Gulf of Mexico 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.
Information about previously funded Gulf of Mexico B-WET projects can be found here.
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, which are listed on page 48-49 of the following document titled "The Gulf of Mexico at a Glance: A Second Glance".
How to Apply
In late summer/early fall, the Gulf of Mexico B-WET Program publishes its Federal Funding Opportunity via Grant.gov. The Federal 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 Federal 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 November 2, 2018 to be considered for funding.
Fiscal Year 2019
September 4, 2018: Publication of Federal Funding Opportunity.
November 2, 2018: Closing date for applications.
August 1, 2019: Earliest project start date.