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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools, IHEs, and Tribes for
K-12 Environmental Education Programs in Eligible California Counties

NOAA California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce

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02/18/22 11:59 PM Eastern Time - Electronic Receipt; or Postmarked or provided to delivery service by date


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, K-12 schools, IHEs, and tribes for environmental education programs in eligible counties in the state of California. Interested applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support outdoor and classroom-based experiential learning programs for K-12 students in the following counties: Del Norte, Humboldt, Trinity, Mendocino, Lake, Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Solano, San Francisco, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Mateo, Alameda, San Joaquin, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, Monterey, San Benito, Merced, Madera, Fresno, San Luis Obispo, Kern, Kings, Tulare, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.

The NOAA B-WET National Program is an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning in the K-12 environment. 

The primary delivery of B-WET is through competitive funding that promotes Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs). MWEE is a learner-centered framework that focuses on investigations into local environmental issues and leads to informed action. MWEEs are composed of multiple components that include learning both outdoors and in the classroom, and are designed to increase the environmental literacy of all participants by actively engaging students in building knowledge and meaning through hands-on experiences. In these experiences, the core ideas and practices of multiple disciplines are applied to make sense of the relationships between the natural world and society. MWEEs help connect students with their local environment and equip them to make decisions and take actions that contribute to stronger, sustainable, and equitable communities.

The MWEE consists of four essential elements that describe “what students do.” These elements promote a learner-centered framework that emphasizes the role of the student in actively constructing meaning from the learning experiences. The four essential elements are:

  • Issue Definition
  • Outdoor Field Experiences
  • Synthesis and Conclusions
  • Environmental Action Projects

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GrantWatch ID#: 163631

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If you are applying for Priority 1, you may apply up to $100,000 per year.
If you are applying for Priorities 2 or 3, you may apply up to $70,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

The project start date should not begin before August 1, 2022. Applicants applying to any one of the priority areas may apply for multi-year grants.

Applications should cover a project period of between one and three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are K-12 public and independent schools and school systems, institutions of higher education, community-based and nonprofit organizations, state or local government agencies, interstate agencies, and Indian tribal governments.

For profit organizations, foreign organizations, and foreign public entities are not eligible to apply. However, for-profit and foreign organizations and foreign public entities may participate with an eligible applicant as a project partner. Likewise, Federal agencies are not eligible to receive Federal assistance under this announcement, but may be project partners.

Applicants must be located within the U.S. and can be physically located in any state, but must work within the following counties listed below.

New this year, the CA B-WET Program is open to additional California counties. In support of the California Environmental Literacy Initiative and in an effort to work with communities that have been hit the hardest by COVID-19, hammered by school closures, and historically denied the physical and emotional benefits of access to safe outdoor spaces, the CA B-WET Program is expanding its geographic footprint. Funding is now available to the following counties: Del Norte, Humboldt, Trinity, Mendocino, Lake, Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Solano, San Francisco, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Mateo, Alameda, San Joaquin, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, Monterey, San Benito, Merced, Madera, Fresno, San Luis Obispo, Kern, Kings, Tulare, Santa Barbara, Ventura.

Funding may not be used to support endowments; individuals; building campaigns or capital construction; deficit financing; annual giving; or fund-raising.

Pre-proposal Conference:

To learn more about the CA B-WET application process, please join the informational webinar on January 13, 2022 from 2-3:30 pm Pacific.


Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be received by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on February 18, 2022 when submitting through ( Proposals being submitted in hard copy must be postmarked or provided to a delivery service on or before February 18, 2022.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications electronically. However, if use of is impractical for technical or other reasons, paper copy applications will be accepted.

Subject to the availability of funds, review of proposals will occur during the winter of 2022.

Funding is expected to be awarded August 1, 2021. Projects should not be expected to begin prior to this date.

Applicants are required to:
- Obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number
- Register with
- Register in

To use, an applicant must have a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Number 25 System (DUNS) number and be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM),, and periodic renewals are required. Allow a minimum of five (5) days to complete the SAM registration.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applicants should submit the application online through


Applicants may, instead, submit a hard copy application to:

Attn: Seaberry Nachbar
B-WET Coordinator
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Office
99 Pacific Street,
Suite 455A,
Monterey, CA 93940

For more information, contact:
Seaberry Nachbar

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