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Brownfields Newsroom - FY 2014

  • Awarding $4 Million in Grant Funding for Brownfields Research and Technical Assistance to Support Community Revitalization
    We are awarding approximately $4 million in grants to four organizations for Brownfields research and technical assistance projects with national scope and impact. Each grant recipient will receive approximately $200,000 in annual funding for up to five years. A critical part of the EPA's Brownfields program is to further environmental justice by ensuring that residents living in communities historically affected by economic disinvestment, health disparities, and environmental contamination have an opportunity to benefit from revitalization and environmental cleanup in these areas. In an effort to advance these benefits, the Brownfields program supports research and technical assistance to communities to facilitate the assessment, cleanup, and reuse of Brownfields. The EPA has funded a variety of projects that provide practical information, tools, and technical assistance to support Brownfields revitalization and meaningful community engagement nationwide.

    Click here to learn more about Brownfields Training, Research and Technical Assistance Grants and this year’s recipients.

  • Announcing $67 Million in FY14 Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup (ARC) Grants
    We are pleased to announce that 171 communities will receive 264 Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup (ARC) grants totaling $67 million in EPA Brownfields funding. These funds will give communities and businesses a chance to return economic stability to under-served and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods through the assessment and clean-up of abandoned industrial and commercial properties.

  • Announcing $3.6 Million in FY14 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Grants to Provide Unemployed Residents with Training for Job Opportunities
    EPA has selected 18 grantees for the award of approximately $3.6 million through the EWDJT program. The grants fund training programs in local nonprofit organizations, community colleges, cities, states, tribes, and counties that provide unemployed and under-employed individuals with the comprehensive skills and certifications needed to enter full-time careers in the environmental field. The funding also supports job placement and recruitment activities. While each grantee will develop their own training curriculum, graduates of the program will be able to participate in activities such as: land remediation, recycling, wastewater treatment, underground storage tank removal, and emergency response related work in their respective communities.

  • ANNOUNCING FY14 Brownfields Training, Research, and Technical Assistance Grant Application Guidelines - New Request for Proposals
    EPA is announcing the availability of funding to eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations, to conduct research, or provide technical assistance to communities facing Brownfields cleanup and revitalization challenges. Proposals are due April 18, 2014. Focus areas of this announcement include:
    1. technical assistance to environmental workforce development and job training grantees
    2. technical assistance on the integration of environmental justice and equitable development for Brownfields-impacted communities
    3. research on the benefits of Brownfields redevelopment
    4. technical assistance on Brownfields financing and economic development strategies to Brownfields-impacted communities
  • FY14 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Application Guidelines - Request for Proposals
    EPA is announcing the availability of funding to nonprofit organizations and eligible entities to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs focused on hazardous and solid waste management, assessment, and cleanup associated activities, chemical safety, and wastewater management. These Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grants are provided to recruit, train, and place, unemployed and under-employed, including low-income and minority, residents historically affected by hazardous and solid waste sites and facilities with the skills needed to secure full-time, sustainable employment in the environmental field and in the assessment and cleanup work taking place in their communities. Proposals are due February 13, 2014.
  • Grant Funding Guidance for State and Tribal Response Programs
    Section 128(a) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), as amended, authorizes a noncompetitive $50 million grant program to establish and enhance state and tribal response programs. Generally, these response programs address the assessment, cleanup, and redevelopment of Brownfields sites and other sites with actual or perceived contamination. This document provides guidance that will enable states and tribes to apply for and use Fiscal Year 2014 section 128(a) funds. The application deadline is January 31, 2014.
  • ANNOUNCING New Request for Proposals- FY 2014 Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup Grant Guidelines
    These Brownfields grants may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum). Opportunities for funding are as follows: Brownfields Assessment Grants (each funded up to $200,000 over three years; coalitions are funded up to $600,000 over three years), Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grants (each funded up to $1,000,000 over five years) and Brownfields Cleanup Grants (each funded up to $200,000 over three years). Please note that applicants who received an Assessment grant from EPA in Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) are not eligible to apply under this competition. If the applicant was a member of a coalition that was awarded a grant in FY13, that applicant is not eligible to apply under this assessment competition. The proposal submission deadline is January 22, 2014.