Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) - Office of Waste Management (OWM)
09/18/20 4:00 PM Receipt
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.
As outlined in the Fund Regulations, the following types of costs are eligible to receive grant monies from the Brownfields Fund:
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.
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#: 183702
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.
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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com, 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:
(401) 222-2797 ext. 7148
(401) 222-2797 ext. 7141
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