Types of Brownfields Grant Funding

Types of Competitive Grant Funding

EPA's Brownfields program provides direct funding for Brownfields assessment, cleanup, revolving loans, and environmental job training. To facilitate the leveraging of public resources, EPA's Brownfields Program collaborates with other EPA programs, other federal partners, and state agencies to identify and make available resources that can be used for Brownfields activities. In addition to direct Brownfields funding, EPA also provides technical information on Brownfields financing matters.

  • Assessment Grants: Assessment grants provide funding for a grant recipient to inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct planning and community involvement related to brownfields sites.
  • Revolving Loan Fund Grants: The purpose of revolving loan fund grants is to enable states, political subdivisions, and Indian tribes to make low interest loans to carryout cleanup activities at brownfields properties.
  • Cleanup Grants: Cleanup grants provide funding for a grant recipient to carry out cleanup activities at brownfields sites.
  • Area-Wide Planning Grants (AWP): Grant funding to communities to research, plan and develop implementation strategies for an area affected by one or more brownfields. Developing an area-wide plan will inform the assessment, cleanup and reuse of brownfields properties and promote area-wide revitalization.
  • Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants (EWDJT)Environmental workforce development and job training grants are designed to provide funding to eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations, to recruit, train, and place predominantly low-income and minority, unemployed and under-employed residents of solid and hazardous waste-impacted communities 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.
  • Multi-Purpose Pilot Grants: EPA is piloting a new grant program that will provide a single grant to an eligible entity for both assessment and cleanup work at a specific brownfields site owned by the applicant.
  • Training, Research, and Technical Assistance Grants: Training, research, and technical assistance grants provide funding to eligible organizations to provide training, research, and technical assistance to facilitate brownfields revitalization.

Assessment Grants

Assessment grants provide funding for a grant recipient to inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct planning and community involvement related to brownfields sites. An eligible entity may apply for up to $200,000 to assess a site contaminated by hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum) and up to $200,000 to address a site contaminated by petroleum. Applicants may seek a waiver of the $200,000 limit and request up to $350,000 for a site contaminated by hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants and up to $350,000 to assess a site contaminated by petroleum. Such waivers must be based on the anticipated level of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum) at a single site. A coalition of three or more eligible applicants can submit one grant proposal under the name of one of the coalition members for up to $ 1,000,000. The performance period for these grants is three years.

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Fact Sheets

Guidelines and Resources

Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grants

Revolving loan fund (RLF) grants provide funding for a grant recipient to capitalize a revolving loan fund and to provide subgrants to carry out cleanup activities at brownfields sites. Through these grants, EPA seeks to strengthen the marketplace and encourage stakeholders to leverage the resources needed to clean up and redevelop brownfields. When loans are repaid, the loan amount is returned into the fund and re-lent to other borrowers, providing an ongoing source of capital within a community.

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Fact Sheets

Unlocking Brownfields Redevelopment: Establishing a Local Revolving Loan Fund Program RLF Webinar Series 
This Brownfields solutions series factsheet provides an overview to those interested in applying for an RLF grant, and information to new RLF grantees on how to establish an RLF program. 

RLF Webinar Series

  • Discounted Loans Policy
    With the signing of the Brownfields Law, new RLF grants, awarded under 104(k) from FY2003 forward, were left with no provision for the use of discounted loans. This policy meets this need, giving RLF grantees additional options to achieve cleanup goals, in keeping with prudent lending practices.
    Federal Register Notice (PDF) (2 pp, 145K)
    October 28, 2005

Cleanup Grants

Cleanup grants provide funding for a grant recipient to carry out cleanup activities at brownfields sites. An eligible entity may apply for up to $200,000 per site. Due to budget limitations, no entity can apply for funding cleanup activities at more than three sites. These funds may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum). 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 and cannot include administrative costs). A cleanup grant applicant may request a waiver of the 20 percent cost share requirement based on hardship. An applicant must own the site for which it is requesting funding at time of application. The performance period for these grants is three years.

