CADPR Alliance Grants Program

California Department of Pesticide Regulation

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Grant amount: US $60,000 - US $400,000

Next anticipated deadline: Feb 7, 2021 5:00pm PST (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Apr 6, 2021 5:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Fields of work: Agricultural Pest Management

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit, For-Profit Business, College / University, Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: California

Location of residency: California

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DPR’s Pest Management Alliance Grant Program, established in 1997, provides funding for projects that increase implementation and adoption of proven, effective integrated pest management (IPM) practices that reduce pesticide risks to human health and the environment. A key component of these projects funded is the formation of an Alliance, a team of individuals representing state, local, public, private, educational, and other stakeholders in the adoption and implementation of urban and agricultural IPM practices. Project proposals are reviewed by the department’s Pest Management Advisory Committee.

Projects should focus on adoption of integrated pest management (IPM) practices in agricultural settings near schools.

Pest Management Alliance Grants

The Department of Pesticide Regulation’s (DPR) Pest Management Alliance Grant Program will fund projects that focus on adoption of integrated pest management (IPM) practices in agricultural, urban, or wildland settings. IPM is an ecosystem-based strategy focused on longterm prevention of pests that combines biological, cultural, physical, and/or chemical options. IPM involves a decision-making process based on pest identification, knowledge of pest biology, population monitoring, and action thresholds. Pest management practices that are effective and economically viable are used in a manner that benefits consumers, growers, farm workers, urban communities, and the environment. Pesticides are used when necessary for effective pest management.

Selected projects will promote adoption of established IPM practices that reduce use of pesticides of human health or environmental concern1 through the guidance of a collaborative team of knowledgeable participants known as an Alliance.

This team should include interested parties such as commodity group representatives, growers, university researchers, school district representatives, representatives of public health entities, urban or industry representatives, and sustainability or certification programs. Alliance Grant projects should provide evidence that adoption is taking place by the end of the grant period.

DPR’s Alliance Grant Manager will actively participate as members of the Alliance team to help create collaborative partnerships, set priorities, and assist in carrying out the project. As appropriate, DPR may provide in-kind support including scientific analysis, writing and editing assistance, and collaborative networking and outreach.

Comprehensive IPM

In California, the regulation of pesticides to protect human health and the environment is the joint responsibility of DPR and the state’s county agricultural commissioners. Promotion, and ultimately adoption, of comprehensive IPM is a non-regulatory pathway to protection of human health and the environment.

Comprehensive IPM goes beyond monitoring for pests, using economic thresholds, and judicious use of pesticides. It may include monitoring for natural enemies, and using resistant host plants, biological control, cultural and habitat manipulation, crop rotation, trap crops, as well as other innovative practices to prevent pest damage. Not all of these options may be available or appropriate at all times for all crops, but they must be considered when possible.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Government and tribal agencies, universities, colleges, consultants, pest control businesses, commodity groups, marketing orders, and nonprofit organizations that carry out their projects in California are eligible. 
  • Members of DPR’s Pest Management Advisory Committee (PMAC) are eligible. See full details here.


  • DPR employees are not eligible to receive funds.
  • Members of DPR’s Pest Management Advisory Committee (PMAC) are not eligible to receive funds unless they recuse themselves from participating in the grant review process. 
  • Management Team members cannot have outstanding fines or penalties with DPR or the County Agricultural Commissioners. 
  • Research may be a minor component of the overall project, but DPR will not fund Alliance Grant projects that focus on research. Please see DPR’s Pest Management Research Grant Program for research related projects.