The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking applications for its Brownfield Cleanup Grants to empower states, Tribal Nations, communities, and nonprofit organizations to prevent, inventory, assess, clean up, and reuse brownfield sites.
Donor Name: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
State: All States
County: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: $2,000,001 and $5,000,000
Grant Duration: 4 years
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) was amended by the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act in 2002 to include Section 104(k), which provides federal financial assistance authorities for brownfields revitalization, including grants for assessment, cleanup, and revolving loan funds. The Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development (BUILD) Act enacted in 2018 reauthorized EPA’s Brownfields Program and made additional amendments to CERCLA that affect EPA’s brownfield grant authorities, and ownership and liability provisions. (Note: References to CERCLA in this solicitation refer to CERCLA as amended by the 2002 Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act and the 2018 BUILD Act.)
Applicants may request either:
- Up to $500,000 to clean up one brownfield site or to allocate up to $500,000 among multiple sites;
- Between $500,001 and $2,000,000 to clean up one brownfield site or to allocate among multiple sites; or
- Between $2,000,001 and $5,000,000 to clean up one brownfield site or to allocate among multiple sites.
The project period for Cleanup Grants is up to four years.
Uses of Grant Funds
In addition to direct costs associated with the cleanup of a brownfield site, Cleanup Grant funds may be used for:
- Direct costs associated with programmatic management of the grant, such as required performance reporting, cleanup oversight, and environmental monitoring of cleanup work. All costs charged to Cleanup Grants must be consistent with the requirements at 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart E.
- A local government may use up to 10% of its grant funds for the following activities: a. health monitoring of populations exposed to hazardous substances from a brownfield site; and b. monitoring and enforcement of any institutional control used to prevent human exposure to any hazardous substance from a brownfield site.
- A portion of the Brownfields Grant may be used to purchase environmental insurance.
The following information indicates which entities are eligible to apply for a Cleanup Grant.
- General Purpose Unit of 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 established under governmental authority or group of General Purpose Units of Local Government established under Federal, state or local law (e.g., councils of governments) to function as a single legal entity with authority to enter into binding agreements with the Federal Government.
- Redevelopment Agency that is chartered or otherwise sanctioned by a state.
- Federally recognized Indian Tribe other than in Alaska. (The exclusion of Tribes from Alaska, with the exception of the Metlakatla Indian Community as noted below, from Brownfields Grant eligibility is statutory at CERCLA § 104(k)(1)).
- 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.
- 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 partnership in which all general partners are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or limited 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 more information, visit Grants.gov.