NOAA -- Regional Environmental Literacy Capacity Building

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

Chesapeake B-WET funds locally relevant, authentic experiential learning for K-12 audiences through Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) and capacity building and partnership development for environmental education programs throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed states. Successful projects advance the environmental literacy goal of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement and the NOAA Education Strategic Plan by building capacity to support hands-on environmental education and scale best practices across states and the region.

This funding announcement priority is Regional Environmental Literacy Capacity Building which supports the development of systemic MWEEs in school districts by increasing the capacity of: state networks and their leadership, network weavers, their partners, and the larger environmental education community. Note that a separate funding announcement through BWET for School District Programming is also available on

Deadline: Feb. 10, 2023

Agency Website

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. Forprofit 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. Additional guidance on subrecipient partners can be found at 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 up to $250,000 may be available in FY 2023 to fund new applications, subject to appropriations. NOAA anticipates making one new award. Requests should not exceed $250,000 annually in Federal funds with a minimum request of $150,000. 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.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Curriculum Development
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

February 10, 2023