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Brownfields

Entities Eligible to Receive Brownfield Grants

The following information lists which entities are eligible to apply for and receive a Brownfields Grant.

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Entities Eligible to Receive Multipurpose Grants, Assessment Grants, Revolving Loan Fund Grants, Cleanup and Environmental Workforce and Job Training Grants, and Technical Assistance, Training, and Research Grants

  • General Purpose Unit of Local Government. [For purposes of the EPA Brownfields Grant Program, a “local government” is defined as stated under 2 CFR § 200.64.: Local government means a county, municipality, city, town, township, local public authority (including any public and Indian housing agency under the United States Housing Act of 1937), school district, special district, intrastate district, council of governments (whether or not incorporated as a nonprofit corporation under state law), any other regional or interstate government entity, or any agency or instrumentality of a local government.]
  • Land Clearance Authority or another quasi-governmental entity that operates under the supervision and control of, or as an agent of, a general purpose unit of local government.
  • Government Entity Created by State Legislature.
  • Regional Council or group of General Purpose Units of Local Government.
  • Redevelopment Agency that is chartered or otherwise sanctioned by a state.
  • State.
  • Indian tribe other than in Alaska. (The exclusion of Alaskan Tribes from Brownfields Grant eligibility is statutory at CERCLA § 104(k)(1)). Intertribal Consortia, comprised of eligible Indian tribes, are eligible for funding in accordance with EPA’s policy for funding intertribal consortia published in the Federal Register on November 4, 2002, at 67 Fed. Reg. 67181.
  • Alaska Native Regional Corporation, Alaska Native Village Corporation, and Metlakatla Indian Community. (Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Alaska Native Village Corporations are defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1601 and following. For more information, please refer to Frequently Asked Questions.)
  • Nonprofit organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Limited liability corporation in which all managing members are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or limited liability corporations whose sole members are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.
  • Limited liability partnership in which all general partners are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or limited liability corporations whose sole members are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.
  • Qualified community development entity as defined in section 45D(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
  • Other nonprofit organizations. (For the purposes of the Brownfields Grant Program, the term “nonprofit organization” means any corporation, trust, association, cooperative, or other organization that is operated mainly for scientific, educational, service, charitable, or similar purpose in the public interest and is not organized primarily for profit; and uses net proceeds to maintain, improve, or expand the operation of the organization. The term includes nonprofit colleges, universities, and other educational institutions.) – only applies to Cleanup Grants, Environmental Workforce and Job Training Grants, and Technical Assistance, Training, and Research Grants.

Additional entities eligible to apply for Environmental Workforce and Job Training Grants: Workforce Investment Boards and organized Labor Unions that meet the criteria may be eligible nonprofit organizations. Public and nonprofit private educational institutions are eligible to apply. However, nonprofit organizations described in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying activities as defined in Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 are not eligible to apply. For-profit or proprietary training organizations or trade schools are not eligible to apply.

Entities Eligible to Receive State and Tribal Response Grants

  • State, as defined in CERCLA § 101(27).
  • Indian tribe, as defined in CERCLA § 101(36).
  • Intertribal consortia, as defined in the Federal Register Notice at 67 FR 67181, Nov. 4, 2002.

Entities Not Eligible to Receive Brownfield Grants

  • For-profit organizations and individual entities are not eligible to receive Brownfield Grants.
  • Nonprofit organizations subject to section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that lobby are not eligible to receive grants from the Brownfields Program.