For More Information:
B-WET Program Manager,
Gulf of Mexico
NOAA Fisheries Southeast
1021 Balch Boulevard,
Stennis Space Center, MS
Office: (228) 688-1520
Mobile: (727) 466-8586
Fax: (228) 688-3142
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 B-WET 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. 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.
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.
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. Applicants may be physically located in any U.S. state; however, education projects and actions must take place in or target Gulf of Mexico coastal counties, which are listed on page 48-49 of the following document: National Ocean Service, NOAA. 2011. The Gulf of Mexico at a Glance: A Second Glance. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Commerce. Additionally, priority will be given to applicants who 1) show prior experience in working in the Gulf of Mexico region, 2) show prior experience with Gulf of Mexico regional issues, or 3) demonstrate partnerships with local organizations in the Gulf of Mexico region on proposed projects.
Developing Your Application
In late summer/early fall, 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 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:
- Gulf B-WET Budget Template
- Definition of a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience
- NOAA Education Strategic Plan 2015 - 2035
- Ocean Literacy Principles
- Climate Literacy Principles
- Gulf of Mexico Alliance Priority Issues
- Gulf B-WET Grant Writing Tips
- NOAA’s “Dos” and “Don’ts” for Writing Successful Grant Proposals