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Fact Sheets

Fact Sheets for Brownfields Grant Awardees Guidelines and Resources

Guidelines and Resources

Our climate is changing and we need to adapt to make sure our cleanups are still protective of human health and the environment now and into the future. To ensure that cleanups remain effective as the climate changes, EPA has added a new term and condition in the cleanup and revolving loan fund grants requiring recipients to consider changing climate conditions when evaluating cleanup alternatives. EPA created a checklist to help cleanup and revolving loan fund recipients address changing climate concerns in an analysis of brownfields cleanup alternatives (ABA).

Climate Adaptation and Brownfields

Most Recent Grant Proposal Guidelines

All Appropriate Inquiry

Cleanup Success Stories

Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Program

Brownfields area-wide planning (BF AWP) is a grant program which provides funding to conduct activities that will enable the recipient to develop an area-wide plan (including plan implementation strategies) for assessing, cleaning up and reusing catalyst/high priority brownfields sites. Funding is directed to a specific project area, such as a neighborhood, downtown district, local commercial corridor, old industrial corridor, community waterfront or city block, affected by a single large or multiple brownfields sites.

EPA currently offers the BF AWP grant funding opportunity every other year, as funding is available. 

Stakeholder Feedback on the BF AWP grant program

EPA is interested in receiving stakeholder feedback on the BF AWP grant program!

  • If you wish to share comments on the program please email Aimee Storm, EPA's lead for the BF AWP grant program.
  • Review the archive of the stakeholder feedback webinar held on January 20, 2016. Webinar participants included current and past BF AWP grantees, technical assistance providers and other Brownfields stakeholders most familiar with the BF AWP grant program.

BF AWP Projects are part of the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities

The BF AWP Program is consistent with the principles under the partnership for sustainable communities (PSC) among the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and EPA. The partnership was conceived to advance coordinated infrastructure investment to improve economic prosperity and build healthy, environmentally sustainable, and opportunity-rich communities for all Americans, regardless of race or income.

Recognizing the fundamental role that public investment plays in achieving these outcomes, the Administration charged three agencies whose programs impact the physical form of communities—HUD, DOT, and EPA—to coordinate and incorporate the livability principles into their policies and funding programs to the maximum degree possible. The livability principles can be found at www.sustainablecommunities.gov and include: (1) providing more transportation choices, (2) promoting equitable, affordable housing, (3) increasing economic competitiveness, (4) supporting existing communities, (5) leveraging federal investment, and (6) valuing communities and neighborhoods.

Reaching out to and coordinating with HUD, DOT, EPA programs and other federal and non-federal partners is highly encouraged throughout the BF AWP process. More information on the PSC, including information on key resources, economic development and Brownfields redevelopment.

BF AWP Tools & Webinars

This checklist is intended to help BF AWP grant recipients meet the grant term and condition for considering changing climate conditions throughout the course of their project.

EPA developed a matrix of various federal resources that are most likely to be of interest to our BF AWP grantees. This matrix is intended to help grantees have a better working knowledge of different federal programs and associated resources that might be available to help implement their brownfields area revitalization plans. This matrix is based on publicly available information sources, and most recently updated with FY15 funding levels. 

  • Ideas and Lessons Learned from the BF AWP Pilot Communities
    EPA has compiled ideas and key lessons learned based on the experiences 23 pilot communities who started their BF AWP projects in 2010. Included in this report are ideas, advice and examples on project approaches that the pilot communities found particularly useful, constructive and effective for helping them successfully manage their process and develop a plan implementation strategy. EPA thanks the BF AWP pilot communities for sharing their experiences, ideas, lessons learned and project pictures.
  • Groundwork USA technical assistance & webinars

