Brownfields Cleanup Grants
Cleanup Grants provide funding for eligible entities to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites. An applicant must own the site for which it is requesting funding. The performance period for these grants is three years.
- An applicant may request up to $500,000 to address one brownfield site, or multiple brownfield sites, contaminated by hazardous substances, pollutants, contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum), and/or petroleum.
- Applicants that plan to only address one brownfield site in their application may request a waiver of the $500,000 limit and request up to $650,000 based on the anticipated level of contamination, size, and other considerations that will be outlined in the Cleanup Grant guidelines. EPA will consider requests on a case-by-case basis and intends to approve such requests on an extremely limited basis.
- Applicants may submit one Cleanup Grant application each competition cycle.
Statutory Cleanup Cost Share Requirement
- 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 (the match must equal 20 percent of the amount of funding provided by EPA).
- Tribes, nonprofit organizations, and government entities (with populations of 50,000 and fewer) may request EPA to waive the 20 percent cost share requirement based on hardship. EPA will consider hardship waiver requests on a case-by-case basis and will approve requests on a limited basis.
Note: Brownfield sites where Brownfields Cleanup Grant funds were previously expended may not receive additional Cleanup Grant funding.
Grant Application Resources
- List of Entities Eligible to Apply for Cleanup Grants
- NEW: FY 2022 Cleanup Grant Application Resources
- Grant Application Resources from Prior Years
- Interested in applying for funding? (Cleanup Grant Fact Sheet)
Cleanup Grant Recipient Resources
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Programmatic Requirements
- Information on Sites Eligible for Brownfields Funding under CERCLA§ 104(k)
- Information on Defenses to CERCLA Liability
- Brownfields Grant Reporting/Assessment, Cleanup and Redevelopment Exchange System (ACRES)