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Environmental Protection Agency: Brownfields Assessment Grants

Deadline: November 16, 2017

Brownfields Assessment grants provide funding for developing inventories of brownfields, prioritizing sites, conducting community involvement activities, 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.” The following types of assessment grants are supported:

  • 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 in its community. Applicants may request hazardous substances funding for sites with potential contamination of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants and petroleum funding for sites with potential petroleum contamination. Applicants may request up to $200,000 in either hazardous substances funding or in petroleum contamination funding at a specified site. Applicants applying for both hazardous substances funding and petroleum funding may request a combined total up to $300,000. An applicant that submits a combined community-wide assessment grant proposal or two separate community-wide assessment grant proposals may also apply for a site-specific assessment grant.
  • 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. Applicants may request up to $200,000 to address hazardous substance or petroleum contamination. Applicants can apply for only one site-specific assessment grant. 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 proposal must address both eligibility criteria and indicate the amount of funding requested for each type of contamination. If the petroleum and hazardous substances are co-mingled and not easily distinguishable, the applicant must indicate which contaminant is predominant. Applicants may request a waiver of the $200,000 limit and request up to $350,000 for a single site based on the anticipated level of contamination, size, or status of ownership of the site.
  • Assessment coalition grants: Assessment coalition grants are for three or more eligible entities who will perform assessment grant activities within their communities. Proposals may be submitted by one lead entity on behalf of a coalition to create a pool of grant funds. Coalition members may not have the same jurisdiction (e.g., different departments in the same county) unless they are separate legal entities (e.g., a city and a redevelopment agency). Assessment coalitions may submit only one proposal with requested grant funding of up to $600,000. Assessment coalition grant proposals must be community-wide proposals. Coalitions are required to assess a minimum of five sites.

Uses of grant funds: In addition to direct costs associated with the inventory, site prioritization, community involvement, assessment, and cleanup planning for brownfield sites:

  1. Grant funds may be used for direct costs associated with programmatic management of the grant, such as required performance reporting and environmental oversight.
  2. A local government may use up to 10 percent of its grant funds for any of the following activities:
    Health monitoring of populations exposed to hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants from a brownfield site.
  3. Monitoring and enforcement of any institutional control used to prevent human exposure to any hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant from a brownfield site.
  4. A portion of the brownfields grant may be used to purchase environmental insurance.

Amount: A total of $33,500,000 is available to award approximately 145 grants in the form of cooperative agreements. The project period is three years. Award ranges are dependent upon grant types:

  • Site specific assessment: Grants range up to $300,000
  • Community-wide assessment: Grants range up to $350,000
  • Coalition assessment: Grants range up to $600,000

Eligibility: The following entities are eligible to apply:

  • General purpose unit of local government; local government does not include state or tribal governments but may include, among others, public housing authorities, school districts, and councils of governments
  • Land Clearance Authority or other quasi-governmental entity that operates under the supervision and control of, or as an agent of, a general purpose unit of local government
  • Government entity created by state legislature
  • Regional council or group of general purpose units of local government
  • Redevelopment agency that is chartered or otherwise sanctioned by a state
  • State
  • Indian Tribe other than in Alaska
  • Alaska Native Regional Corporation, Alaska Native Village Corporation, and Metlakatla Indian Community

Link: https://www.epa.gov/grants/fy-2018-guidelines-brownfields-assessment-grants

Note: EPA Agency Contacts are available to assist with Brownfields project-related questions, including property-specific determination requests. The EPA Contact for Region 6, which includes New Mexico, is:

Paul Johnson (general contact)
Email: Johnson.Paul@epa.gov
Phone: 214.665.2246

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