Get Free Help Applying for FY2019 EPA Brownfield Grant Funding
EPA-funded technical assistance providers across the nation support eligible entities working to apply for EPA brownfield grant funding for free.
Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new Request for Proposals and Application Guidelines for the FY 2019 Brownfields Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup Grants (MAC Grants). EPA provides these brownfield grants through its Brownfields Program to address sites contaminated by, or perceived to be contaminated by hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants and petroleum.
Applications are due January 31, 2019, so there is not much time to prepare the kind of winning proposal it takes to succeed in this perennially fierce grant competition.
To assist communities and other eligible entities take on the general challenge of brownfield redevelopment and the specific tasks of its Brownfields Program, EPA created the Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB) program to provide a wide variety of technical assistance. The TAB program funds three TAB grantees, or TAB providers, which are organizations dedicated to providing technical assistance to communities across the country to improve their understanding of brownfields issues and increase their ability to drive underutilized real estate forward towards reuse and revitalization.
Each of the three TAB providers – the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Kansas State University (KSU), and the Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR) – is responsible for separate regions of the country. Each of them works with hundreds of communities and stakeholders through the process of redevelopment – particularly underserved, rural, small and otherwise disadvantaged communities. Much of the important work the TAB providers do is helping brownfields grant applicants and recipients with the hard work of applying for and utilizing EPA brownfields grants. Each of the TAB grantees is itself funded by EPA brownfields grants, which they use to provide education, outreach, promotion and a wide range of technical assistance, all free of charge.
With their expertise and extensive teams of subgrantees, contractors, partners and other network contacts, the TAB providers fill a knowledge and experience gap faced by many communities seeking to redevelop brownfield properties. Many if not all of these stakeholders are facing complex technical issues they have never had to deal with before or have little experience with. The free expert assistance provided by the TAB program would cost grant applicants and recipients thousands of dollars to obtain independently.
To utilize their terrific services, please contact the TAB provider responsible for your EPA Region:
- Kansas State University | Regions 5, 6, 7 & 8
- New Jersey Institute of Technology | Regions 1, 3, & 4
- Center for Creative Land Recycling | Regions 2, 9, & 10 including Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and the Pacific Islands
*Expect at least one-week notice of sending grant application drafts for TAB review.
Upcoming Grant Writing Webinars
EPA Grant Guidelines Webinar | Tuesday, December 11, 2018 | 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time
Join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a free Grant Guidelines Webinar
No registration required. Dial in to the audio conference line: 1-866-299-3188. Access code: 202-566-1817.
TAB EZ and MAC Grant Writing Tips | Tuesday, December 18, 2018 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM PST
Join national brownfields experts to learn about the new EPA Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup (MAC) brownfields grant competition and key tricks of the trade as you prepare your FY 2019 grant applications. This webinar will also include a "how to" for TAB EZ.
Hosted by the Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR), the KSU Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities Program, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).
Additional brownfield grant resources for FY19 MAC Grant Applicants can be found at the Office of Brownfields and Revitalization website, including:
- The FY19 Brownfields Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- The Summary of Changes and Applicant Tips
- The Planning Program Fact Sheets
About the TAB Providers
NJIT: The New Jersey Institute of Technology, New Jersey's science and technology university, has been providing brownfield services to Northeast US communities for over 20 years. NJIT’s multi-disciplinary TAB Team consists of professionals with academic research, government, industry and consulting experience available to assist communities with their brownfield projects. NJIT’s program provides TAB services in EPA Regions 1, 3, & 4.
KSU: Kansas State University’s TAB services are free to communities. They work closely with federal and state agencies to assist communities in their revitalization efforts of brownfields sites. KSU TAB brings university educational and technical resources as well as industry/consulting experience to communities affected by environmental issues at brownfield sites. KSU TAB serves as an independent advisor and resource for community revitalization efforts. KSU TAB organizes and assists with a variety of brownfields workshops in EPA Regions 5, 6, 7 and 8.
CCLR: CCLR provides direct technical assistance to help communities successfully address brownfield challenges within their communities. From the beginning to the end of your redevelopment project, CCLR will answer your questions, provide advice and sample documents, and connect you to resources. CCLR provides TAB services in EPA Regions 2, 9 and 10.
Learn more about the TAB program at EPA’s website.