What is a Brownfield?
A brownfield is a property, expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Approximately 450,000 brownfields exist in the United States. The cleaning up and reuse of these properties have benefits, including increasing local tax bases, facilitating job growth, leveraging private investment, and utilizing existing infrastructure. By taking development pressures off greenfield and open land, brownfield redevelopment both improves and protects the environment.
What kind of Brownfield funding is available?
Since its inception in 1995, EPA’s Brownfields & Land Revitalization Program has grown into a proven, purposeful program that has changed the way contaminated property is perceived, addressed, and managed. EPA provides funding and technical assistance to communities, states, tribes, and other stakeholders, giving them resources they need to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfield sites. Various grants are available to support revitalization efforts by funding environmental assessment, cleanup, and job training activities.
- Brownfields Assessment Grants provide funding for brownfield inventories, planning, environmental assessments, and community outreach.
- Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Grants provide funding to capitalize loans that are used to clean up brownfield sites.
- Brownfields Cleanup Grants provide funding to conduct cleanup activities at brownfield sites owned by the applicant.
- Multipurpose (MP) Grants provide funding to conduct a range of eligible assessment and cleanup activities at one or more brownfield sites in a target area.
- Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants provide environmental training for residents impacted by brownfield sites in their communities.
- Technical Assistance, Training, and Research Grants provide funding to organizations to conduct research and to provide training and technical assistance to communities to help address their brownfields challenges.
- State and Tribal Response Program Grants provide non-competitive funding to establish or enhance State and Tribal Brownfields response programs.
The FY 2021 Brownfields Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup Grants have a submission deadline of October 28, 2020.
- Check out DMGS’ tips for successful grant writing.
- Contact Michael P. Pehur (email@example.com), Development Finance Consulting Director for DMGS, today to discuss your project.
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