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EPA's Brownfields Grants Notices of Funding Opportunity are Expected to be Released Soon

Posted @ Wednesday, October 03, 2018    By Karl Kalbacher
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to release in the next couple of months Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Brownfields Grants Programs. As part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, the Brownfields program was reauthorized and funding doubled to $200 million for fiscal years 2019-2023.

A Brownfield is real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. EPA Brownfields grants are offered to State, Tribal and local governments, non-profit organizations and other quasi-governmental entities who operate under the control, supervision, or as an agent of a local government. These eligible entities are expected to collaborate with private, state and local partners to complete environmental assessments and/or cleanups at eligible contaminated properties. The goals of the Brownfield grants are to assist projects to revitalize communities by investing in abandoned or vacant land and buildings, addressing environmental justice concerns, and creating jobs and investments in distressed areas. 

In the 2018 Brownfields grant competition, EPA is introducing changes to the Brownfield Multi-Purpose grant. This grant program provides funding to conduct a range of eligible assessment and cleanup activities at one or more brownfield sites in a target area. An applicant can apply for up to $800,000 and must demonstrate how grant funds will result in at least:

  • one Phase II environmental site assessment;
  • one brownfield site cleanup; and
  • an overall plan for revitalization of one or more brownfield sites, if there is not already a plan in place.

TFG co-hosted a Brownfields Grant Webinar with eCivis on October 2, 2018; a link to the webinar is here.

 

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