Are You Eligible? 2020 Brownfield Funding Opportunities
Brownfield Grant Options
With an estimated 450,000 brownfield properties in the U.S., cities and towns across the country are looking for ways to stimulate cleanup and find beneficial reuse for these sites.  As the demand to address brownfields in our communities grows, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing funding to support environmental assessment and cleanup efforts.

A little background
Brownfields are properties in which the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant complicates the site’s future use.  Brownfield sites can include properties such as old factories, industrial sites, dry cleaners, gas stations, or old buildings with asbestos and lead-based paint concerns.  Locations like these may result in an economic development downturn and can become community “eye sores” and safety hazards.  Since 1995, the EPA has implemented efforts to address these contaminated properties through its Brownfields Program, which offers a variety of grants and loans for assessment, cleanup, and training programs for impacted communities.

What’s new in brownfield funding in 2019?
The EPA has offered $48 million in grants to fund brownfield assessment and cleanup. Communities, states, tribes, and others impacted by brownfields can apply for this assistance. You can review the EPA’s qualification guidelines and application requirements on their website. If qualified, be sure to submit your application by the December 3, 2019 deadline. 

The available brownfield grants include:




Community-Wide Assessment Grant


EPA will award 100 grants for 2020 (total of $31,000,000)

Community-wide area assessment of:

  • Hazardous substances (asbestos, lead based-paint, methamphetamines)
  • Pollutants
  • Contaminants
  • Petroleum

The performance period is five years.

Site-Specific Assessment Grant

$200,000 - $300,000

Site-specific assessment of:

  • Hazardous substances (asbestos, lead based-paint, methamphetamines)
  • Pollutants
  • Contaminants
  • Petroleum

The performance period is five years.

Assessment Coalition Grants

Up to $600,000

Three or more entities can apply for a community-wide area grant.

The performance period is five years.

Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grant

Up to $1,000,000

EPA will award up to $8,000,000 in funds for RLF in 2020

Two or more entities can apply for an RLF under one application.

The performance period is five years.

Cleanup Grant

Up to $500,000

Grants can be awarded to address one or more brownfield sites.

The performance period is three years.

Multipurpose Grant

Up to $800,000

These can be used like an “Assessment” or “Cleanup” grant but the recipients will carry out the work.

Additional brownfield resources

  • The BUILD Act (enacted in 2018) can also be used for spurring economic development by providing tax-based incentives to developers.
  • EPA brownfield grant applicants can send draft applications to the Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR) by November 22, 2019 to receive personalized feedback. Applications should be delivered to
  • The EPA offers free brownfield training and resources (such as tools for grant writing) through Technical Assistance to Brownfield (TAB) Communities Programs. And, for more hands-on training, community representatives can attend the National Brownfields Training Conference on December 11-13, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.  Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with developers and learn about funding opportunities in their region or state. 

Interested in learning more about brownfield funding opportunities? Contact us!
Christina Hiegel, PE
Senior Engineer

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