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Brownfield sites are real property, the expansion, development, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.
Many properties across the country that were once used for industrial and commercial purposes are abandoned and some are contaminated. Fear of contamination and the associated liability has hampered development of these sites and made developing in pristine areas, called “greenfields,” more attractive. Left behind are blighted areas with abandoned facilities that cause both an economic and environmental drain on their communities. These properties are brownfields. In addition to former industrial sites, other examples of brownfields properties include abandoned gas stations, dumps, abandoned coal mines and illegal residential drug labs.
How to submit a grant proposal
EPA solicits proposals for brownfields assessment, cleanup and revolving loan fund grants annually, generally in the fall. Please refer to the Proposal Guidelines for how to apply. EPA Region 3 has prepared additional materials to assist you in applying for a Brownfields grant.
- ABCA Example for Cleanup Grant Proposals (PDF) (4 pp, 126K)
- How to Apply for EPA's FY13 Brownfields Grants - Background and Threshold Criteria (PDF) (83pp, 2.15MB)
- FY13 BF Cleanup Grant Proposal Guidelines Workshop - Ranking Criteria (PDF) (101 pp, 1.84MB)
- FY13 Cleanup Grants Proposal Guidelines Checklist - Ranking Criteria (PDF) (9 pp, 142K)
- FY13 BF Assessment Grant Proposal Guidelines Workshop - Ranking Criteria (PDF) (88 pp, 2.28MB)
- FY13 BF Revolving Loan Fund Grant Proposal Guidelines Workshop - Ranking Criteria (PDF) (96 pp, 2.72MB)
- EPA Region 3 State Contacts for EPA’s Brownfields Grant Proposals
- TAB EZ is an independent grant writing tool sponsored by the Kansas State University to be used for preparation of EPA brownfields grant proposals. Currently, TAB EZ only addresses assessment and cleanup grants; RLF grant proposal outlines may be added at a later date. While EPA is not endorsing this tool, we want to make sure that communities know about its availability.
You’ve been selected for a grant! Next steps…
- Once you’ve been selected for a grant, a formal application package must be submitted. The required application forms can be found at Application Forms for New Grant Awards.
- After the application package has been reviewed and found eligible, reporting requirements must be adhered to through the life of the grant. Please see Grantee Reporting Requirements: Forms and Templates.
Who has EPA Brownfield Grants in Region 3?
- Map of EPA Region 3 Brownfields Grants to Communities (as of March 2011) (PDF) (1 p, 237K, About PDF)
- Brownfields Job Training and Development Demonstration Pilots/Grants