7 U.S. Code § 7783 - Grants to weed management entities
(a) Consultation and consent
In carrying out a grant under this subchapter, the weed management entity and the Secretary shall—
(1) if the activities funded under the grant will take place on Federal land, consult with the heads of the Federal agencies having jurisdiction over the land; or
(b) Grant considerations
In determining the amount of a grant to a weed management entity, the Secretary shall consider—
(2) the extent to which the Federal funds will be used to leverage non-Federal funds to address the noxious weed problem;
(3) the extent to which the weed management entity has made progress in addressing the noxious weeds problem; and
(c) Use of grant funds; cost shares
(1) Use of grants
A weed management entity that receives a grant under subsection (a) of this section shall use the grant funds to carry out a project authorized by subsection (d) of this section for the control or eradication of a noxious weed.
(2) Cost shares
(A) Federal cost share
The Federal share of the cost of carrying out an authorized project under this section exclusively on non-Federal land shall not exceed 50 percent.
(d) Authorized projects
Projects funded by grants under this section include the following:
(1) Education, inventories and mapping, management, monitoring, methods development, and other capacity building activities, including the payment of the cost of personnel and equipment that promote control or eradication of noxious weeds.
To be eligible to receive assistance under this section, a weed management entity shall prepare and submit to the Secretary an application containing such information as the Secretary shall by regulation require.
(f) Selection of projects
Projects funded under this section shall be selected by the Secretary on a competitive basis, taking into consideration the following:
(2) The likelihood that the project will prevent or resolve the problem, or increase knowledge about resolving similar problems.
(3) The extent to which the Federal funds will leverage non-Federal funds to address the noxious weed problem addressed by the project.
(4) The extent to which the program will improve the overall capacity of the United States to address noxious weed control and management.
(5) The extent to which the weed management entity has made progress in addressing noxious weed problems.
(6) The extent to which the project will provide a comprehensive approach to the control or eradication of noxious weeds.
(8) The extent to which the project promotes cooperation and participation between States that have common interests in controlling and eradicating noxious weeds.
(g) Regional, State, and local involvement
In determining which projects receive funding under this section, the Secretary shall, to the maximum extent practicable—
(1) rely on technical and merit reviews provided by regional, State, or local weed management experts; and