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2020 Brownfields Remediation and Economic Development Fund

Grants to Rhode Island Nonprofits, Agencies, and Private
Entities to Cleanup and Redevelop Contaminated Sites

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Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) - Office of Waste Management (OWM)

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09/18/20 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Rhode Island nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and private nongovernmental entities for the facilitation and development of projects on contaminated sites. The purpose of this program is to support the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated property (brownfields) throughout the state. Funding is available for site preparation as well as redevelopment projects.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (the Department) is pleased to announce the availability of grants to assist in the development and facilitation of brownfield remediation projects. In accordance with the Rules and Regulations for the Brownfields Remediation and Economic Development Fund (Fund Regulations), this Request for Proposals (RFP) is seeking proposals for brownfield site redevelopment projects that will support the cleanup of contaminated property and contribute to the state’s economic development, including through the creation of jobs in Rhode Island. Many acres of brownfields occupy desirable commercial/industrial space within the urban corridor. Remediation and redevelopment of these sites not only mitigates the threat to public health and the environment from exposure to uncontrolled contamination, but it also can create and attract jobs, revitalize streets and neighborhoods, and increase the local tax base.

Purpose of Available Grants

The purpose of the grant program created for the Brownfields Remediation and Economic Development Fund (“Brownfields Fund”) is to stimulate the cleanup and redevelopment of Brownfields sites across Rhode Island. The grant program, specifically the criteria for evaluating and prioritizing applications, provides funding support and technical assistance to facilitate and accelerate the return of brownfields to productive re-use and strengthen Rhode Island’s economic base. In general, these funds should be used to clean up sites in Rhode Island, create jobs, assist small businesses, and add to the tax base of the communities where they are utilized.

Project Eligibility

As outlined in the Fund Regulations, the following types of costs are eligible to receive grant monies from the Brownfields Fund:

  • Soil, groundwater, soil gas, indoor air, and infrastructure/building materials investigation;
  • Site Assessment;
  • Remediation;
  • Hazardous material abatement and/or waste disposal;
  • Long term groundwater, indoor air, soil gas, and other environmental monitoring;
  • Institutional controls;
  • Costs associated with RIDEM required reporting;
  • Other costs required to fully implement the RAWP and complete redevelopment, as deemed appropriate by the review committee;
  • Environmental consulting costs; and/or
  • Other environmental investigations, compilation of information, marketing materials, design, or site work required to support reuse/development of the Brownfields site.

Eligibility of expenses may vary with the type of grant application. Eligible expenses may include the costs of personnel salary and fringe, travel, supplies, constructions, and contractual services. 

Available Grant Categories

Site Preparation Grants

Site Preparation Grants are for sites already identified as a Brownfield based on previous Phase I and/or site investigation work but do not yet have an approved RAWP. The purpose of this type of grant is to fill in the gaps that may exist in the previously obtained site investigation data, develop and analyze potential remedial strategies, and ultimately end with an approved Remedial Action Work Plan that satisfies the regulatory requirements in the Remediation Regulations and can be simultaneously implemented during redevelopment of the Brownfield.

Redevelopment Grants

These grants are for the Brownfield sites that already have completed and approved site investigations and an approved Remedial Action Work Plans (RAWPs), via a Remedial Approval Letter (RAL) or an Order of Approval (OA) issued by the Department’s Office of Waste Management. Redevelopment Grants are meant to fund the actual remediation and redevelopment of a Brownfields site to bring the site into productive reuse.

Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund

In accordance with Section 2.7 of the Fund Regulations, applications for financing through the Rhode Island Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (BCRLF) administered by the RI Infrastructure Bank must first apply to the Department for inclusion on the Project Priority List. At this time, preference will be given to those applications received during this application period, particularly those requesting project financing through a combination of a redevelopment grant from the Brownfields Fund and a BCRLF.

