Are You Eligible? 2022 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 for 2022?

The EPA has offered $68 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 1, 2021 deadline.  

The available brownfield grants include: 

GRANT

AVAILABLE FUNDING

USES

Community-Wide Assessment Grant

Up to $500,000

Community-wide area assessment of:

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

  • Pollutants

  • Contaminants

  • Petroleum

The performance period is three years

Community-Wide Assessment Grants for States and Tribes(new in 2022)

Applicants may request up to $2,000,000

Funding is only available to states, tribes, and eligible native corporations in Alaska for the assessment of:

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

  • Pollutants

  • Contaminants

  • Petroleum

The performance period is five years

Site-Specific Assessment Grant

Applicants may request up to $200,000; however, applicants may seek a waiver and request up to $350,000 for a site

Site-specific assessment of:

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

  • Pollutants

  • Contaminants

  • Petroleum

The performance period is three years

Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grant

Up to $1,000,000 per applicant

EPA will award up to $8,000,000 in funds for RLF in 2022

Funds awarded in an RLF are used to provide loans to developers or other stakeholders for cleanup activities at brownfield sites. The loans are repaid to the RLF and funds are then loaned to another borrower, providing ongoing funds for a community.


Cleanup Grant

Applicants may request up to $500,000; however, applicants may seek a waiver and request up to $650,000

Grants can be awarded to address one or more brownfield sites. The performance period is three years.

Additional brownfield resources

  • EPA is hosting two webinars to discuss the 2022 fiscal year grant guidelines. The first webinar will be held on October 13th at 11:00 am MT and will review guidelines for entities applying for:
    • Community-Assessment Grant funding
    • Site-specific Assessment Grant funding
    • Cleanup Grant funding
    • RLF Grant funding

The second webinar will be held on October 14th at 12:00 pm MT and will discuss guidelines for States and Tribes applying for Community-wide Assessment Grants.

  • The BUILD Act (enacted in 2018) can also be used for spurring economic development by providing tax-based incentives to developers.
  • The EPA offers free brownfield training and resources (such as tools for grant writing) through Technical Assistance to Brownfield (TAB) Communities Programs.
  • Additional Technical Assistance to Brownfields such as grant writing review and assistance, and educational workshops/materials, the following entities can be contacted:
  • For more hands-on training, community representatives can attend the National Brownfields Training Conference (postponed until 2022). Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with stakeholders and other community representatives to learn about brownfield challenges and opportunities for revitalization and spurring economic development in your community.

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