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Brownfields Cleanup Grant

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Brownfields and Land Revitalization Program

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12/01/21 11:59 PM ET Receipt


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Cooperative agreements to USA nonprofit organizations, agencies, Indian tribes, and qualified community development entities to address potentially contaminated or polluted properties. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take a month or more to complete. Applicants must provide community notification and conduct a public meeting prior to submitting an application.

Cleanup Grants provide funding to carry out cleanup activities on brownfield sites owned by the applicant. An applicant may request funding to address hazardous substances and/or petroleum contamination at one or more brownfield sites.

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.

As described in Section V.A. of this announcement, applications will be evaluated based on the extent to which the applicant demonstrates: a vision for the cleanup, reuse, and redevelopment of brownfield sites, and a strategy for leveraging resources to help accomplish the vision; the environmental, social, health and economic needs and benefits of the target area; strong community engagement; reasonable and eligible tasks and appropriate use of grant funding; the capacity for managing and successfully implementing the cooperative agreement; and other factors.

For uses of grant funds, see page 6 of the Guidelines in Attached Files below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 148252

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Number of Grants:

EPA anticipates awarding an estimated 26 Cleanup Grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

An applicant may request up to $500,000 to clean up one brownfield site or to allocate up to $500,000 among multiple sites.

Applicants that plan to only address one brownfield site in their application may request a waiver of the $500,000 limit and request up to $650,000 based on the anticipated level of contamination, size, and other considerations that will be outlined in Section III.B.15 of the Guidelines (in Attached Files below). EPA will consider requests on a case-by-case basis and intends to approve such requests on an extremely limited basis.

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following information indicates which entities are eligible to apply for a Cleanup Grant:
- General Purpose Unit of Local Government. [For purposes of the EPA Brownfields Grant Program, a “local government” is defined as stated under 2 CFR § 200.1: Local government means a county, municipality, city, town, township, local public authority (including any public and Indian housing agency under the United States Housing Act of 1937), school district, special district, intrastate district, council of governments (whether or not incorporated as a nonprofit corporation under state law), any other regional or interstate government entity, or any agency or instrumentality of a local government.]
- Land Clearance Authority or another quasi-governmental entity that operates under the supervision and control of, or as an agent of, a General Purpose Unit of Local Government.
- 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.
- 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 of the Guidelines.)
- 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 FY22 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 partnership in which all general partners are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or limited 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.
- Other nonprofit organizations. (For the purposes of the Brownfields Grant Program, the term “other nonprofit organization” consistent with the definition of Nonprofit organization at 2 CFR § 200.1 means any corporation, trust, association, cooperative, or other organization that is operated mainly for scientific, educational, service, charitable, or similar purpose in the public interest and is not organized primarily for profit; and uses net proceeds to maintain, improve, or expand the operation of the organization. The term includes nonprofit colleges, universities, and other educational institutions.)

An applicant must be the sole owner of the site(s) that is the subject of its Cleanup Grant application and must own the site(s) by December 1, 2021, to be eligible to receive a Cleanup Grant.

Ineligible applicants:
- Individual entities, for-profit organizations, and nonprofit organizations exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that lobby are not eligible to receive Brownfields Grants.
- Brownfield sites where EPA Cleanup Grant funds were previously expended may not receive additional EPA Cleanup Grant funding in FY22.
- Entities liable for contamination on the site(s) are not eligible for Brownfields Grant funding.

For ineligible uses of funds, see page 6 of the Guidelines in Attached Files below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

EPA anticipates hosting a webinar to discuss the FY 2022 Cleanup Grant Guidelines.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 1 PM ET

Please click the link to join the webinar:

Or by telephone (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): +1-669-254-5252 or +1-551-285-1373 or +1-646-828-7666 or +1- 669-216-1590; Webinar ID: 161 961 3747

Pre-Application Information:

The closing date and time for receipt of applications is December 1, 2021, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

You should make every effort to complete the registration process in order to apply through However, if you are experiencing technical difficulties in applying through because of operational or other issues related to COVID-19, you may request to submit the application by email. Email your request (which must include an explanation of the COVID-19 related issue you are experiencing and the specific reason you are unable to submit the application through and the complete application to Jerry Minor-Gordon by December 1, 2021, at 11:59 PM ET. Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. There is no guarantee EPA will accept the submission outside of

If an applicant does not have the technical capability to apply electronically through because of limited or no Internet access which prevents them from being able to upload the required application materials, the applicant may request an exception for the remainder of this calendar year by following the procedures outlined at Please note that requests must be received at least 15 calendar days before the application due date to allow enough time to negotiate alternative submission methods.

The applicant must provide the community with notice of its intent to apply for an EPA Brownfields Cleanup Grant and allow the community an opportunity to comment on the draft application. The community notification ad (or equivalent), public meeting, and other requirements must be current and related to this specific application. All applicants, including applicants in communities impacted by COVID-19, must meet these requirements. Failure to demonstrate timely community notification will result in disqualification of the application. Refer to the FY22 FAQs (in Supporting Documents below) for examples of acceptable community notification methods including alternatives for COVID-19 impacted communities. For information on further requirements for the community notification, see the Guidelines in Attached Files below.

Cleanup Grants require a 20 percent cost share, which may be in the form of a contribution of money, labor, material, or services, and must be for eligible and allowable costs (the match must equal 20 percent of the amount of funding provided by EPA).

Tribes, nonprofit organizations, and government entities (with populations of 50,000 and fewer) may request EPA to waive the 20 percent cost share requirement based on hardship. EPA will consider hardship waiver requests on a case-by-case basis and will approve requests on a limited basis.

An applicant may request funding to address either a single brownfield site or multiple brownfield sites within the same application. Applicants may submit one Cleanup Grant application each competition cycle.

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

The registration process for all the above items may take a month or more to complete.

Cleanup Grant applicants must have an ASTM E1903-19 Phase II environmental site assessment report(s) or equivalent site investigation report(s) completed that indicates a basic understanding of what contaminants need to be cleaned up on each site, even if further Phase II assessment work is required prior to application submission.

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FY 2022 ARC Grant Guideline Outreach Webinar Recording_Oct 13 (mp3):

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

Jerry Minor-Gordon:

For a list of EPA Regional Brownfield Program Contacts, see page 57 of the Guidelines in Attached Files below.

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