Drawing from expertise of Groundwork Trust practitioners across the nation who have successfully implemented brownfields cleanup and reuse projects, Groundwork USA (http://groundworkusa.org/) is providing technical assistance support to the FY10 and FY13 BF AWP grant recipients through informational webinars and project networking, and also offers targeted direct technical assistance to a handful of grantee projects. Groundwork practitioners work with BF AWP communities to help build capacity around core project themes, including sustaining community engagement and how to make the transition from project planning to project implementation. Archived recordings of webinars held in 2014:

  • Federal Agency Coordination Webinars

These webinars highlight programs from federal agencies that can help communities implement their community revitalization and redevelopment projects. The sessions were designed to enable brownfields communities to become more familiar with how federal agencies operate locally and how their resources may be accessed/used.

Link to CLU-IN webinar archives: http://www.clu-in.org/live/archive/. ExitThe 5 webinars that are archived are:

  • March 7, 2011: Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Webinar 1 (overview presentation of federal resources)
  • April 27, 2011: Area-Wide Planning Coordination Opportunities (presentation on DOT/ FTA & FHWA programs and resources)
  • May 5, 2011: Area-Wide Planning Coordination Opportunities: Economic Development Administration and US Department of Agriculture
  • June 29, 2011: Area-Wide Planning: Coordination Opportunities with HUD
  • February 8, 2012: Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Federal Resources - 2012 Update

Current and Past BF AWP Grantees

21 communities selected for FY15 BF AWP Grants
In March 2015, EPA selected 21 communities across the country to receive BF AWP grants in FY15. EPA awarded up to $200,000 per recipient so they can engage the community and conduct brownfields planning activities to consider brownfields site cleanup and reuses in conjunction with community assets.

20 communities selected for FY13 BF AWP Grants
In spring 2013, EPA selected 20 communities across the nation to be awarded approximately $4 million in total grant funding. These communities used the grant funds (up to $200,000 per recipient) to develop area-wide plans and specific implementation strategies for integrating the cleanup and reuse of brownfields sites into neighborhood revitalization efforts.

23 Communities selected for FY10 BF AWP Pilot Program
In fall 2010, EPA selected 23 communities to facilitate community involvement in developing an area-wide plan for Brownfields assessment, cleanup and subsequent reuse. The pilot program recipients each received up to approximately $175,000 in grant funding and/or direct technical assistance from the Agency. Here is the list of pilot project award recipients by state.

FY10 BF AWP Pilot Project Fact Sheets and Project Websites

References

FY2015 BF AWP Grant Guidelines

Proposals were due September 22, 2014.

FY2013 BF AWP Grant Guidelines
Proposals were due November 30, 2012.

FY2010 BF AWP Grant Guidelines

Proposals were due June 1, 2010.

Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training

Annual Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grants allow nonprofit and other organizations to recruit, train, and place predominantly low-income and minority, unemployed and under-employed people living in areas affected by solid and hazardous waste. Residents learn the skills needed to secure full-time, sustainable employment in the environmental field, including assessment and cleanup. These green jobs reduce environmental contamination and build more sustainable futures for communities.

Note: some of the documents below refer to the program’s old name, the "Brownfields Job Training Grants Program."

Grant Information

Environmental Workforce Development and Training Toolbox

  • The Brownfields Toolbox Exitwas created by the Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute (HMTRI). ExitIt gives EPA's Brownfields stakeholders the knowledge and tools necessary to maximize environmental job development, education, and employment opportunities. It offers information on how to conduct a job training program including links to sample curricula, Professional Learning Community (PLC) resources, placement of graduates, and community marketing.
  • To subscribe to the HMTRI Brownfields Job Training Program listserv, send an e-mail to HMTRI (ghanne@eicc.edu) with your grant name and contact information.
  • Current Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grantees can send an e-mail to HMTRI (ghanne@eicc.edu) with their grant name and contact information to join the HMTRI listserv, which promotes discussion of job training issues among grantees.

Reports & Success Stories

Other Grant & Funding Opportunities

Resources & Information