EPA provides several types of free technical assistance to support local efforts to address brownfield sites:
- Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB) Program – EPA funds regionally based expert organizations to support communities in each of its 10 EPA regions and nationwide.
- Nationwide Brownfields Technical Assistance Providers – EPA funds nationwide providers to assist communities with brownfields issues.
- Targeted Brownfields Assessment – EPA contractors assist communities with site assessments and planning.
- Land Revitalization Technical Assistance - EPA contractors assist communities with brownfields reuse planning activities.
- CERCLA Section 128(a) Technical Assistance Grants ("TAG") - EPA funds TAG to Section 128(a) cooperative agreement recipients. The funding must benefit small communities, Indian Tribes, rural areas or disadvantaged areas.
Also see these additional resources available to assist organizations with their brownfields projects.
Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities
The Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (pdf) (995.2 KB) Program provides technical assistance to communities, states, Tribal Nations and other public entities to help address their brownfield sites and to increase their understanding and involvement in brownfields cleanup, revitalization and reuse. The program supplements other efforts under the Brownfields Program.
TAB is available at no cost to communities. EPA funds regionally based expert organizations to support communities in each of its 10 regions. TAB grant recipients, also known as TAB providers, serve as an independent resource and can provide expert technical assistance and guidance to help communities, among other things, understand how to:
- Prepare brownfields grant applications.
- Perform site inventories.
- Review historical information.
- Design site investigations, sampling and field analysis.
- Plan cleanup and redevelopment.
How to Access
Any community with a brownfields concern can reach out to their regional TAB provider for assistance. For general inquiries, contact a brownfields representative in your EPA regional office.
EPA Region 1
University of Connecticut
EPA Region 2
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
EPA Region 3
West Virginia University Research Corporation
EPA Region 4
International City/County Management Association
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
EPA Regions 5, 6, 7 and 8
Kansas State University
EPA Regions 9 and 10
Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR)
Nationwide Brownfields Technical Assistance Providers
EPA funds a variety of nationwide expert organizations to assist communities with brownfields issues. Technical assistance is available at no cost to communities. Providers include:
- Technical Assistance to Tribes – Kansas State University provides technical assistance to Tribes across the country. Explore more about Technical Assistance to Tribes.
- Brownfields Job Training Technical Assistance (through September 2024) - Kansas State University provides technical assistance to Brownfields Job Training recipients and entities seeking to establish a Brownfields Job Training Program.
- Groundwork USA is developing materials and supporting community brownfield efforts through two grants:
- Nonprofits Seeking to Reuse Brownfields (through September 2028) – Reach out to Groundwork USA if your nonprofit is seeking assistance with brownfield revitalization projects in your community.
- Integrating Equitable Development Approaches into Brownfields Reuse (through May 2024) – Reach out to Groundwork USA if you or your community are seeking assistance with promoting environmental justice and equitable development in brownfields projects.
- Brownfields Land Banking Strategies (through 2027) – The Center for Community Progress (CCP) is developing materials to support communities who are interested in using land banking strategies to address brownfield sites. Reach out to CCP if you need assistance connecting with land banks, understanding the use of land banks in brownfields projects, or if you are a land bank leader interested in supporting brownfield remediation. Visit CCP's website here and sign up to receive their newsletter here.
- National Brownfields Training Conference (through 2030) – ICMA hosts the National Brownfields Training Conference. The National Brownfields Training Conference brings together stakeholders from government, industry, and communities to share knowledge and best practices on the remediation and redevelopment of brownfields. The conference features a range of sessions, workshops, and networking events that cover topics such as financing, liability, environmental justice, and community engagement, with the goal of promoting the sustainable cleanup and revitalization of contaminated sites across the United States. Explore more.
- Brownfields Revitalization Anti-Displacement Strategies Program (through 2027) - UMass Dartmouth, in collaboration with the University of Louisville and Florida State University, provides guidance and training in developing and applying equity-centered and economically inclusive anti-displacement strategies. Brownfield communities looking for assistance to address displacement and gentrification as part of their redevelopment can learn more here.
How to Access
Communities may reach out directly to the organizations above for free brownfields technical assistance.
- This EPA webinar highlights the range of assistance available to brownfields communities at no cost.
- For more information, contact a brownfields representative in your EPA regional office.
