Environmental Protection Agency: Brownfields Assessment Grants
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.
Assessment Grants provide funding for developing inventories of brownfield sites, prioritizing sites, conducting community involvement activities, conducting planning, conducting site assessments, developing site-specific cleanup plans, and developing reuse plans related to brownfield sites. Assessment Grant funds may not be used to conduct cleanup activities. 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 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 are appropriate when a specific site is identified and the applicant plans to spend grant funds on this one site only
- 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: Approximately $31,000,000 is available to make up to 100 awards. Award ranges are dependent upon application type, as follows:
- Community-wide Assessment Grants: Up to $300,000
- Site-specific Assessment Grants: Up to $200,000
- Assessment Coalition Grants: Up to $600,000
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; and qualified community development entities as defined in the Internal Revenue Code.
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