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

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01/31/19 11:59 PM ET Electronic Submission


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Grants to USA and territories state, local, and tribal governments and nonprofit organizations for the assessment and clean up of contaminated properties. Required registrations may take at least one month to complete. Funding may be used to inventory, prevent, assess, reuse, and clean up brownfield sites.

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.

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.

As described in Section V.A. of this announcement, proposals will be evaluated based on the extent to which the applicant demonstrates: a vision for the reuse and redevelopment of brownfield sites and a strategy for leveraging resources to help accomplish the vision; the environmental, social, health and economic needs and benefits of the target area; strong community engagement; reasonable and eligible tasks and appropriate use of grant funding; the capacity for managing and successfully implementing the cooperative agreement; and other factors.

For eligible uses of grant funds, see the RFP:

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GrantWatch ID#: 148252

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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.

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following information indicates which entities are eligible to apply for a Cleanup Grant.

- General Purpose Unit of Local Government. [For purposes of the EPA Brownfields Grant Program, a “local government” is defined as stated under 2 CFR § 200.64.: Local government means a county, municipality, city, town, township, local public authority (including any public and Indian housing agency under the United States Housing Act of 1937), school district, special district, intrastate district, council of governments (whether or not incorporated as a nonprofit corporation under state law), any other regional or interstate government entity, or any agency or instrumentality of a local government.]
- Land Clearance Authority or another quasi-governmental entity that operates under the supervision and control of, or as an agent of, a general purpose unit of local government.
- Government Entity Created by State Legislature.
- Regional Council or group of General Purpose Units of Local Government.
- Redevelopment Agency that is chartered or otherwise sanctioned by a state.
- State.
- Indian tribe other than in Alaska. (The exclusion of Alaskan Tribes from Brownfields Grant eligibility is statutory at CERCLA § 104(k)(1)). Intertribal Consortia, comprised of eligible Indian tribes, are eligible for funding in accordance with EPA’s policy for funding intertribal consortia published in the Federal Register on November 4, 2002, at 67 Fed. Reg. 67181. This policy also may be obtained from your Regional Brownfields Contact listed in Section VII.)
- Alaska Native Regional Corporation, Alaska Native Village Corporation, and Metlakatla Indian Community. (Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Alaska Native Village Corporations are defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1601 and following. For more information, please refer to the FY19 FAQs.)
- Nonprofit organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
- Limited liability corporation in which all managing members are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or limited liability corporations whose sole members are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.
- Limited liability partnership in which all general partners are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or limited liability corporations whose sole members are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.
- Qualified community development entity as defined in section 45D(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
- Other nonprofit organizations. (For the purposes of the Brownfields Grant Program, the term “other nonprofit organization” means any corporation, trust, association, cooperative, or other organization that is operated mainly for scientific, educational, service, charitable, or similar purpose in the public interest and is not organized primarily for profit; and uses net proceeds to maintain, improve, or expand the operation of the organization. The term includes nonprofit colleges, universities, and other educational institutions.)

Entities applying for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Cleanup Grants may not apply for FY19 Multipurpose Grants (EPA-OLEM-OBLR-18-08). Additionally, brownfield sites where EPA Cleanup Grant funds were previously expended may not receive additional EPA Cleanup Grant funding in FY19.

An applicant must be the sole owner of the site(s) that is the subject of its Cleanup Grant proposal and must own the site(s) by January 31, 2019, to be eligible to receive a Cleanup Grant.

Property Ownership Eligibility – Hazardous Substance Sites
For sites contaminated by hazardous substances, persons, including government entities, who may be found liable for the contamination under CERCLA § 107 are not eligible for grants. Liable parties may include all current owners and operators, former owners and operators of the site at the time of disposal of hazardous substances, and parties that arranged for, or contributed to, the disposal or treatment of hazardous substances on the site. Therefore, even owners who did not cause or contribute to the contamination may be held liable.

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.

See the FY19 FAQs for additional information on ineligible grant activities and unallowable

Pre-Application Information:

The closing date and time for receipt of proposals is January 31, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). Proposals must be submitted through Proposals received after 11:59 p.m. ET on January 31, 2019 will not be considered.

Please allow enough time to successfully submit your application package and allow for unexpected errors that may require you to resubmit.

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

The registration process for all the above items may take a month or more to complete.

Anticipated FY19 Competition Timeline:

- January 31, 2019: Application submission deadline
- May – June 2019: Selections announced
- May – June 2019: Workplans and grant paperwork finalized
- July – October 2019: Grants awarded/funds become available

Note: EPA strongly recommends contacting the Regional Brownfields Contact listed in Section VII. to ensure the proposed site(s) is eligible for funding prior to submitting your proposal.)

CERCLA requires applicants to provide a 20% cost share for Cleanup Grants. For example, a
$200,000 Cleanup Grant will require a $40,000 cost share. The cost share, which may be in the form of a contribution of money, labor, material, or services, must be used for eligible and allowable costs under the grant, as described in the FY19 FAQs.

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. EPA will consider hardship waiver requests on a case-by-case basis and will approve such requests on a limited basis.

Environmental Assessment Required for Cleanup Grant Proposals
A written ASTM E1903-11 or equivalent Phase II environmental site assessment report (a draft report is sufficient) must be completed prior to proposal submission. Equivalent reports include site investigations or remedial action plans developed for a state cleanup program or Office of Surface Mining surveys for mine-scarred lands. Describe the type of environmental assessments conducted at your proposed site (do not attach assessment reports). Provide the date of the Phase II or equivalent report. