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New Funding Opportunities to Support K-12 Environmental Literacy, State-Wide Environmental Education Capacity

November 07, 2023

Chesapeake B-WET to award up to $1.4 million for new projects in fiscal year 2024.

Four young students kneel by a storm drain. They are working on painting the drain with information about the Chesapeake Bay. Hambright Elementary students paint a storm drain as part of their MWEE environmental action project. Photo: Elizabeth Fulton.

People who are environmentally literate can be effective workers and problem solvers as well as thoughtful community leaders and participants. The Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training program helps students in the Chesapeake Bay watershed become environmentally literate.

NOAA Fisheries has announced two funding opportunities that will support outstanding projects through Chesapeake B-WET this year. These projects provide hands-on environmental education about issues affecting the Bay watershed through meaningful watershed educational experiences for all students in a given school district or even state. These experiences also support professional development for K-12 educators. In addition, NOAA Fisheries also aims to support state-wide efforts.

FY24 Funding Opportunities

Funding K-12 Environmental Literacy Programs

Funding will support projects to help school districts deliver meaningful watershed educational experiences to students and/or to provide professional development to teachers and educators. Applicants may address a special interest area: climate change. We anticipate up to $900,000 in total funding; this will support roughly nine to 14 new projects.

Supporting State-wide Capacity Building

This funding will support state-wide efforts to build capacity to deliver environmental education. It will provide up to $500,000 for four to six projects.

Application Information

Applications are due by February 16, 2024. Join us for informational webinars for potential applicants about program priorities and the application process on December 12, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. and December 18, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Last updated by NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office on November 07, 2023