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Grant Opportunities for School Districts, Regional Environmental Education Efforts in Chesapeake Bay Watershed

November 02, 2022

Up to $700,000 for new projects to be awarded in Fiscal Year 2023.

Two students wearing gloves lean over a desk, where they are counting and recording information about baby oysters. Hampton City Schools (Virginia) students track information about oysters they are growing in a project supported by Chesapeake B-WET.

This year, the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office is offering two funding opportunities to support school district-wide and regional environmental literacy efforts. A total of up to $700,000, subject to appropriations, may be available to fund between five and seven new projects.

Students who learn about their environment are better prepared to help lead a healthier, more resilient way forward in the future. That’s why we support environmental education efforts that include meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs).

The Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training program—Chesapeake B-WET—funds projects that provide hands-on environmental education about issues affecting the Bay watershed for students through MWEEs. They also support professional development for K-12 educators. Funded projects ensure MWEEs are available to all students in a given school district or even state.

Funding Opportunities

Growing School District Capacity

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 $450,000 in total funding for four to six new projects.

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Supporting Regional Capacity Building

This funding will support an initiative to build regional capacity to deliver environmental education. It will provide up to $250,000 for one project.

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Application Information

Applications are due by February 10, 2023. Join us for informational webinars for potential applicants about program priorities and the application process on November 21, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. EST and November 30, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. EST.

Last updated by NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office on November 03, 2022