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$500,000 in NOAA Great Lakes B-WET Grants

Schools, local governments and non-profit and for-profit partners can now apply for NOAA’s Great Lakes B-WET grants to fund watershed education projects.


The The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is seeking proposals under the Great Lakes Bay Watershed Education & Training B-WET Program, a competitive environmental education grants programs.

The program provides Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) for students and related professional development for teachers, while advancing regional Great Lakes education and environmental priorities. Projects may foster the growth of new programs or encourage capacity building and partnership development for environmental education programs throughout the Great Lakes watershed.

MWEEs may be:

  • investigative or project oriented
  • an integral part of an instructional program
  • part of a sustained activity
  • enhanced by NOAA products, services or personnel, where appropriate

NOAA found that B-WET activities increase teachers’ confidence, ability and intention to employ MWEE techniques with their students. Student experiences have been shown to increase interest in improving watersheds, and have the potential to increase academic achievement in science.

Awards range between $25,000 and $75,000.

K-12 public and independent schools and school systems, institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, for profit organizations, state or local government agencies, interstate agencies and Indian tribal governments may apply and there is no matching requirement.

Applications must be received by June 2, 2017.

Learn more on NOAA’s website.

Explore a list of current B-WET projects.

Apply on Grants.gov.

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