Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Regional Grants

To provide risk reduction from the use of pesticides in agricultural and non-agricultural settings in the United States.

The objective is to provide risk reduction from the use of pesticides in agricultural and non-agricultural settings in the United States.

This program is competed and
the grants are awarded by EPA's Regional grant offices.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2008: The Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) Regional Grants - projects to provide risk reduction from the use of pesticides in agricultural and non-agricultural settings in the U.S.

Types of activities: pesticide risk reduction, pesticide pollution prevention, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) implementation, and children's health issues related to pesticides.
Examples of Funded Projects

(1) Integrated Pest Management (IPM) education programs; (2) research on safer methods for controlling agricultural pests including non-chemical control methods; (3) urban IPM projects; (4) implementation of IPM in schools; and (5) pesticide risk reduction utilizing decision-support systems.


Agency - Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

Office - The applicant may contact the appropriate EPA Regional PESP Coordinator to obtain clarification and guidance.

EPA Regional PESP Coordinators are: Region I (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont), Andrea Szylvian, 1 Congress St Ste 1100 (CPT), Boston, MA 02114-2023.

Telephone: (617) 918-1198, szylvian.andrea@epa.gov.

Region II (New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands), Audry Moore, Raritan Depot, 2890 Woodbridge Ave (MS-500), Edison, NJ 08837-3679.

Telephone: (732) 906-6809, moore.audry@epa.gov.

Region III (Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, District of Columbia), John Butler, 1650 Arch St (3WC32), Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029.

Telephone: (215) 814-2127, butler.john@epa.gov .

Region IV (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee), Patricia Livingston, 61 Forsyth St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303-8960.

Telephone: (404) 562-9171, livingston.patricia@epa.gov.

Region V (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin), Heather Anhalt, 77 W Jackson Blvd (DT-8J), Chicago, IL 60604-3507.

Telephone: (312) 886-3572, anhalt.heather@epa.gov.

Region VI (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas), Eugene Thilsted, 1445 Ross Ave Ste 1200 (6PD-P), Dallas, TX 75202-2733.

Telephone: (214) 665-2782, thilsted.eugene@epa.gov.

Region VII (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska), Heather Duncan, 901 N Fifth St.

(WWPDPEST), Kansas City, KS 66101.Telephone: (913)551-7640, duncan.heather@epa.gov.

Region VIII (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming), Jaslyn Dobrahner, 999 18th St Ste 300 (8P-P3T), Denver, CO 80202-2466.

Telephone: (303) 312-6252, dobrahner.jaslyn@epa.gov .Region IX (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Guam), Karen Heisler, 75 Hawthorne St (CMD-1), San Francisco, CA 94105, Telephone: (415) 947-4240, heisler.karen@epa.gov.

Region X (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington), Sandra Halstead, WSU-IAREC, 24106 N.

Bunn Road, Prosser, WA 99350.

Telephone: (509) 786-9225, halstead.sandra@epa.gov.


Program Accomplishments

For fiscal year 2007, and 2008, an announcement was posted to include both FY's 2007 (carryover) and 2008 funding. 48 proposals were received. 22 awards were made (two per Region) to Tribal or State entities to conduct research and/or demonstration projects that promoted Integrated pest Management (IPM) or other practices that reduce the risks associated with the use of pesticide products.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants may be used to fund projects that further the goals of the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP).

The type of projects that will be considered include research, monitoring, demonstration, and related activities.

Projects must address the risk reduction goals of PESP, pesticide pollution prevention or Integrated Pest Management (IPM), or children's health issues related to pesticides.

There are no discretionary funds available to fund projects.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

For certain competitive funding opportunities under this CFDA description, the Agency may limit eligibility to compete to a number or subset of eligible applicants consistent with the Agency's Assistance Agreement Competition Policy.

Eligible applicants include the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the U.S.

Virgin Islands, the 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, private businesses, and individuals are not eligible.

The organizations excluded from applying directly are encouraged to work with eligible applicants in developing proposals that include them as participants in the projects.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Any State, U.S. Territory/Possession, Native American Organization, or other entities working in conjunction with these eligible applicants.

Credentials/Documentation

Application should present a well thought out work plan with established infrastructure to execute the work plan. Key officials should have and document appropriate work experience or education to effectively carry out the proposed work plan or research. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Grants are awarded on the basis of merit.

The call for proposals is announced on the Office of Pesticide Programs' website and by other established mechanisms early in the fiscal year.

The proposal format is specified in the call.

Proposals not using the published format will not be considered.

National criteria are established in the call and the Regional Offices may add additional criteria that may tailor the project proposals to specific environmental projects within the Region.

Once the grant process is announced nationally, interested applicants are urged to contact the appropriate EPA Regional Office for detailed instructions.

Proposals are submitted to an EPA Regional Office.

All proposals received are rated using the published criteria and compete for funding against all acceptable proposals received.

