Gulf B-WET projects support the priority issues of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, a partnership of the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, with the goal of significantly increasing regional collaboration to enhance the ecological and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico.
The Gulf B-WET Program is one of seven B-WET regional programs across the country including California, Chesapeake Bay, Gulf of Mexico, Hawai'i, New England, Great Lakes and the Pacific Northwest. These seven programs make up the National NOAA B-WET Program.
In order to be effective, sustainable, and equitable, environmental education must be integrated within organizations that understand and support the needs of their community. The NOAA B-WET program is therefore putting greater emphasis on projects that develop meaningful and mutually‐beneficial partnerships that honor the strengths of community organizations. In successful partnerships, organizations have shared goals and work together to share resources, communicate effectively, collaborate on decision‐making, and competently engage members of diverse cultures and expertise.
NAAEE’s Community Engagement: Guidelines for Excellence is an excellent resource for applicants and grantees working on developing plans for engaging target audiences. NAAEE is offering an informational webinar to review this resource on January 22, 2021. Please see below for details and to register.
Webinar title: Community Engagement: Guidelines for Excellence with NAAEE
Webinar description: The National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education, initiated by NAAEE in 1994, has developed a series of guidelines that set the standards for high-quality environmental education. The guidelines to be highlighted on this webinar focus on community wellness and is designed to help environmental educators create inclusive environments that support effective partnerships and collaborations.
When: Jan 22, 2021, 01:00 PM CST, 02:00 PM EST
Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0lceiuqz4jGNzsqP119ipUi-gsw9BgsEMf
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Who Can Apply?
Eligible applicants are K-12 public and independent schools and school systems, institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, state or local government agencies, interstate agencies, and Indian tribal governments. Federal agencies are not allowed to receive funds under this announcement but may serve as collaborative project partners and may contribute services in kind.
Applicants may be physically located in any U.S. state. However, education projects must target teachers and/or students in Gulf of Mexico coastal counties. These are listed on page 48-49 of The Gulf of Mexico at a Glance: A Second Glance.
How to Apply
In late fall/early winter, the Gulf of Mexico B-WET Program publishes its Notice of Funding Opportunity via Grant.gov. The Notice of Funding Opportunity contains information needed to apply for a Gulf B-WET grant and includes information to assist applicants in aligning their project proposal to current program priorities. Applicants should read and follow the Notice of Funding Opportunity carefully.
To use Grants.gov, applicant must first complete the registration process with Grants.gov. This process can take two, or more, weeks. Detailed information on how to register can be found at the Grants.gov. Note that applicants must also be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM) and must have a DUNS number. Please allow time to complete these registrations prior to the application due date.
When to Apply
Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time on February 26, 2021 to be considered for funding.
Fiscal Year 2021
December 8, 2020: Publication of Notice of Funding Opportunity
February 26, 2021: Closing date for applications
August 1, 2021: Earliest project start date