Applying for a Gulf B-WET Grant
Applicants to NOAA grant programs should apply online via www.Grants.gov. The only electronic applications that will be accepted are those submitted through Grants.gov. Grants.gov is the primary application method for BWET funding.
Applicants submitting electronically must first complete the registration process with Grants.gov. This process can take two, or more, weeks. The following is an overview of the steps you will take during the registration process.
- STEP 1: Obtain Data Universal Number (DUNS)
- STEP 2: Register Your Organization with the Central Contractor Registration
- STEP 3: Username and Password
- STEP 4: AOR Authorization
- STEP 5: Track AOR Status
Detailed information on how to register can be found at the Grants.gov Get Registered Page.
In rare cases, for applicants who do not have access to the Internet, paper applications can be submitted. Information on how to submit a paper application can be found in the Federal Funding Opportunity.
Eligibility for the FY12 Gulf of Mexico Bay-Watershed Education and Training Program (B-WET) Program FY12 Federal Funding Opportunity (Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-NMFS-SE-2012-2003085) includes the following: 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. Applicants may be physically located in any U.S. state; however, education projects and actions must take place in the Gulf States. Gulf States are defined as the states of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.
Proposals must address one of these three program priorities: 1) Meaningful Watershed
Educational Experiences for Students; 2) Professional Development for Teachers related to
Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences; 3) Exemplary Programs combining
Teacher Professional Development with long-term classroom-integrated Meaningful
Watershed Educational Experiences for their students. In addition to these three program priorities, proposal must also address on of the Priority Areas of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance. The Fiscal Year 2012 Gulf B-WET Federal Funding Opportunity provides more information on each of these.
Developing Your Application
Typically, in early July, the Gulf of Mexico B-WET Program publishes its Federal Funding Opportunity on the program website and via Grant.gov. The Federal Funding Opportunity contains all the 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 document carefully.
In addition to the Federal Funding Opportunity, the following resources may be helpful in developing your B-WET application: