Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) Grants


The objective of this program is to encourage smart, sensible and sustainable pest control in agriculture. The Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) grants initiative, an extension of the PESP, will enable grantees to implement sustainable pest management practices that align with the Agency's strategic goal of providing a cleaner and healthier environment for all Americans. The Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) grants initiative will support projects that focus on sustainable pest management approaches, reduce the risks associated with pesticide use in agricultural pest management, and integrated pest management (IPM) implementation. These assistance agreements support projects that explore innovative practices, technologies, education, and non-regulatory solutions that adopt integrated pest management (IPM) strategies. Projects address implementation of environmentally sound pest management practices, approaches, training, and innovations that reduce the risks associated with pesticide use in agricultural settings and, where feasible, lead to corresponding reductions in greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. These projects reduce unnecessary exposures to pests and pesticides through the adoption of integrated pest management practices and strengthen our shared goals of sustainable pest management. Most recently funded projects are implementing arthropod IPM on watermelon farms for pollinator protection, improving knowledge about IPM and pesticide safety, integrating pest and pollinator management strategies for ornamental plant production, and delivering herbicide resistance training through web-based and in-person workshops to Pacific Northwest agricultural professionals.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Environmental Protection Agency
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20(a), Public Law 106-74
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Assistance under this competition is available to 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, private businesses, and individuals are not eligible. For-profit organizations are not eligible. 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 are also not eligible to apply. For certain competitive funding opportunities under this assistance listing, the Agency may limit eligibility to compete to a number or subset of eligible applicants consistent with the Agency's Assistance Agreement Competition Policy.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Any State, U.S. Territory/Possession, Native American Organization, or other entities working in conjunction with these eligible applicants.
Key officials should have and document appropriate work experience or education to effectively carry out the proposed work plan.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Regarding pre-application assistance with respect to competitive funding opportunities under this assistance listing, EPA will generally specify the nature of the pre-application assistance, if any, that will be available to applicants in the competitive announcement. For additional information, contact the individual(s) listed as "Agency Contacts" in the competitive announcement.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through
Award Procedure
EPA will review and evaluate applications 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.
For competitive awards, deadlines will be specified in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
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 found at: Disputes relating to matters other than the competitive selection of recipients will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.
None. Generally, EPA incrementally funds grants and cooperative agreements. Approval of subsequent funding increments is dependent on satisfactory project progress, continued relevance of the project to EPA's priorities, and availability of funds.
How are proposals selected?
The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this assistance listing will be described in the competitive announcement.
How may assistance be used?
Grants may be used to fund projects that further the implementation of smart, sensible and sustainable pest control and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) implementation in agriculture. The type of projects that will be considered include outreach, demonstration, education, partnerships, research, and related activities. Projects must include efforts to implement sustainable/IPM practices which lead to pest and pesticide risk reduction.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: A final technical report is due at the completion of the federal funding period of the grant or cooperative agreement. The performance report should note milestones achieved, environmental results, lessons learned, transferability of information to others and possible inclusion of case studies highlighting project activities.
Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, and 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.
Recipients must keep financial records, including all documents supporting entries on accounting records and to substantiate changes in grants available to personnel authorized to examine EPA recipients grants and cooperative agreements records. Recipients must maintain all records until 3 years from the date of submission of final expenditure reports as required by 2 CFR 200.334. If questions, such as those raised because of audits remain following the 3-year period, recipients must retain records until the matter is completely resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are awarded for a project period not to exceed 2 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Jennifer Lemon
Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division, Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (Mail Code: 7511M)
Washington, DC 20460 USA
Phone: 202-566-1589
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 22$0.00; FY 23 est $0.00; FY 24 est $0.00; FY 21$780,000.00; FY 20$0.00; FY 15$0.00; FY 17 Estimate Not Available FY 16 est $0.00; - There has not been funding under this assistance listing since grants were awarded in FY22 with FY21 funds.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In FY2021, EPA awarded approximately $780,000 through the PESP grant initiative. Six (6) cooperative agreements were funded up to $130,000. This program was not funded in FY2022 or FY2023.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR 200 and 1500 (EPA Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards); 40 CFR Part 33 (Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in United States Environmental Protection Agency Programs).
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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