Urban Initiative Grants
EPA awards grants under the Urban Initiative Program. Urban Initiative grew out of the the agricultural pesticide, methyl parathion, misuse in states like Mississippi and Tennessee. Methyl parathion was illegally applied inside homes, schools and churches causing millions of dollars in clean-up costs along with jail-time fines for the people who illegally applied the pesticide. Urban Initiative grant dollars are used on projects that help prevent agricultural pesticide misuse in the urban setting. The grants have also addressed the area of unregistered, illegal pesticides imported into the United States for use in homes.
EPA's Region 3, which works with the states of DE, DC, MD, PA, VA and WV, provides highlights of some of its urban initiative efforts under its "Inspector Training Programs."
Additional resource information on urban initiative grants maybe available from the EPA Newsletter Web page.