Fiscal Year 2017 Chesapeake Bay-Watershed Education and Training Program

Funding Agency:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 Chesapeake B-WET is a competitive grant program that supports existing, high-quality environmental education programs, fosters the growth of new, innovative programs, and encourages capacity building and partnership development for environmental education programs throughout the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed. Successful projects advance the environmental literacy goal of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement and goals of the NOAA Education Strategic Plan by providing hands-on environmental education about issues affecting the watershed for students and related professional development for teachers, administrators, and other educators who serve formal K-12 audiences. These Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) integrate hands-on field experiences with classroom instruction in NOAA-related science content. 

Chesapeake B-WET has traditionally issued one funding opportunity annually. In FY 2017, NOAA is issuing two separate funding opportunities under the Chesapeake B-WET program due to differences in the types of B-WET Program Priorities covered under each announcement. While the MWEE is central to each funding announcement, the nature of projects and how they are evaluated vary enough to warrant two separate funding opportunities. 

Deadline: Feb. 16, 2017

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

 Proposals to this announcement must address one of the following two priorities areas: (1) Systemic MWEE Implementation or (2) Emerging MWEE Projects.(Note: NOAA will also be issuing a separate Chesapeake B-WET funding opportunity in FY17 for MWEE Capacity Building.) 

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants are K-through-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. 



Amount Description

Under this announcement, NOAA anticipates that approximately $1 million may be available in FY 2017 to fund new applications, subject to the availability of appropriations. NOAA anticipates making 10-12 new awards. Systemic MWEE projects should not exceed $150,000 annually in Federal funds, and Emerging MWEE should not exceed $75,000 annually in Federal funds. Performance periods may be up to three years, but funding beyond the first increment, usually one year, is subject to the incremental funding policy described in Section II.B of this Announcement. The distribution of funding between Systemic MWEE and Emerging MWEE projects will depend on the nature, quality, and number of meritorious proposals, and the Selection Factors in Section V.C. of this Announcement.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Curriculum Development
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

February 16, 2017