The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week released a solicitation for state grant submissions for bed bug education and outreach.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week released a solicitation for state grant submissions for bed bug education and outreach. EPA anticipates that approximately $550,000 will be available under this grant, depending on Agency funding levels and other applicable considerations, with individual awards ranging between $50,000 and $200,000. Only State agencies, State universities, and tribes are eligible to submit grant proposals, although advocacy organizations, local health departments, and others may work with the State on the submission. The deadline for submissions is October 18.
Click here for more information and the request for proposal.
The projects supported through these grants are designed to build broad, results-oriented partnerships for education and outreach programs to reduce bed bug infestations in communities disproportionately exposed to environmental harms and risks.
Samples of activities to be funded include:
a.) An existing effective method/model of program implementation using education and outreach to incorporate aspects of bed bug control techniques into settings where these techniques have not yet been introduced. Settings should include communities with environmental justice concerns.
-The model should emphasize methods to sustainably control and monitor for bed bugs -Utilize best practices identified in existing literature -Introduce bed bug control methods that are expected to result in systematic change -Provide ongoing technical assistance to practice sites
b.) Conducting training for residents, landlords, property management, pest management professionals, community advocates and other stakeholders. Training on the risk and prevention of pesticide exposure for residents may also be included.
-Develop/continue development of training and resource materials needed to effectively recognize, manage and prevent bed bug infestations. Provide access to these tools and resources.
- Include resident education and outreach strategies in training
c.) Promoting and provide access to relevant materials, tools and best practices generated through trainings, publications, outreach literature, and presence at relevant regional and national meetings providing opportunities for communication with stakeholders regarding bed bugs.
d.) Organizing/attending strategic meetings, collaborate with and partner with residents, landlords, property management, pest management professionals, community advocates and other stakeholders to formulate sustainable networks and expand impact/awareness of bed bugs.
e.) Generating a toolkit reviewing the methods, successes and challenges to bed bug control, along with opportunities for improvement and sustainability, which can be used by stakeholders and the Agency for further development of bed bug control programs.
f.) Establishing a mechanism for disseminating materials generated with this funding to a wider area of communities.