The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office has announced two funding opportunities to support school district-wide and state-wide environmental literacy efforts. The Notices of Funding Opportunity are through the Chesapeake Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program. A total of roughly $1.35 million, subject to appropriations, may be available to fund between 13 and 20 new projects.
2022 is the 20th anniversary of NOAA’s B-WET program, which started in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Over the years, the program has grown from funding smaller projects in individual schools to supporting systemic programs. They ensure meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs) for all students in a given school district or even state.
We support environmental education because students who learn about their environment will be better equipped to help lead a healthier, more resilient way forward in the future. B-WET-funded programs provide hands-on environmental education about issues affecting the Bay watershed for students through MWEEs. They also support related professional development for educators who serve formal K-12 audiences.
FY22 Funding Opportunities
Help School Districts Deliver MWEEs
Funding will support projects to help school districts deliver MWEEs to students or to increase school districts’ capacity to deliver environmental education. We anticipate up to $900,000 in total funding; this will include roughly 9-14 new projects.
Statewide Environmental Literacy
This funding will support statewide environmental literacy initiatives. It will provide up to $450,000, including roughly four to six new awards.
Applications are due by March 3, 2022. We will hold informational webinars for potential applicants about program priorities and the application process on December 9, 2021, at 1 p.m. EST and December 14, 2021, at 11 a.m.