Consultation or assistance in filling out a project proposal is available from any of the EPA Regional Offices either by phone, mail, fax or electronic mail.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Regarding pre-application/pre-proposal assistance with respect to competitive funding opportunities under this program description, EPA will generally specify the nature of the pre-application/pre-proposal assistance, if any, that will be available to applicants in the competitive announcement.

For additional information, contact the individual(s) listed as "Information Contacts" or see Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Application Procedures

Successful applicants will be notified and invited to complete and sign a Standard Form 424, (an application form) which will be supplied upon notification. Questions about this form will be answered by the Regional representative who contacts the applicant. Applicants may be able to use http://www.grants.gov to electronically apply for certain grant opportunities under this CFDA.

Award Procedures

For competitive awards, EPA will review and evaluate applications, proposals, and/or submissions in accordance with the terms, conditions, and criteria stated in the competitive announcement. Competitions will be conducted in accordance with EPA policies/regulations for competing assistance agreements.

Deadlines

Varies from year to year. The call for proposals is published during the first or second quarter of the fiscal year and project proposals are due 60 days after publication (generally late in the second quarter). Contact your regional office for application deadlines.

Authorization

Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20, Research and Monitoring, as amended.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

About 60 days.

Appeals

Assistance agreement competition-related disputes will be resolved in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures published in 70 FR (Federal Register) 3629, 3630 (January 26, 2005). Copies of these procedures may also be requested by contacting the individual(s) listed as "Information Contacts." Disputes relating to matters other than the competitive selection of recipients will be resolved under 40 CFR 30.63 or 40 CFR 31.70, as applicable.

Renewals

None.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are awarded for a project period not to exceed 2 years. Funds are released by a letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Organizations that are awarded grant/cooperative agreement funds will be required to submit at least annual progress reports, during the life of the project, to the EPA Project Officer.

Each report will summarize funds expended, tasks accomplished, and results achieved to date.

A summary final report will also be required at the end of the project period.

This final report should include a discussion of the prospects of continuation, further development of the effort, project evaluation and future direction.

Audits

Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, other EPA staff, or any authorized representative of the Federal government. Reviews by the EPA Project Officer and the Grants Specialist may occur each year. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," non-federal entities that expend $500,000 or more in a year in Federal awards shall have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-federal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in OMB Circular No. A-133.

Records

Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records to substantiate charges to each grant must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained for 3 years from the date of submission of the annual financial status report. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of an audit, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-0103-2-1-304 - STAG.

Obigations

(Grants) The following funding was dedicated to these projects: FY 07 $502,600; FY 08 $497,200; and FY 09 est. $497,200 (based on FY 09 President's Budget)

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$20,000 to $50,500. Average: $50,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

40 CFR Parts 29, 30, 31, 32 and "EPA Assistance Administration Manual," available from the National Technical Information Services, Department of Commerce, Springfield, VA 22161 on a subscription basis, Order No.NTIS UB/031.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

The applicant may contact the appropriate EPA Regional PESP Coordinator to obtain clarification and guidance. EPA Regional PESP Coordinators are: Region I (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont), Andrea Szylvian, 1 Congress St Ste 1100 (CPT), Boston, MA 02114-2023. Telephone: (617) 918-1198, szylvian.andrea@epa.gov. Region II (New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands), Audry Moore, Raritan Depot, 2890 Woodbridge Ave (MS-500), Edison, NJ 08837-3679. Telephone: (732) 906-6809, moore.audry@epa.gov. Region III (Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, District of Columbia), John Butler, 1650 Arch St (3WC32), Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029. Telephone: (215) 814-2127, butler.john@epa.gov . Region IV (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee), Patricia Livingston, 61 Forsyth St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303-8960. Telephone: (404) 562-9171, livingston.patricia@epa.gov. Region V (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin), Heather Anhalt, 77 W Jackson Blvd (DT-8J), Chicago, IL 60604-3507. Telephone: (312) 886-3572, anhalt.heather@epa.gov. Region VI (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas), Eugene Thilsted, 1445 Ross Ave Ste 1200 (6PD-P), Dallas, TX 75202-2733. Telephone: (214) 665-2782, thilsted.eugene@epa.gov. Region VII (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska), Heather Duncan, 901 N Fifth St. (WWPDPEST), Kansas City, KS 66101.Telephone: (913)551-7640, duncan.heather@epa.gov. Region VIII (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming), Jaslyn Dobrahner, 999 18th St Ste 300 (8P-P3T), Denver, CO 80202-2466. Telephone: (303) 312-6252, dobrahner.jaslyn@epa.gov .Region IX (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Guam), Karen Heisler, 75 Hawthorne St (CMD-1), San Francisco, CA 94105, Telephone: (415) 947-4240, heisler.karen@epa.gov. Region X (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington), Sandra Halstead, WSU-IAREC, 24106 N. Bunn Road, Prosser, WA 99350. Telephone: (509) 786-9225, halstead.sandra@epa.gov.

Headquarters Office

For program information contact Frank Ellis, of the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division (7511-P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20460, Telephone: (703) 308-8107 or (1-800) 972-7717, E-mail: ellis.frank@epa.gov, Fax: (703) 308-7026.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement.



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