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Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and IHEs for Programs to Train Workers in the Environmental Field

Brownfields Job Training (JT) Grant


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Funding Source
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
CFDA Number: 66.815
Funding or PIN Number: EPA-I-OLEM-OBLR-23-08
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Important Dates
Deadline: 08/02/23 11:59 PM ET - Receipt Save

Grant Description
Cooperative agreements to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, qualifying tribes, redevelopment agencies, and IHEs for programs that train unemployed residents to work in the environmental field. Required registrations may take at least one month to complete. Programs will recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time, sustainable employment in various aspects of hazardous and solid waste management and within the larger environmental field, including sustainable cleanup and reuse, and chemical safety.

As stated in Assistance Listing 66.815, “The objective of the Brownfields Job Training Program is to recruit, train, and place unemployed and under-employed residents of solid and hazardous waste-impacted communities with the skills needed to obtain full-time, sustainable employment. This program promotes the facilitation of activities related to assessment, cleanup, or preparation of contaminated sites, including brownfields, for reuse, while simultaneously building a local workforce with the skills needed to perform remediation work that are supportive of environmental protection and environmental health and safety.”

A critical part of EPA’s Brownfields Job Training program is to further environmental justice by ensuring that residents living in communities historically affected by economic disinvestment, health disparities, and disproportionate and adverse exposures to environmental contamination, including low-income, minority, tribal and indigenous communities, have an opportunity to reap the benefits of revitalization and environmental cleanup. Through the link to on-the-ground assessment and cleanup activities, Brownfields Job Training Grants provide funding to attract, train, and retain a skilled local workforce by prioritizing unemployed and under-employed residents of communities impacted by a variety of waste facilities, blighted properties, and contaminated sites.

Brownfields Job Training Grants help residents take advantage of jobs across a spectrum of brownfield related activities, including the assessment, cleanup, remediation, and planning/site preparation for the revitalization of brownfields. This can involve the assessment and cleanup of solid and hazardous waste; chemical risk management; stormwater management relating to site cleanup; planning and site preparation for low impact development activities; planning and site preparation for green infrastructure installation and maintenance; and vulnerability assessment and contamination mitigation planning. 

The activities to be funded under this announcement support EPA’s FY 2022-2026 Strategic Plan.  Awards made under this announcement will support Goal 6 – Safeguard and Revitalize Communities, Objective 6.1 – Clean Up and Restore Land for Productive Uses and Healthy Communities of EPA’s Strategic Plan. All applications must be for projects that support this goal and objective. 

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Additional Eligibility Criteria
In accordance with CFDA 66.815, the following entities are eligible to apply for a Brownfields Job Training Grant:
- General Purpose Unit of Local Government (EPA uses the definition of Local government in 2 CFR 200.1.)
- Land Clearance Authority or other 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.
- Alaskan Native Regional Corporation, Alaska Native Village Corporation, and the Metlakatla Indian Community. (Alaskan Native Regional Corporation and Alaska Native Village Corporation as those terms are defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1601 and following).)
- Nonprofit organizations.

Workforce Investment Boards and organized Labor Unions that meet these criteria may be eligible nonprofit organizations.

Public and nonprofit private institutions of higher education (including community colleges and similar 2-year institutions) are eligible to apply.

Nonprofit organizations described in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying activities as defined in Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 are not eligible to apply.

For-profit or proprietary training organizations or trade schools are not eligible to apply.

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For Prohibitions on Use of Funds, see

Pre-Proposal Conference
EPA will host an outreach webinar for prospective applicants on Wednesday June 14, 2023 from 1-:3:30pm ET. A recording of the webinar will available at a later date.


Pre-Application Information
The closing date and time for receipt of applications is August 02, 2023, 11:59 p.m. ET.

Applications must be submitted electronically through Applications received after the date and time indicted will not be considered.

If you do not have the technical capability to apply electronically through because of limited or no Internet access which prevents you from being able to upload the required application materials to, please refer to the procedures in Appendix 2 of the RFA. You should make every effort to complete the registration process in order to apply through

In order to submit an application through, you must:
1. Have a unique entity identifier UEI),
2. Have an active System for Award Management (SAM) account in,
3. Be registered in and
4. Be designated as your organization’s AOR.
The registration process for all of the above items may take a month or more to complete.

Please note, applicants cannot submit multiple applications under this solicitation.


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Additional Funding Information

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Number of Grants
EPA anticipates awarding approximately 24 Brownfields Job Training grants.

Estimated Size of Grant
Applicants may apply for up to $500,000 of EPA funds.

Term of Contract
The project period for Brownfields Job Training Grants is five (5) years. Training is anticipated to conclude by the end of the fourth year, with the fifth year of the project period devoted to the placement of remaining graduates in employment and reporting accomplishments data to EPA.

Contact Information
EPA Headquarters Contact: Matt Wosje; 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.; Mail Code: 5105T;
Washington, D.C. 20460. Phone: (202) 566-1060. E-mail:

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