Apply now for the 2018 Environmental Education Local Grant Program

Proposals are due March 15, 2018

Up to $3 million in funding for locally-focused environmental education grants is now available. EPA expects to award three to four grants in each of EPA’s ten Regions, for no less than $50,000 and no more than $100,000 each, for a total of 30-35 grants nationwide. Proposals are due March 15, 2018. Through this grant program, EPA intends to provide financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques, that will serve to increase environmental and conservation literacy and encourage behavior that will benefit the environment.

In addition to other environmental topics, the 2018 EE Local Grant Program includes support for projects that reflect the intersection of environmental issues with agricultural best-practices, conservation of natural resources, food waste management, and natural disaster preparedness. Applicants must apply under the Request for Proposal (also known as a Solicitation Notice) for the EPA Region in which the funded project would be located.

Please refer to the full announcements for details, available at

Find background on the Environmental Education (EE) Grants Program and resources for applicants at

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Invests in Exploratory Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today awarded grants to support the initial development of innovative ideas in agriculture and food production through the Exploratory Research Grants (ERG) program. Funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

There are 27 grants totaling $2.6 million funded through the ERG program for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. They include a project at the University of Florida (link is external) that tackled the urgent need to determine the frequency of Zika virus infection in wild-caught mosquitoes in Haiti, generating information that can help efforts to control the spread of Zika from insects to humans in Florida and other Southern states. Through another grant, Middle Tennessee State University explored an alternative approach to sustainable bioenergy and renewable energy by using food-industry wastes to grow microorganisms that produce the lipid precursors of biodiesel.

Project details can be found at the NIFA website.

Request for Proposals in Community Integrated Pest Management

The New York State Integrated Pest Management (NYS IPM) Program helps New Yorkers address pest problems while minimizing environmental, health, and economic risks through the use of innovative biological, cultural, technological, and educational practices. Community IPM takes place in settings other than agricultural production—including, but not limited to school buildings, grounds and curriculum; structures; child care; street trees; residential landscapes; golf courses; lawns; parks and right-of-ways. Community IPM Program practitioners can include structural pest managers, school administrators and teachers, lawn care professionals, health care professionals, golf course superintendents, arborists, Master Gardeners and other multipliers, homeowners, and members of environmental and health advocacy groups.

NYSIPM Community Projects
The NYS IPM Program invites grant proposals from Cornell campus-based faculty and staff, and off-campus Cornell-based Cooperative Extension educators interested in initiating, developing, evaluating, or demonstrating the feasibility of IPM methods. Unfortunately we cannot fund staff salary for County-based Cooperative Extension agents, faculty and staff of other educational institutions, or members of organizations outside of Cornell because of funding restrictions. Applicants outside of the Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension systems should contact Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann prior to submission to determine if funding is possible with a Cornell partner. Budgets may not exceed $8,500. Project awards will be announced in April 2018, and funds must be spent by February 28, 2019.

Full details can be found here.

North Central Integrated Pest Management Center announces FY18 Working Group Grants Program Awards

The FY18 NCIPMC Working Groups Grants Program will support 18 working groups that includes 15 continuing working groups and 3 new working group projects. NCIPMC working groups are self-selected, self-directed projects that expand our pest management network throughout the region and beyond. These groups have increased information exchange and expanded pest management knowledge to enhance IPM adoption and provide solutions to critical pest issues. A full list of the working groups can be found here.

To facilitate sharing of programming with other working groups in the region, each project has a representative on the NCIPMC Stakeholder Panel and attends an annual meeting to provide an update of activities. If you have interest in joining a working group, please contact the lead project director for more information. To learn more about establishing a working group and our competitive process, please contact Susan Ratcliffe or Lynnae Jess.

These projects are funded through a USDA-NIFA award (2014-70006-22486).


EPA Pesticide Program Updates

In This Update:

EPA Requests Nominations for Experts to Serve on the July 17-20, 2018 FIFRA SAP Panel on Resistance in Lepidopteran Pests to Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) Plant Incorporated Protectants

On March 5, 2018, the Agency published a Federal Register notice (FRN) requesting nominations of experts to serve as ad hoc members on the July 17-20, 2018 Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) Panel meeting to consider and reviewresistance in Lepidopteran Pests to Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) Plant Incorporated Protectants in the U.S.

Nominations are due on or before April 4, 2018 and can be provided by following the instructions in the FRN in docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2017-0617 in or by forwarding the nominations to the Designated Federal Official listed here.