Alliance Grants Program
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s (DPR) Alliance Grants Program provides funding for projects that promote or increase the implementation, expansion, and/or adoption of effective, proven, and affordable integrated pest management (IPM) systems or practices that reduce risks to public health and the environment in agricultural, urban, or wildland settings.
Successful applications will demonstrate strong partnerships, outreach, and/or an educational or training component to promote IPM and the broad application of the proposed IPM systems or practices. The most competitive Alliance Grant projects are those that can serve as a model for similar situations, have a high potential for wide adoption, and do not focus on conducting research (for projects conducting research, see our Research Grants Program).
Application Process and Current Status
The 2024 Alliance Grants solicitation period is now open. Proposal applications will be accepted through January 18, 2024.
The 2024 Alliance Grants Program is particularly seeking applications that address one or more of the following priority topic areas:
- IPM for underserved or disadvantaged communities;
- Decreasing the use of high-risk/high-volume pesticides (such as fumigants like 1,3-dichloropropene or sulfuryl fluoride);
- Advancement of urban IPM and safer, more sustainable pest management tools and strategies in urban settings;
- Advancement of IPM and safer, more sustainable pest management tools and strategies in agricultural settings, particularly in settings adjacent to or near a school(s);
- Meeting the IPM needs of small growers; and/or
- TWO or more of the three sustainability pillars noted below and referenced in the Sustainable Pest Management (SPM) Roadmap:
- Human Health and Social Equity,
- Environmental Protections,
- Economic Vitality
The 2024 Alliance Grants proposal application materials are available here: 2024 Alliance Grants proposal application materials.
Dates and Deadlines
- Early August 2023 – Solicitation period opens; DPR begins accepting proposal applications
- Thursday, January 18, 2024 – Final application deadline
- Thursday, May 9, 2024 (9:30 am PT) – Pest Management Advisory Committee (PMAC) Alliance Grants proposal review meeting
- Late June 2024 – Funding decision emails sent out
- Sunday, September 1, 2024 – Earliest project start date pending full execution of the grant agreement
- Wednesday, June 30, 2027 – Latest project end date
DPR staff have produced recorded videos on topics to assist applicants in successfully applying to our Grants Programs. These videos are available on YouTube and include sessions devoted to the following topics:
- DPR’s Grant Programs – Purpose and Priorities
Reviews the basics about DPR’s grants programs and provides a broad overview of topics that applicants should keep in mind when applying
- Budgets and Budget Justifications
Discusses the budget and budget justifications that applicants complete when applying to DPR’s grants programs
- Building a Strong Alliance Team
Discusses how to build a strong Alliance Team for applicants applying to the Alliance Grants program
- Scope of Work, Objectives, Tasks, and Deliverables
Discusses the scope of work that applicants complete when applying to DPR’s grants programs
If after reviewing these videos you have any further questions, contact DPR staff at DPRpmGrants.Solicitation@cdpr.ca.gov or consider scheduling an "office hour" with DPR staff to review specific questions. For more information on office hours, see below.
DPR-Hosted Office Hours
This year, DPR’s Grants Program is hosting "office hours" for potential applicants to be able to reserve 30-minute appointments to discuss various aspects of the Research and Alliance Grants Program proposal applications. Please note that discussion may not focus on any of the criteria or aspects that are competitively ranked by DPR staff and Pest Management Advisory Committee (PMAC) members when reviewing and ranking proposal applications. For example, DPR staff will be unable to provide guidance on topics such as choice of proposal topic, quality of ideas, or experimental plans. A list of competitively ranked criteria can be found in the "Ranking Considerations for Reviewers" section of the solicitation. These "office hour" appointments are intended to assist applicants with the more complex sections of the proposal application such as the budget and budget justification.
For information on competitively ranked criteria that will not be able to be addressed in "office hours" appointments, please consider reviewing the Alliance Grants Guidance Document, or the recorded applicant assistance informational videos described above.
To sign up for a 30-minute appointment, use the 2024 DPR Grants Program "Office Hours" form. Note that when requesting a scheduled appointment during "office hours," you will be prompted to include a specific set of questions or topics for discussion.
To maximize your appointment time, DPR staff highly recommend that you complete the sections of the proposal application for the Research Grants or Alliance Grants Program that you want to discuss in advance to the best of your ability, including the required Excel spreadsheet for budget calculations.
For questions, please contact:
1001 I Street, P.O. Box 4015
Sacramento, CA 95812-4015