EPA Opens $50M+ FY19 Brownfield Competition for Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup Grants
Monday, December 03, 2018
Over 100 grants and $50 million in brownfield grant funding is expected to be awarded in the next round of EPA's storied and successful real estate redevelopment program.
Submission deadline: January 31, 2019.
Today, November 28, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new Request for Proposals & Application Guidelines to officially open the FY 2019 Brownfields Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup Grant competition. Grants offered by the Brownfields Program may be used to address sites contaminated by hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum) and petroleum.
In last year's brownfield grant competition, EPA awarded $54.3 Million in funding to assess and clean up 144 communities nationwide.
This year's competition is the first to come following the passage of the BUILD Act in the omnibus bill and contains numerous important changes. Opportunities in this cycle of brownfield grant funding are separated into three categories:
(1) Multipurpose Grants – each proposal is funded up to $800,00 over five years. EPA anticipates selecting 10 proposals.
Download the FY 2019 Multipurpose Grant Guidelines
(2) Assessment Grants – Community-wide and Site-specific proposals are each funded up to $200,000 over three years; Assessment Coalition proposals are funded up to $600,000 over three years. EPA anticipates selecting 114 proposals. NOTE: New this year, current EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant recipients must demonstrate that payment has been received from EPA (also known as ‘drawn down’) for at least 70% of each Assessment cooperative agreement they have with EPA by January 1, 2019 in order to apply for additional Assessment Grant funding under this solicitation.
Download the FY 2019 Assessment Grant Guidelines
(3) Cleanup Grants – each proposal funded up to $500,000 over three years. EPA anticipates selecting 40 proposals. NOTE: New this year, Brownfield sites where EPA Cleanup Grant funds were previously expended may not receive additional EPA Cleanup Grant funding in FY 2019.
Download the FY 2019 Cleanup Grant Guidelines
Please visit EPA's Types of Grant Funding page for an overview of the Multipurpose, Assessment and Cleanup Grants.
EPA will host one outreach webinar on December 11, 2018 at 2pm (ET). The purpose of the webinar is to assist applicants with understanding the Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup Grant Guidelines. Participants can join at this link and/or dial into the audio conference line at 1-866-299-3188/ access code: 202-566-1817.
A solicitation for new Revolving Loan Fund Grants will not be issued in FY 2019. EPA does expect, however, to solicit requests from existing, high-performing RLF Grant recipients supplemental funding through a Federal Register notice in early 2019.
Additional FY 2019 Application Resources
FY 2019 Summary of Brownfields Grant Guideline Changes
FY 2019 Frequently Asked Questions about Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup Grants
Tips for Submitting Proposal through Grants.gov
Tips on How to Get Started Early on Preparing You Brownfields MARC Grant Proposal
General Program Resources
List of Entities Eligible to Apply for Multipurpose, Assessment, Cleanup and RLF Grants
NEW Information on Eligible Planning Activities
Information on CERCLA Liability Defenses
Information on Sites Eligible for Brownfields Funding under CERCLA § 104(k)
For additional information, please see this link.