So You Just Submitted Your Brownfield Grant Application, Now What?
Getting the most out of the data collection for your EPA brownfield grant application.
Congratulations on meeting the deadline to submit your EPA Brownfields Grant proposal! You worked hard to collect data and create a winning description of your project. Now the waiting begins until EPA announces whether you will receive your grant in the spring. Competition is tougher than ever, so good luck!
In the meantime, how are you leveraging the work you’ve already done? You and your team have put dozens–even hundreds–of hours collecting, analyzing, and documenting a wide range of information about your project. You have investigated your market’s inventory of brownfields and community needs; you have scoped your project in great detail; you have created a community engagement and outreach plan and solicited stakeholder input.
But what happens to the data you collect after you submit? Will it sit idle during EPA’s review? Is this valuable information available to anyone but your project team and EPA?
Don't let it. The data you build for your Brownfields Grant application is precisely the kind of detailed information that can attract the professional, partner or developer your project needs to get off the ground or to the next step. It pays to get your project noticed sooner rather than later, and by as large an audience as you can manage to find the professionals who can help you without losing the momentum you have built into your grant application.
Before you can spend any grant money, you will need to identify qualified environmental consultants and engineers to undertake assessments and cleanups on your project. You may need to connect with brownfield buyers and developers, and your ideal partner may not be in your community or region and may not even know that your project exists. And if your grant application does not succeed–and recently some applications with perfect scores did not win awards–your project will be dependent on the market for solutions.
Connecting your redevelopment work to the wider world is exactly why we built BrownfieldListings.com: a national marketplace for real estate redevelopment. Our integrated online project platform includes a suite of tools that make it easier to collect, create, manage and share the documents and due diligence that drives real estate reuse and gets projects moving. BrownfieldListings.com brings your redevelopment story to life from the bits of information and megabytes of data you collected for your Brownfields Grant.
If you are an EPA grant applicant, you are already a big step towards telling a compelling story to the marketplace. And our expansive listing template has an intuitive interface that makes inputting these details easy–with a lot of tips, tricks and guidance built in. You can also upload documents directly to the listing to provide primary materials for review.
We also have a nifty short form–the BL taxonomy tags–you can use to setup a basic listing and due diligence thumbnail in less than five minutes. And you can also popup a basic listing for properties you haven’t prepared a grant application for. In most cases, no matter how much information you have, the most important thing is to get out there and connect to the redevelopment community–which is why we always offer our basic listing for free.
Thousands of developers, environmental consultants and other redevelopment professionals use BrownfieldListings.com to look for brownfield properties and projects throughout the country. Give the market the information it needs to work for you.
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