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U.S. EPA Announces $64 Million in Grant Funding for Brownfields Projects

October 26, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced an estimated $64 million in available funding for its brownfields assessment, cleanup, revolving loan fund and area-wide planning grants.

 

Brownfields are sites which contain, or potentially contain, toxic or hazardous materials, pollutants, or substances. In order for these lands to be reused, redeveloped, or expanded they must first be assessed and cleaned – a costly process for local governments.

EPA has announced four types of grants to assist in the process of funding inventory, assessment, cleanup and reuse of brownfield sites:

  • Assessment Grants – This grant of up to $200,000 for a period of three years (or $600,000 for a period of three years if awarded to a coalition) provides funding to inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct planning and community involvement activities related to brownfield sites. The proposal deadline is Nov. 19. Please see the grant guidelines for application details.
  • Cleanup Grants – This grant of up to $200,000 for a period of three years provides funding to carry out cleanup activities at brownfields sites. The grant requires a 20 percent cost share and the applicant must own the contaminated site. The proposal deadline is Nov. 19. Please see the grant guidelines for application details.
  • Revolving Loan Fund Grant – This grant of up to $1 million per eligible entity for a period of 5 years provides funding to capitalize a revolving loan fund and to make loans and provide subgrants to carry out cleanup activities at brownfields sites. The grant requires a 20 percent cost share. The proposal deadline is Nov. 19. Please see the grant guidelines for application details.
  • Area-Wide Planning Grant – This grant of up to $200,000 for a period of two years provides funding to conduct reuse planning, market studies, infrastructure upgrade planning, funding assessments, and other efforts that will result in plans and implementation strategies for areas affected by brownfields. The proposal deadline is Nov. 30. Please see the grant guidelines for application details.

EPA estimates it will award $34 million in Assessment Grants, $14 million in Cleanup Grants, $10 million in Revolving Loan Fund Grants, and $4 million in Area-Wide Planning Grants.

For more information about these grants, frequently asked questions and technical assistance guidelines please visit EPA’s website.



 
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