The EPA Releases $50 Million in Brownfield Grant Funding
The EPA has issued new request for proposals (RFPs) and estimates that it will award 198 grants totaling $50 million. LaBella has successfully assisted numerous clients in obtaining EPA grant funding. We can help your community.
What is it?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides grant funding to assist communities with assessment and cleanup of brownfield sites to facilitate reuse of those sites. The funding programs also promotes revitalization through partnerships and community involvement. Brownfields are sites that are difficult to redevelop or reuse due to the presence or potential presence of contamination.
Who can apply?
State, local and tribal governments, quasi-governmental entities redevelopment agencies and regional agencies. Non-profits (501.C.3) are also eligible to apply under the Cleanup grant category. Applicants for the Cleanup grants must own the site and have a Phase I and Phase II report complete. Entities or properties on the National Priorities list, liable under CERCLA, or under a consent or administrative orders are not eligible to apply.
What funding is available?
Assessment Grants: up to $200,000 for assessment of a specific site or to assess community wide (multiple sites) brownfield sites (hazardous and/or petroleum). A coalition of at least three communities can apply for up to $600,000. Eligible activities include inventorying, characterizing and assessing contamination as well as planning for redevelopment and cleanup.
Cleanup Grants: up to $200,000 per property, up to three properties. Provides funding to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites (hazardous and/or petroleum). Requires: property ownership; 20% share; community notification; and completed Phase I & II environmental site assessments.
Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund Grants: up to $1 million to establish a Cleanup Revolving Loan program. RLF programs provide low interest loans and subgrants to eligible entities for cleanup activities at brownfield sites contaminated with hazardous substances and/or petroleum. A 20% cost share is required.
When are applications due?
November 16, 2017
What are the selection criteria?
Community Need - brownfield impact on the community and sensitive populations; impact on the community’s economy
Project Feasibility - reasonableness of approach and capacity to complete the project
Community Engagement and Partnerships
Anticipated Benefits - economic, health and environmental benefits.
Who can I contact for more information?
Give us a call!
Rob Napieralski, CPG