Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Applying for a Great Lakes B-WET Grant 

Applicants to NOAA grant programs should apply online via The only electronic applications that will be accepted are those submitted through is the primary application method for B-WET funding.

Applicants submitting electronically must first complete the registration process with 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
  • 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

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 must target teachers and/or students in the Great Lakes watershed. Additionally, priority will be given to applicants who 1) show prior experience in working in the Great Lakes region, 2) show prior experience with Great Lakes regional issues, or 3) demonstrate partnerships with local organizations in the Great Lakes region on proposed projects.

The Department of Commerce/ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (DOC/NOAA) is strongly committed to broadening the participation of historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities, and institutions that service underserved areas. The NOAA B-WET program encourages proposals involving any of the above institutions.


Developing Your Application

In the fall, the Great Lakes B-WET Program publishes its Federal Funding Opportunity on the program website and via The Federal Funding Opportunity contains information needed to apply for a Great Lakes 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:




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