U.S. EPA Releases Big Family of FY20 Brownfield Funding for Local Revitalization Projects
One of the government’s greatest programs has opened applications for another catalytic round of redevelopment funding for local brownfield revitalization projects.
Submission deadline is December 3, 2019
The U.S. EPA has released its solicitations for FY2020 brownfield grants and is now accepting applications from eligible entities. These objectively scored and competitively awards grants can be used to address environmental issues of various kinds encountered during the redevelopment of real property contaminated by petroleum, hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants, or suspected to be contaminated. In the last round of these targeted grant awards, 149 communities across the country shared a total of $64.6 Million in EPA funding to help address potentially contaminated properties.
Long beloved for its effectiveness and its unique ability to eliminate environmental negatives and replace them with redeveloped positives, the U.S. EPA brownfield program also enjoys tremendous bipartisan support thanks in part to its ability to leverage nearly $18 for every $1 of of taxpayer money awarded for difference-making local revitalization projects.
Visit EPA’s brownfield grant resource page for helpful information about Multipurpose, Assessment, RLF, and Cleanup (MARC) Grant applications.
Please find below information on the FY 2020 Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Grant Guidelines and application resources:
- FY 2020 Assessment Grant Guidelines
- FY 2020 Revolving Loan Fund Grant Guidelines
- FY 2020 Cleanup Grant Guidelines
The proposal submission deadline is December 3, 2019.
Other important application resources:
- FY 2020 Summary of the Assessment, RLF, and Cleanup Grant Guideline Changes
- FY 2020 Sample Federal Forms
- Grants.gov Tip Sheet
Local governments, tribes, and, more recently, nonprofit entities can now apply thanks to recent changes passed into law by the BUILD Act. Who else is eligible?
- General Purpose Unit of Local Government.
- Land Clearance Authority or another similar quasi-governmental entity
- Government Entity Created by State Legislature.
- Regional Council or group of General Purpose Units of Local Government.
- Redevelopment Agency that is chartered or otherwise sanctioned by a state.
- Indian tribe other than in Alaska. (The exclusion of Alaskan Tribes from Brownfields Grant eligibility is statutory at CERCLA § 104(k)(1)). Intertribal Consortia, comprised of eligible Indian tribes, are eligible for funding in accordance with EPA’s policy for funding intertribal consortia published in the Federal Register on November 4, 2002, at 67 Fed. Reg. 67181. This policy also may be obtained from your Regional Brownfields Contact listed in Section VII.)
- 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 (43 U.S.C. 1601 and following. For more information, please refer to the FY20 FAQs.)
- 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 liability partnership in which all general partners are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or limited liability 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.
Grant writing session 10/17 at NJIT
At the Opportunity Zone Boot Camp & Pitch Competition in Newark next week, U.S. EPA and EPA Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) experts from NJIT and the Center for Creative Land Recycling will be available in a dedicated session built to communicate the latest guidance on these catalytic and competitively-awarded grants. Find out what federal and state funding is available, how to apply for it, and get your questions answered by professionals trained to help (providing free technical assistance to grant-eligible entities).
Due December 3, eligible grant applicants will have to work diligently to complete winning applications in this highly effective, ever-oversubscribed program. This workshop could make the difference!
EPA Webinar & 10/24
EPA will provide one outreach webinar to discuss the FY 2020 Assessment, RLF, and Cleanup Grant guidelines on October 24, 2019 at 2pm (ET). Join the webinar through EPA Web Conferencing and/or via conference call (dial-in number: 1-866-299-3188/ access code: 202-566-1817).