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Ohio EPA to Fund Mosquito Control Grants
Ohio EPA will make funding available to community health departments and related public entities to help mitigate the spread of mosquito-borne viruses such as Zika, West Nile or La Cross Encephalitis.
These grants will be made available on a first come, first-served basis. Local health departments and other governmental entities in Ohio may seek grant monies for mosquito control measures. Additionally, state agencies may sponsor multiple private sector businesses or non-profit organizations.
Elements being considered when evaluating grant applications include the availability of grant funds; the submission of required forms and comprehensive responses to questions in the application; compliance or outstanding financial issues; submission of a mosquito surveillance plan for new control programs; and a demonstration of a historical mosquito surveillance or photographic evidence of larva for existing control programs.
Assistance Ohio EPA can provide includes:
- mosquito surveillance;
- larval control;
- adult mosquito control such as spraying where mosquito presence poses a risk to public health;
- community outreach; and
- breeding source reduction, including trash or tire removal, as well as other possible proposed activities.
The first round of grant applications are due May 15, 2016, and the second round of applications must be submitted by May 31. If total funds are exhausted in the first round, remaining grants will be available again beginning July 1.
Grant applications may be submitted to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Materials and Waste Management; Attention: Adam Cummins, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049, or email email@example.com.
For more information on how to obtain a grant application, visit www.epa.ohio.gov/dmwm/Home/ScrapTires.aspx#114345067-mosquito-control-grants.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.