Ohio EPA is accepting applications for $800,000 in grants to help local health departments and governments implement mosquito control programs to reduce risks of mosquito-borne diseases. Applications must be received by 3 p.m. on Jan. 28, 2022.
Applications may be completed and submitted online. Grants will be awarded in the spring.
The mosquito control program is a collaborative effort between Ohio EPA and the Ohio Department of Health. The funding helps communities mitigate the spread of mosquito-borne viruses such as Zika, West Nile, and La Cross Encephalitis.
Mosquito control grants specifically target:
- mosquito surveillance;
- larval control;
- adult mosquito control, such as spraying where mosquito presence poses a risk to public health;
- community outreach;
- breeding source reduction, including trash or tire removal; and
- additional proposed activities.
Over the last three years, Ohio EPA and the Ohio Department of Health have awarded more than $3.7 million to local health departments and communities for mosquito control programs.
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.