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Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup Grant Program

Detailed information about this program is below:

Category Information About This Specific Program
Title Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup Grant Program, Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number 66.818
Purpose Brownfield sites are sites where reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant. The goals of the brownfield assessment, revolving loan fund (RLF) and cleanup grants are to provide funding:
  • to inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct planning and community involvement related to brownfield sites;
  • to capitalize an RLF and provide subgrants to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites; and
  • to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites owned by the grant recipient.
Type of Assistance Grant, Cooperative Agreement, Loan
Eligible Applicants

Consortia or Intertribal Consortia, Indian Tribal Governments, Educational Institutions, Local Governments, Nonprofit Groups (excluding entities with lobbying activities), State/Territorial Agencies, Tribal Agencies, Universities. Please note that nonprofit groups are only eligible for the Brownfields Cleanup Grant. Nonprofit groups are not eligible for the Assessment or RFL grants.

Eligible Activities

A site must meet the definition of a brownfields site found at the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) 101(39). Activities include inventorying, characterizing, assessing, and conducting planning and community involvement related to brownfield sites. Additional support activities include program management and purchase of environmental insurance. A local government may use up to 10 percent of funds to monitor the status of controls used to protect human health and the health of people exposed to hazardous substances related to the site. Brownfields cleanup grant funds must be used to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites owned by the grant recipient.

RLF project grant recipients must use at least 60 percent of the awarded funds to capitalize and implement an RLF and may use its funds to award subgrants to other eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations, for brownfields cleanups on sites owned by the subgrantee.

Excluded Activities/Other Restrictions Costs incurred under CERCLA 104(k) grants or cooperative agreements may not be used for a penalty or fine, a federal cost-share requirement, a response cost for which the recipient of the grant or cooperative agreement is potentially liable under CERCLA 107, or the cost of complying with a federal law, with the exception of the costs of laws applicable to cleanup of brownfield sites. Administrative costs, including all indirect costs and direct costs for grant administration in excess of five (5) percent of the total amount of EPA grant funding, with the exception of financial and performance reporting costs (which are considered allowable programmatic cost and not subject to the 5% limitation).
Pre-Funding Requirements (if applicable) Not applicable
Typical Award Amount (if applicable) Up to $300,000 (up to $350,000 for a site contaminated by hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants, and/or petroleum). A coalition of three or more eligible applicants can submit one grant proposal under the name of one of the coalition members for up to $600,000.
Total Awarded Fiscal Year 2017 (if applicable) $56,800,000
Match Requirement (if applicable) Matching requirements are not applicable for brownfield assessment grants. Under CERCLA 104(k)(9)(B)(iii), RLF and cleanup grants require a 20 percent cost share, which may be in the form of a contribution of money, labor, material or services, and must be for eligible and allowable costs. An RLF or cleanup grant applicant may request a waiver of the 20 percent cost-share requirement based on financial hardship.
Solicitation Process/Timeline Proposal deadline is usually in the fall/by the end of the calendar year.
Proposal Elements/Scoring Criteria

Proposal review information and criteria are included in the annual guidance. General criteria include:

  • The extent to which a grant will stimulate the availability of other funds for environmental assessment or remediation, and subsequent reuse, of an area in which one or more brownfield sites are located.
  • The potential of the proposed project or the development plan for an area in which one or more brownfield sites are located to stimulate economic development of the area upon completion of the cleanup.
  • The extent to which a grant would address or facilitate the identification and reduction of threats to human health and the environment, including threats in areas in which there is a greater-than-normal incidence of diseases or conditions (including cancer, asthma or birth defects) that may be associated with exposure to hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants.
  • The extent to which a grant would facilitate the use or reuse of existing infrastructure.
  • The extent to which a grant would facilitate the creation of, preservation of, or addition to a park, a greenway, undeveloped property, recreational property or other property used for nonprofit purposes.
  • The extent to which a grant would meet the needs of a community that has an inability to draw on other sources of funding for environmental remediation and subsequent redevelopment of the area in which a brownfield site is located because of the small population or low income of the community.
  • The extent to which the applicant is eligible for funding from other sources.
  • The extent to which a grant will further the fair distribution of funding between urban and nonurban areas.
  • The extent to which the grant provides for involvement of the local community in the process of making decisions relating to cleanup and future use of a brownfield site.
  • The extent to which a grant would address or facilitate the identification and reduction of threats to the health or welfare of children, pregnant women, minority or low-income communities, or other sensitive populations. In addition, applicants will be required to demonstrate that site specific activities are carried out at sites that meet the definition of a brownfields site at CERCLA 101(39).
Contact Information (primary contact and website or other source) Jerry Minor-Gordon
Phone: (202) 566-1817
CFDA Number 66.818 web page
Website Information about Successful Tribal Applicants/Projects Types of Competitive Grant Funding web page
Headquarters Office U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20460