263 13th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL, 33701
Phone: (727) 824-5301

Grant Coverage Areas:

Gulf Coast Region

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Florida;   Louisiana;   Mississippi;   Texas

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