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School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Grants

EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) is promoting the expanded use of a smart, safe, and sustainable approach to pest control in schools. To provide greater protection for children's health by employing Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as a pollution prevention tool, EPA has increased its commitment to school IPM and redirected resources to increase the attention and support given to school IPM programs. This effort is intended to accelerate the move from demonstration to the implementation of school IPM to ensure that the millions of children in our nation's schools will benefit from the protection afforded by quality IPM programs.

IPM is a sustainable approach to managing pests that combines biological, cultural, physical, and chemical tools in a way that minimizes economic, health, and environmental risks. A school IPM program uses easily implemented strategies to reduce sources of food, water, and shelter for pests in school buildings and grounds. Verifiable school IPM is an ongoing activity that includes all of these documented elements: understanding pests; setting action thresholds for key pests, i.e., knowing when to take action against key pests; monitoring for pests, their locations and populations; removing conditions that allow pest infestation; and using one or more effective pest control methods including sanitation, structural maintenance, and nonchemical methods in place of or in combination with pesticides.

As part of this commitment, EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs has established a grant program to support projects that, through research, development, monitoring, public education, training, demonstrations, or studies, will support recipients’ efforts to increase IPM adoption by kindergarten to 12th grade public and tribal schools.

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Who Can Apply for a School IPM Grant?

In the most recent competition, eligible applicants included the 50 States, District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any territory or possession of the United States, any agency or instrumentality of a state including state universities, and all federally recognized Native American Tribes.

Local governments, private universities, private nonprofit entities, for-profit organizations, private businesses, and individuals were not eligible. In addition, non-profit organizations described in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying activities as defined in Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 were not eligible to apply.

What Types of Projects Will the School IPM Grants Support?

The program will support projects that further the adoption of verifiable school IPM and the corresponding reduction in risks from pests and pesticides in K-12 public and tribal schools through research, development, monitoring, public education, training, demonstrations, and/or studies. EPA strongly encourages projects that utilize consortia, partnerships, and other collaborative means in conducting the project. Proposed projects must conform to applicable state and/or tribal pesticide application requirements and IPM regulations. This program will not support projects the primary aim of which is to address the use of antimicrobial and cleaning agents in schools or pest management in school greenhouses or demonstration gardens.

2014 Awards

A summary listing of the school IPM grants funded by EPA since 1996 is available.

When Can I Apply?

The Agency has not determined if funding will be available for additional grants in 2014.

How Do I Apply?

Information on how to apply will be provided once a future funding opportunity is announced.

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