EPA Requests Applications for $10 Million National Pesticide Information Center Agreement

This original announcement was published by the EPA on June 23, 2023. Click here for more information.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting applications from eligible organizations to support a National Pesticide Information Center, providing the public with objective, science-based information on pesticide-related subjects through a website, toll-free telephone service, and outreach.  

EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs funds national outreach and education programs on the safe use of pesticides, which are valuable public resources of unbiased, accurate, scientific information. Total funding estimated for this opportunity is anticipated to be up to $10 million over five years. No cost sharing is required under this opportunity. EPA intends to award one cooperative agreement under this solicitation. The project period for this award is anticipated to begin in February 2024 and last up to five years.  

Activities to be funded under this cooperative agreement include, but are not limited to: 

  1. Provide services (i.e., provide pesticide-related information to interested parties and collect incident information including through a toll-free hotline in both Spanish and English); 
  2. Develop outreach and educational pesticide safety materials; 
  3. Develop technical resources for specialized audiences (i.e., risk assessors, medical, and veterinary professionals); 
  4. Develop web-based mechanisms for voluntary incident reporting; 
  5. Engage in partnerships/collaborations with government agencies, non-profit organizations, and other audiences; and 
  6. Provide program oversight including quality control and using standard operating procedures. 

Applicants for this award should integrate environmental justice principles into their project’s proposed activities. Applications will be evaluated based on the extent to which they demonstrate how the project will benefit underserved and vulnerable communities, particularly those that might be impacted by pesticide applications. Applications will be accepted from states, U.S. territories, federally recognized Indian tribal governments and Native American organizations, public and private universities and colleges, other public or private nonprofit institutions, and local governments. Individuals and for-profit organizations are not eligible to apply. 

To allow for efficient management of the competition process, EPA requests an optional submittal of an informal notice of an Intent to Apply by July 25, 2023, to OPPGA@epa.gov.   

Applicants must apply electronically through Grants.gov and should use the Grants.gov instructions in the full announcement. Applications will be accepted through August 7, 2023, at 11:59 PM ET.  

EPA anticipates notifying successful and unsuccessful applicants via telephone, email, or postal mail by November 2023.