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Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Program

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Brownfields Area-Wide Planning is an EPA grant program which provides funding to recipients to conduct research, technical assistance and training that will result in an area-wide plan and implementation strategy for key brownfield sites, which will help inform the assessment, cleanup and reuse of brownfields properties and promote area-wide revitalization. Funding is directed to specific areas, such as a neighborhood, downtown district, local commercial corridor, or city block, affected by a single large or multiple brownfield sites.

Brownfields Area-Wide Planning (BF AWP) Program Fact Sheet

Brownfields Area-Wide Planning (BF AWP) and Climate Adaptation Checklist (2 pp, 50KB)

New Brownfields Area Wide Planning (BF AWP) Grantees Selected
EPA is awarding approximately $4 million in grants to 20 communities across the country to assist with planning for cleanup and reuse of Brownfields sites as part of the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning (AWP) program. EPA will award up to $200,000 per recipient so they can engage the community and conduct Brownfields planning activities to consider brownfields site reuses in conjunction with community assets. The projects were selected using criteria which, among other things, demonstrates the applicant's ability to advance livability principles, support local and regional planning efforts, and engage community members throughout the project.

Getting Started - Preparing Your Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant Proposal
Some applicants find it difficult to prepare their grant proposals within 60 days, the typical amount of time the Request for Proposals (RFP) allows until the proposals are due. However, there are several activities that applicants can perform in advance of the RFP being made publically available. Potential applicants for our Brownfields Area-Wide Planning grants can get a head start with proposal preparation by familiarizing themselves with the document below, discussing possible projects with local partners and stakeholders, pulling together important information, and working with their local Brownfields contacts to resolve any questions about brownfields site eligibility. We hope this information will help applicants prepare a thorough, well-organized, and timely proposal.

Ideas and Lessons Learned from the BF AWP Pilot Communities
We are pleased to share the following compilation of ideas and key lessons learned on brownfields area-wide planning (BF AWP), based on the experiences 23 pilot communities. Included in this report are ideas, advice and examples on project approaches that the pilot communities found particularly useful, constructive and effective for helping AWP grantees successfully manage their process and develop a plan implementation strategy. We thank the BF AWP pilot communities for sharing their experiences, ideas, lessons learned and project pictures.

Brownfields Area-Wide Planning projects are part of the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities (http://www.sustainablecommunities.gov/index.html).

This Partnership is focused on helping communities nationwide improve access to affordable housing, more transportation options, and lower transportation costs while protecting the environment. Through a set of guiding livability principles and a partnership agreement that will guide the agencies' efforts, this partnership will coordinate federal housing, transportation, and other infrastructure investments to protect the environment, promote equitable development, and help to address the challenges of climate change.

Partnership information on Key Resources, including Economic Development and Brownfields Redevelopment: http://www.sustainablecommunities.gov/toolsKeyResources.html. Exit EPA disclaimer

23 Communities selected for FY10 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program
EPA is providing assistance to 23 communities to facilitate community involvement in developing an area-wide plan for brownfields assessment, cleanup and subsequent reuse. The pilot program recipients each received up to approximately $175,000 in grant funding and/or direct technical assistance from the Agency. Please click here for the list of pilot project award recipients (1 pg, 75K) by state.

EPA is piloting this area-wide planning approach to community brownfield challenges, which recognizes that revitalization of the area surrounding the brownfield site(s) is critical to the successful reuse of the property as assessment, cleanup, and redevelopment of an individual site. The area-wide planning approach will enhance EPA's core brownfields assistance programs by encouraging continued meaningful involvement in a locally-driven planning process that will result in a strategy for making brownfields site assessment, cleanup and/or redevelopment decisions for the future. The pilot program will help further community-based partnership efforts within underserved or economically disadvantaged neighborhoods by confronting local environmental and public health challenges related to brownfields, while creating a planning framework to advance economic development and job creation.

Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Federal Coordination Webinars (http://www.clu-in.org/live/archive/) Exit EPA disclaimer These webinars highlight programs from Federal agencies that can help communities implement their community revitalization and redevelopment projects. The sessions were designed to enable brownfields communities to become more familiar with how Federal agencies operate locally and how their resources may be accessed/used.

Link to CLU-IN webinar archives: http://www.clu-in.org/live/archive/. Exit EPA disclaimer The 5 webinars that are archived are:

FY10 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Project Fact Sheets and Project Websites


FY2013 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant Guidelines – Request for Proposals
These grants may be used by communities to facilitate community involvement in developing an area-wide plan for brownfields assessment, cleanup and subsequent reuse on a catalyst site and other high-priority brownfield sites. Each grant is funded up to $200,000 for two years. The proposal submission deadline is November 30, 2012.

2010 Request for Proposals (RFP) and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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