Apply for Brownfields Grant Funding

Current Announcements

Status Update: EPA anticipates announcing the newly selected communities for our Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup Grants by the beginning of June 2016.

  • New! ANNOUNCING New Request for Proposals- FY 2017 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning (BF AWP) Grant Guidelines
    EPA is announcing the availability of funding to eligible entities who wish to develop an area-wide plan for brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. This funding is for research and/or technical assistance activities directed to one or more brownfields site(s) located in a specific area (such as a neighborhood, downtown or business district, local commercial corridor, community waterfront or city blocks). Each project funded under this grant must result in an area-wide plan which includes specific plan implementation strategies for assessing, cleaning up, and reusing the brownfields site(s) as well as related brownfields and project area revitalization strategies. EPA anticipates awarding approximately 20 projects in total, funded at up to $200,000 each. The proposal submission deadline is August 10, 2016.

    Please note that applicants who received a BF AWP grant from EPA in Fiscal Year 2010, 2013 or 2015 (FY10 or FY13 or FY 15) are generally not eligible to apply under this competition. EPA is making an exception for POWER+ (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) applicants. The POWER+ Initiative is an Administration priority that started in FY16 and continues through FY17. A POWER+ applicant must propose one or more eligible catalyst, high priority brownfields site(s) within the same Brownfields project area as a coal-fired power plant that has recently closed (2008 or later) or is scheduled to close.

  • New! FY 2016 Funds to Supplement Eligible Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Grants 
    EPA is announcing the availability of an estimated $8 million in FY 2016 funds to supplement eligible Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) grants. Grants eligible to request supplemental funds are Brownfields RLF grants that have been previously awarded competitively under Section 104(k)(3) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) or that have transitioned to Section 104(k)(3) of CERCLA, and subject to other identified criteria (see links below). Requests for funding must be postmarked by April 25, 2016. Specific information on eligibility and criteria for submitting a request can be obtained by contacting your EPA Brownfields Coordinator listed in the Federal Register Notice (see link below). 

Tools for Preparing Your Grant Proposal Early

New! Webinars to Assist in Preparing ARC Proposals
To assist applicants with their proposals, EPA recently held two webinars.

The EPA Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup National Guideline webinar and information (presented on November 10, 2015): The Kansas State University Technical Assistance to Brownfields Program (KSU TAB) webinar (presented on November 5, 2015):

Getting Started Preparing Your ARC Proposal Early
We receive numerous inquiries regarding preparation of proposals for the Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup (ARC) grant competitions every year. Some applicants find it difficult to prepare their proposals in only 60 days, the typical amount of time the Request for Proposals (RFP) allows from publication until the proposals are due. However, there are still many activities that applicants can perform in advance of the RFP (commonly referred to as the ARC Guidelines) being made publically available. We have outlined many of these activities in the attached document. We hope that using this list to get started preparing your ARC proposal early will facilitate your efforts in the preparation of a thorough, thoughtful, timely, and most importantly, successful proposal. 

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.