Environmental Protection Agency: Brownfields Assessment Grants
Brownfields Assessment grants provide funding for developing inventories of brownfields, prioritizing sites, conducting community involvement activities, conducting planning, conducting site assessments, and developing cleanup plans and reuse plans related to 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.” Applicants may apply for a Community-wide and/or a Site-specific Assessment Grant, or apply as part of an Assessment Coalition.
- Community-wide assessment grants: Community-wide proposals are appropriate when a specific site is not identified and the applicant plans to spend grant funds on more than one brownfield site in its community
- Site-specific assessment grants: Site-specific proposals are appropriate when a specific site has been identified and the applicant plans to spend funds on only one site
- Assessment coalition grants: Assessment coalition grants are for three or more eligible entities who will perform assessment grant activities on at least five brownfield sites within their communities
Amount: A total of $37,000,000 is available to award approximately 114 grants in the form of cooperative agreements. The project period is three years. Award ranges are dependent upon grant type:
- Site specific assessment: Grants range up to $200,000 for hazardous substances and/or petroleum; applicants may request a waiver for up to $350,000
- Community-wide assessment: Grants range up to $300,000 for hazardous substances and/or petroleum; cost assessment activities on an individual site may not exceed $200,000 per grant
- Coalition assessment: Grants range up to $600,000 for hazardous substances and/or petroleum
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations; general purpose units of local government; Land Clearance Authorities or other quasi-governmental entities that operate 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; Alaska Native Regional Corporation, Alaska Native village corporations, and Metlakatla Indian communities; limited liability corporations in which all managing/general members are nonprofit organizations or limited liability corporations whose sole members are nonprofit organizations; and qualified community development entities.
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