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Brownfields Assessment Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes to Identify
Contaminated Land for Cleanup and Development

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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12/03/19 11:59 PM ET Receipt


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, states, communities, and tribes (excluding tribes in Alaska) for planning and inventory development related to brownfield sites. Required registrations may take at least one month to complete prior to submission of the application. Funding is intended to support activities to conduct site assessments, develop site-specific cleanup and reuse plans, conduct inventories and planning, prioritize sites, and build community involvement.

A brownfield site is defined in CERCLA § 101(39) as real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of hazardous substances, pollutants, contaminants, controlled substances, petroleum or petroleum products, or is mine-scarred land.

A critical part of EPA’s Brownfields Program is to ensure that residents living in communities historically affected by economic disinvestment, health disparities, and environmental contamination have an opportunity to reap the benefits from brownfields redevelopment. EPA’s Brownfields Program has a rich history rooted in environmental justice and is committed to helping communities revitalize brownfield properties, mitigate potential health risks, and restore economic vitality. 

Conducting Brownfields Planning & Developing Site Reuse Plans:

Applicants may apply for a Community-wide and/or a Site-specific Assessment Grant, or apply as part of an Assessment Coalition.

Eligible Uses of Grant Funds:

Measuring Environmental Results: Anticipated Outputs/Outcomes:

Supporting Environmental Justice: Anticipated Outputs/Outcomes:

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GrantWatch ID#: 148251

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Number of Grants:

EPA anticipates awarding an estimated 100 Assessment Grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

1. Community-Wide: Up to $300,000 for hazardous substances and/or petroleum Note, for the purposes of this solicitation, the cost of assessment activities on an individual site may not exceed $200,000 per grant. No waiver of funding limit.
2. Site-Specific: Up to $200,000 for hazardous substances and/or petroleum. May request a waiver for up to $350,000.
3. Coalition: Up to $600,000 for hazardous substances and/or petroleum. No waiver of funding limit.

EPA may expend up to 25% of the amount appropriated for Brownfield Grants on sites contaminated with petroleum.

Term of Contract:

The project period for Assessment Grants is up to three years.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

EPA’s Brownfields Program provides funds to empower states, communities, tribes other than in Alaska, and nonprofit organizations to prevent, inventory, assess, clean up, and reuse brownfield sites. More details about eligibility can be seen here:

Grant funds cannot be used for the payment of:
1. Direct costs for proposal preparation;
2. A penalty or fine;
3. A federal cost share requirement (for example, a cost share required by other federal funds);
4. Administrative costs, including all indirect costs and direct costs for grant administration in excess of five (5) percent of the total amount of EPA grant funding, with the exception of financial and performance reporting costs (which are considered allowable programmatic costs and not subject to the 5% limitation);
5. A response cost at a brownfield site for which the recipient of the grant or loan is potentially liable under CERCLA § 107;
6. A cost of compliance with any federal law, excluding the cost of compliance with laws applicable to the cleanup; or
7. Unallowable costs (e.g., lobbying) under 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart E.

Assessment Grant funds may not be used to conduct cleanup activities.

Pre-Application Information:

The closing date and time for receipt of applications is December 3, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

The organization’s Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) must submit the complete application package electronically to EPA through

In order to submit an application through, organizations must:
• Have an active DUNS number;
• Have an active System for Award Management (SAM) account in;
• Be registered in; and
• Be designated as the organization’s AOR.

The registration process for all the above items may take a month or more to complete. The electronic submission of the application must be made by the AOR of your institution who is registered with and is authorized to sign applications for federal assistance.

Refer to Appendix 1 of the Guidelines for specific instructions on how to apply through

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Applicants that exceed the number of applications allowable for Assessment Grants will be contacted, prior to review of any of the applications by EPA, to determine which application(s) the applicant will withdraw from the competition.

A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) documenting the coalition’s site selection process must be in place prior to the expenditure of any funds that are awarded.

Coalition members may not be members of other coalitions, nor submit an application as an individual applicant, in the FY20 competition cycle. A coalition member wishing to apply as part of a different coalition or as an individual applicant must withdraw from the coalition. Once the lead entity submits the application, it becomes the applicant and the coalition members may not substitute another eligible entity as the lead entity after the deadline for submitting applications has passed.

To be eligible to expend Brownfields Grant funding at a site owned by an eligible entity (including state, local government, nonprofit organizations, etc.), the applicant must establish that it is a bona fide prospective purchaser (BFPP), contiguous property owner (CPO), or innocent landowner (ILO), as defined in CERCLA, unless the applicant qualifies for one of the exemptions from liability noted in the guidelines.


Application Resources:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

EPA Regional Contacts and States:

EPA Region 1
Dorrie Paar
Phone: (617) 918-1432

EPA Region 2
Alison Devine
Phone: (212) 637-4158

EPA Region 3
Gianna Rosati
Phone: (215) 814-3406

EPA Region 4
Brian Gross
Phone: (404) 562-8604

EPA Region 5
Matt Didier
Phone: (312) 353-2112

EPA Region 6
Paul Johnson
Phone: (214) 665-2246

EPA Region 7
Jonathan Harrington
Phone: (913) 551-7894

EPA Region 8
Melisa Devincenzi
Phone: (303) 312-6377

EPA Region 9
Noemi Emeric-Ford
Phone: (213) 244-1821

EPA Region 10
Terri Griffith
Phone: (206) 553-8511

For full details including the states of each region and the address, see contact:
Jerry Minor-Gordon

Organizations that do not have the technical capability to apply electronically through because of limited or no Internet access must contact by hard copy or email at least 15 calendar days prior to the submission deadline to request approval to submit their application materials through an alternate method:

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USEPA Headquarters
William Jefferson Clinton Building
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Mail Code: 3903R
Washington, DC 20460

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