Targeted Brownfields Assessment
EPA’s Targeted Brownfields Assessment (TBA) program helps communities understand potential contamination at a brownfield site and plan for cleanup and redevelopment. The program supplements other efforts under the Brownfields Program and provides assistance at no cost to communities. An EPA contractor delivers TBA assistance on behalf of an eligible entity. Services include the following:
- Site assessments
- Cleanup options and cost estimates
- Community outreach on future uses and redevelopment plans
Specific activities may include the following:
- An American Society for Testing and Materials Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, which includes a background and historical investigation and site inspection
- A full site assessment, including sampling activities to identify types and concentrations of contaminants and the areas of contamination that must be cleaned up
- Determining how much more investigation is needed and/or establishing cleanup options and cost estimates based on future uses and redevelopment plans
EPA offers TBA to public entities (e.g., municipalities, regional planning commissions) and nonprofit organizations that already have redevelopment plans for a contaminated property. They can apply on behalf of a specific site they currently own or can become owners through other means (e.g., tax foreclosure).
Sites not owned by applicants may be eligible if they are abandoned: the site owner has shown no interest in the property, has not paid taxes on the property and does not have the resources for the required site assessment.
Private parties are not eligible for assistance in assessing and cleaning up sites for redevelopment.
How to Access
TBA is available directly through EPA regional offices or from State and Tribal Voluntary Response Program offices receiving funding. Sites are selected on a rolling basis.
Contact a brownfields representative in your EPA regional office to learn more.
Land Revitalization Technical Assistance
EPA's Land Revitalization Technical Assistance (LR TA) can help a community determine which types of brownfield site reuses are feasible, given local conditions (e.g., economic, infrastructure, social, climate and environmental site conditions), infrastructure availability, community site design preferences, and funding or financing resources. Understanding the community's goals for site reuse is an important part of making local decisions around how to assess, remediate and safely reuse the brownfield.
LR TA can help a community navigate many of the site reuse challenges posed by brownfield sites. While land revitalization looks different in every community, many brownfields reuse planning activities can be supported through LR TA, including:
- Information gathering on brownfield site and local conditions
- Conceptual design
- Understanding implementation resources
How to Access
As resources allow, EPA's Regional Brownfields and Land Revitalization Programs can connect communities with LR TA support. Individuals and private, for-profit organizations are not eligible to receive LR TA.
Contact a brownfields or land revitalization representative in your EPA regional office to learn more.
CERCLA Section 128(a) Technical Assistance Grants ("TAG")
Section 128(a) TAG is provided to Section 128(a) cooperative agreement recipients so that they may provide technical assistance to small communities, Indian Tribes, rural areas or disadvantaged areas. By law, the maximum amount per Section 128(a) TAG is $20,000.
Uses for these funds include providing training, research, and technical assistance to facilitate the inventory of brownfield sites, site assessments, remediation of brownfield sites, community involvement or site preparation. See the Section 128(a) TAG Fact Sheet for more information.
Eligible entities for Section 128(a) TAG funding include:
- A State, as defined in CERCLA § 101(27)
- An Indian tribe, as defined in the Federal Register Notice at 67 FR 67181, Nov. 4, 2002
The request must be on behalf of a(n):
- Small community
- Indian tribe
- Rural area
- Disadvantaged area
Multiple eligible communities may be assisted in one grant.
How to Access
Section 128(a) TAG is awarded as part of the annual CERCLA 128(a) State and Tribal Response program funding cycle. Appendix A of the annual grant funding guidance provides the specific instructions for requesting 128(a) TAG funds in a given fiscal year. Copies of the guidance can be obtained from EPA's State and Tribal Response Program Grants webpage. Requests must include the information listed in Appendix A of the guidance and be submitted to the appropriate Regional EPA Brownfields office by the stated deadline.
Brownfields Road Map to Understanding Options for Site Investigation and Cleanup
This general outline (7.6 MB) explains how to assess and clean up a brownfields site, including:
- Setting reuse goals and planning.
- Understanding regulations and liability concerns.
- Engaging the community.
- Identifying funding sources.
Brownfields Grant Recipients’ Road Map to Understanding Quality Assurance Project Plans
Hazardous Waste Cleanup Information
This resource provides information about hazardous waste remediation.
EPA-Recommended Mapping Tools
EPA has developed and identified a range of mapping and spatial tools that may be helpful to communities as they pursue land revitalization goals.