2019 Federal Funding Opportunity for NOAA’s New England Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Grants

January 28, 2019

B-WET is an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning for K-12 school students. B-WET administers a competitive funding process that promotes Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs).

The NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region has released details of the FY19 New England Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program funding opportunity. A total of roughly $250,000, subject to appropriations, may be available to fund three to five projects.

Applications are due by February 19, 2019. The full Federal Funding Opportunity is now available; it includes comprehensive information about eligibility and the application process. Information on the application process can also be found on grants.gov and our funding opportunities page

B-WET is an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning for K-12 school students. B-WET administers a competitive funding process that promotes Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs). MWEEs are multi-stage activities within formal K-12 programs that include learning both outdoors and in the classroom. Funded projects provide MWEEs for students and related professional development for teachers.

New England B-WET focuses on the priorities and challenges facing New England watersheds by helping students and teachers apply scientific methods and tools to understand and appreciate their local watershed system. B-WET encourages students to become more interested in science, technology, engineering, and math. By focusing on watersheds where they live and by participating in personally relevant stewardship projects, students and teachers can become knowledgeable stewards of their local environment.

Proposals submitted to this competition must address and identify one of the two priorities: (1) Backyard B-WET: Investigation of Stewardship and Habitat Restoration on School Grounds, and (2) Grass Roots: Community Resilience in Changing Times.

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To raise awareness and promote activities of a key diadromous species, a global and NOAA-Fisheries-supported initiative has designated 2019 as the International Year of the Salmon. Diadromous fish are those that spend part of their life in freshwater and part in salt water. The Atlantic salmon distinct population segment in the Gulf of Maine is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.  We encourage applicants to consider projects under either priority 1 or priority 2 that also connect to the International Year of the Salmon. Such applications may include, but are not limited to, proposals that explore a community’s historical and contemporary connection to Atlantic salmon and/or other diadromous species (e.g., shad, river herring, American eel), promote student and/or community awareness about Atlantic salmon and/or other diadromous fish conservation issues such as fish passage or river health, connect students to their local rivers and watersheds, and provide examples of what humans can do to ensure the health of these important ecosystems.

Information on the B-WET New England program, including examples of education partnerships that have been funded to date, is available. Contact Deirdre Kimball at 978-281-9290 or Deirdre.Kimball@noaa.gov  with questions.

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on January 29, 2019