August 25, 2020
Written By: West River Business Serice Center
The EPA announced several brownfield grant funding opportunities. The Brownfield funding opportunities include the following:
- Brownfield Assessment Grants (site-specific $200,000, community-wide $300,000 and coalition assessment grants $600,000),
- Brownfield Cleanup Grants ($500,000) and
- Brownfield Multipurpose Grants ($800,000).
Click here for a copy of the grant guidelines. Proposals are due October 28, 2020, in grants.gov. Stay tuned for additional online training opportunities that discuss the guidelines in detail including both the threshold and evaluation criteria.
Please don’t hesitate to contact the Region 8 Brownfields Team with threshold eligibility questions for communities applying in EPA Region 8 - Melisa Devincenzi is the main Region 8 contact for these solicitations and can be reached at Devincenzi.firstname.lastname@example.org and 303-312-6377.
Please read the guidelines in full and note the following before applying.
Current EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant recipients must demonstrate that payment has been received from EPA (also known as ‘drawn down’) for at least 70% of each Assessment cooperative agreement they have with EPA by October 1, 2020, in order to apply for additional Assessment Grant funding under this assessment grant solicitation.
Entities applying for a Cleanup Grant need to own the brownfield site where cleanup will be conducted and a 20% cost share is required (see guidelines for cost share requirements and how to request a waiver if needed). Brownfield sites where EPA Cleanup Grant funds were previously expended may not receive additional EPA Cleanup Grant funding under this Cleanup Grant solicitation.
Multipurpose Grants are to be used for both assessment and cleanup activities, and to develop an overall plan for revitalization of the target area if a plan does not already exist. Entities applying for a Multipurpose Grant need to own the brownfield site where cleanup will be conducted and a $40,000 cost share is required (see guidelines for cost share requirements and how to request a waiver if needed). Additionally, entities applying for a Multipurpose Grant may not also apply for an Assessment Grant or a Cleanup Grant. Entities that were awarded an FY19 Multipurpose Grant may not apply for a Multipurpose Grant, Cleanup Grant or an Assessment Grant under this FY21 solicitation.
If you are a community applying in region 8 and have eligibility questions , contact the Region 8 Brownfields Team / Melisa Devincenzi is the main Region 8 contact for these solicitations and can be contacted at Devincenzi.email@example.com and 303-312-6377.