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NOAA-21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Watershed STEM Education Partnership Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools
to Implement STEM Education Programs

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North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)

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Deadline Date:

02/06/20 11:59 PM ET (Midnight)


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, K-12 schools, and institutions of higher education partnering with learning centers for STEM education programs. Funding is intended to support the implementation of learning experiences taking place in both classroom and outdoor settings that enhance watershed education. Activities aim to increase participants’ understanding and stewardship of watersheds and related ocean, coastal, riverine, estuarine, and Great Lakes ecosystems.

The NOAA B-WET program funds locally relevant, authentic experiential STEM learning for K-12 audiences through multi-stage Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEE) that include learning both outdoors and in the classroom. The activities are driven by rigorous academic learning standards. 

The B-WET program currently serves seven geographic areas of the country: California, Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, New England, and the Pacific Northwest. For details, see Appendix 1:

Regional implementation allows B-WET programs to support grantee capacity building and to connect grantees to local NOAA assets and relevant STEM expertise, while being responsive to local education and environmental priorities.

NOAA’S Education Mission:

NAAEE is interested in leveraging NOAA and 21st CCLC resources to increase participants’ understanding and stewardship of local watersheds and related ecosystems. NAAEE is also interested in forging lasting collaborations between environmental education providers and 21st CCLC sites to achieve greater impacts at several levels by:

  • Bringing environmental education programming to 21st CCLC students during non-school hours, 
  • Building the capacity of environmental education providers to offer high-quality programming in out-of-school settings, and 
  • Helping 21st CCLC sites build a culture that values investigation, exploration, and authentic place-based learning as a context for improving student learning and achievement.

 About The Watershed STEM Education Partnership Grants:

Project Year 1 and Year 2 eligible activities:

All funded activities must serve 21ST CCLCs, and 21ST CCLC site partners must be actively funded by the 21ST CCLC program for the duration of their involvement in the project. Priority will be given to sites that are not currently offering STEM-based environmental education utilizing NOAA resources or participating in another U.S. ED STEM partnership activity. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187607

Number of Grants:

NAAEE anticipates reaching 60 or more 21ST CCLC sites per year through approximately 30 competitively awarded Watershed STEM Education Partnership grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may apply for a total request of $40,000-$100,000 ($20,000-$50,000 per year of implementation.) $20,000 per year of implementation is the minimum that may be requested for partnerships with a single 21ST CCLC site. Higher funding requests should reach multiple sites and/ or demonstrate greater contact time or duration of program implementation at each site. Funding requested should be appropriate for the number of sites to be served with the proposed program model, and applicants should provide a justification for the scale of program implementation in their proposals.

Term of Contract:

April 15, 2020: Earliest project start date.

Projects should be planned for two years of implementation in 2020 and 2021:
- Project Year 1: Spring – Fall 2020: In Project Year 1 NAAEE anticipates funds will be available by April 15, 2020. Year 1 (2020) activities may occur in the spring, summer, fall, or some combination of these.
- Project Year 2: Spring – Fall 2021: Year 2 (2021) activities may occur in the spring, summer, fall, or some combination of these. All project activities should conclude by the end of calendar year 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Prospective applicants are eligible to submit a proposal if:
- The applicant is a K-12 public or independent school or school system, an institution of higher education, nonprofit organization, state or local government agency, interstate agency, or Indian tribal government.
- The applicant is not a federal government agency, foreign entity, or individual.
- Project work is conducted by a U.S. organization in the United States or territories that can provide a valid DUNS number (
- The applicant plans to work with sites in the states and/or counties identified in Appendix 1.
- The applicant intends to partner with at least one 21ST CCLC and 21ST CCLCs are the audience for all planned programming.
- If an applicant is a current 21ST CCLC grantee, the site(s) they propose to partner with for this project must not be the site(s) that they are currently funded by the 21ST CCLC program to operate.
- The applicant is not on the federal government’s debarred list

Pre-proposal Conference:

Register for an informational webinar for potential applicants:

- December 19, 2019, 2pm ET: Registration URL:

- January 16, 2020, 2pm ET: Registration URL:

Pre-Application Information:

Competition Timeline:
- February 6, 2020: Proposals must be submitted by 11:59 PM ET
- February 7–March, 7 2020: Review and selection
- March 31, 2020: Funding decisions announced (anticipated)
April 15, 2020: Year 1 project funds available, earliest project start date

Proposals must be submitted by Midnight EST, February 6, 2020, through Survey Monkey Apply only.

A letter of collaboration from 21ST CCLC program/site partner(s) is a required part of the application package and should make clear that they have support to participate from their program and state, understand their role, and are committed to participating for the duration of the project.

More Information:
Webinar Recording 12/19/2019:
Webinar Recording 1/16/2020:

Contact Information:

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

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For questions, contact:
T’Noya Thompson, NAAEE

Bronwen Rice, NOAA Office of Education

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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