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Brownfields Cleanup Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes
to Clean Up Contaminated Land for Development

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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12/03/19 11:59 PM ET Receipt


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, states, communities, and tribes (other than in Alaska) to clean up contaminated properties. An environmental assessment report is required prior to applying. Moreover, required registrations may take at least one month to complete. Funding is intended to support work performed at brownfield sites contaminated with hazardous substances and/or petroleum.

An applicant may request funding to address hazardous substances1 and/or petroleum contamination at one or more brownfield sites. If the site is co-mingled with both hazardous substances and petroleum contamination and the hazardous substances and petroleum-contaminated areas of the site are distinguishable, the application must address both eligibility criteria and indicate the dollar amount of funding requested for each type of contamination. If the hazardous substances and petroleum are co-mingled and not easily distinguishable, the applicant must indicate which contaminant is predominant and respond to the appropriate site eligibility criteria.

Cleanup Grant applicants must have an ASTM E1903-11 Phase II environmental site assessment report(s) or equivalent site investigation report(s) complete that indicates a basic understanding of what contaminants need to be cleaned up on each site, even if further Phase II assessment work is required prior to application submission. Refer to threshold criterion Section III.B.7. for additional information.

Eligible Uses of Grant Funds: ;

Anticipated Outputs/Outcomes: ;

 Supporting Environmental Justice: ;

A brownfield site is defined in CERCLA § 101(39) as real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of hazardous substances, pollutants, contaminants, controlled substances, petroleum or petroleum products, or is mine-scarred land. More details can be seen here:

A critical part of EPA’s Brownfields Program is to ensure that residents living in communities historically affected by economic disinvestment, health disparities, and environmental contamination have an opportunity to reap the benefits from brownfields redevelopment. EPA’s Brownfields Program has a rich history rooted in environmental justice and is committed to helping communities revitalize brownfield properties, mitigate potential health risks, and restore economic vitality. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 148252

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Number of Grants:

EPA anticipates awarding an estimated 18 Cleanup Grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum amount of EPA funds that will be awarded under a Cleanup Grant is $500,000. Applicants may propose to use up to $500,000 to clean up one brownfield site or to allocate up to $500,000 among multiple sites.

EPA may expend up to 25% of the amount appropriated for Brownfield Grants on sites contaminated with petroleum.

Term of Contract:

The project period for Cleanup Grants is up to three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

EPA’s Brownfields Program provides funds to empower states, communities, tribes other than in Alaska, and nonprofit organizations to prevent, inventory, assess, clean up, and reuse brownfield sites. More details about eligibility can be seen here:

Grant funds cannot be used for the payment of:
1. Direct costs for proposal preparation;
2. A penalty or fine;
3. A federal cost share requirement (for example, a cost share required by other federal funds);
4. Administrative costs, including all indirect costs and direct costs for grant administration in excess of five (5) percent of the total amount of EPA grant funding, with the exception of financial and performance reporting costs (which are considered allowable programmatic costs and not subject to the 5% limitation);
5. A response cost at a brownfield site for which the recipient of the grant or loan is potentially liable under CERCLA § 107;
6. A cost of compliance with any federal law, excluding the cost of compliance with laws applicable to the cleanup; or
7. Unallowable costs (e.g., lobbying) under 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart E.

Pre-Application Information:

The closing date and time for receipt of applications is December 3, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

The organization’s Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) must submit the complete application package electronically to EPA through

In order to submit an application through, organizations must:
- Have an active DUNS number;
- Have an active System for Award Management (SAM) account in;
- Be registered in; and
- Be designated as the organization’s AOR.

The registration process for all the above items may take a month or more to complete. The electronic submission of the application must be made by the AOR of your institution who is registered with and is authorized to sign applications for federal assistance.

Refer to Appendix 1 of the Guidelines for specific instructions on how to apply through

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Environmental Assessment Required for Cleanup Grant Applications: A written ASTM E1903-11 or equivalent Phase II environmental site assessment report (a draft report is sufficient) must be completed prior to application submission.

An applicant may only submit one Cleanup Grant application in the FY20 competition cycle.

An applicant must be the sole owner of the site(s) that is the subject of its Cleanup Grant application and must own the site(s) by December 3, 2019, to be eligible to receive a Cleanup Grant.

CERCLA requires applicants to provide a 20% cost share for Cleanup Grants. Tribes, nonprofit organizations, and government entities (with populations of 50,000 and fewer) may request a waiver of the 20% cost-share requirement based on hardship.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

EPA Regional Contacts and States:

EPA Region 1
Dorrie Paar
Phone: (617) 918-1432

EPA Region 2
Alison Devine
Phone: (212) 637-4158

EPA Region 3
Gianna Rosati
Phone: (215) 814-3406

EPA Region 4
Brian Gross
Phone: (404) 562-8604

EPA Region 5
Matt Didier
Phone: (312) 353-2112

EPA Region 6
Paul Johnson
Phone: (214) 665-2246

EPA Region 7
Jonathan Harrington
Phone: (913) 551-7894

EPA Region 8
Melisa Devincenzi
Phone: (303) 312-6377

EPA Region 9
Noemi Emeric-Ford
Phone: (213) 244-1821

EPA Region 10
Terri Griffith
Phone: (206) 553-8511

For full details including the states of each region and the address, see contact:
Jerry Minor-Gordon

Organizations that do not have the technical capability to apply electronically through because of limited or no Internet access must contact by hard copy or email at least 15 calendar days prior to the submission deadline to request approval to submit their application materials through an alternate method:

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c/o Jessica Durand
USEPA Headquarters
William Jefferson Clinton Building
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Mail Code: 3903R
Washington, DC 20460

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