The BCRLF may be used for the assessment and/or the redevelopment and remediation of known brownfield sites. Qualifying expenses through the BCRLF shall cover costs associated with site preparation and/or remediation and redevelopment such as those eligible costs listed in the section above.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183702

Estimated Size of Grant:

Site Preparation Grants: RIDEM reserves the right to limit the annual Individual Grant Amount in this category to $200,000 at its sole discretion.

Redevelopment Grants: RIDEM reserves the right to limit the annual Individual Grant Amount in this category to $500,000 at its sole discretion.

Term of Contract:

The grant awards will be authorized via grant agreements for a limited period of time. Due to greater emphasis being placed on the timeliness of expenditures by the State, projects that will be completed in one or two-year time period will be favored.

With adequate supporting justification, the Department will consider longer project time periods for larger, more complex projects.

Projects not promptly initiated or that fall substantially behind schedule once underway may have their grant awards rescinded or reduced.

The Department encourages applicants to take into consideration and to plan adequate time for procurement and obtaining permits or other approvals in their project schedule.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants eligible to apply for the above listed grants include government or public entities, nonprofit entities, and private/nongovernmental entities that are proposing projects on brownfield sites and have real economic development impact, create jobs, leverage private funds, and return under-utilized properties to beneficial re-use.

In general, applicants for Brownfields Funds must be the entity that legally controls the brownfield site. Private consultants are not eligible to receive grant awards directly on behalf of their clients.

Applicants must demonstrate administrative capacity to manage their grant funds and comply with applicable state and federal fiscal requirements including, but not limited to, accounting, recordkeeping, procurement, and reporting procedures. Applicants must also demonstrate ability to manage their project, document matching funds, and report of progress of deliverables specified in a grant agreement.

Please be aware that it is the Department’s policy that financial assistance shall neither directly or indirectly benefit parties whose willful action or inaction has resulted in damage to the environment. At the Director’s discretion, the Department may restrict, delay, or limit funding due to the occurrence of criminal, civil enforcement actions, or compliance matters. To be eligible for grants, applicants must disclose any existing violations and compliance actions related to their proposal. This includes the issuance of any Notice of Intent to Enforce.

With respect to personnel, the Department generally will not subsidize salaries of existing governmental staff, but rather encourages such expenses to be allocated as match.

A list of ineligible costs can be found at

Pre-Application Information:

Final proposals must be received by the Department no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 18, 2020.

All grant payments will be paid in the form of reimbursement payments for eligible expenses incurred in accordance with an approved project.

Please note that applications for funding from the Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund will be accepted on a rolling basis. There is no deadline for a Brownfield Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund application. Those applications should be submitted to the Department, utilizing the Brownfields Funding Application, in accordance with the Fund Regulations.

“Match” refers to the funds of services used to conduct a project that are not borne by grant funds. All projects match must: (1) relate directly to the project for which the match is being applied; (2) be reasonably valued; and (3) be supported by documentation. Match is an indicator of local commitment to a project and is considered in proposal eligibility and rank. The Brownfields Funds will be available to eligible applicants in the form of grants of up to eighty percent (80%) of eligible costs. Applicants must be able to match at least twenty percent (20%) of eligible costs. At the Director’s sole discretion, a grant for less than eighty percent (80%) of eligible costs may be awarded based on site remediation and redevelopment characteristics.

Match may include: (1) cash; (2) the value of non-cash, in-kind contributions (e.g. value of equipment donated for use of the project); or (3) the value of goods and services directly contributed to the project. In-kind services may be considered as credit towards the 20% match at the sole discretion of the Review Committee.

Contact Information:

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

Submit the completed and signed Brownfields Site Preperation and Remediation Funding Application by email to both:

Mr. Matthew DeStefano and Ms. Ashley Blauvelt and, respectively

If you have any questions on this application, RIDEM Office of Land Revitalization & Sustainable Materials Management (LRSMM) staff are available to assist you, please contact one of the following:

Ashley Blauvelt

Gary Jablonski
(401) 222-2797 ext. 7148

Matthew DeStefano
(401) 222-2797 ext. 7141

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