Environmental Protection Agency: Brownfield Cleanup GrantsDeadline: December 3, 2019
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to publish guidance for grants to assess and clean up brownfield sites. EPA’s Brownfields Program provides funds to empower states, communities, tribes, and nonprofit organizations to prevent, inventory, assess, clean up, and reuse brownfield sites.
A brownfield site is defined as real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of hazardous substances, pollutants, contaminants, controlled substances, petroleum or petroleum products, or is mine-scarred land. A critical part of EPA’s Brownfields Program is to ensure that residents living in communities historically affected by economic disinvestment, health disparities, and environmental contamination have an opportunity to reap the benefits from brownfields redevelopment. EPA’s Brownfields Program has a rich history rooted in environmental justice and is committed to helping communities revitalize brownfield properties, mitigate potential health risks, and restore economic vitality.
Cleanup Grants provide funding to carry out cleanup activities on brownfield sites owned by the applicant. An applicant may request funding to address hazardous substances and/or petroleum contamination at one or more brownfield sites. If the site is co-mingled with both hazardous substances and petroleum contamination and the hazardous substances and petroleum-contaminated areas of the site are distinguishable, the application must address both eligibility criteria and indicate the dollar amount of funding requested for each type of contamination. If the hazardous substances and petroleum are co-mingled and not easily distinguishable, the applicant must indicate which contaminant is predominant and respond to the appropriate site eligibility criteria.
Amount: Approximately $9,000,000 is available to award up to 18 grants ranging up to $500,000 each.
Eligibility: General purpose units of local government; land clearance authorities or another quasi-governmental entity that operates under the supervision and control of, or as an agent of, a general purpose unit of local government; government entities created by State Legislature; regional councils or groups of general purpose units of local government; redevelopment agencies that are chartered or otherwise sanctioned by a state; states; Indian tribes other than in Alaska; Alaska Native Regional Corporations, Alaska Native Village Corporations, and Metlakatla Indian Communities; nonprofit organizations described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; limited liability corporations in which all managing members are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or limited liability corporations whose sole members are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations; limited liability partnerships in which all general partners are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or limited liability corporations whose sole members are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations; qualified community development entities as defined in the Internal Revenue Code; and other nonprofit organizations.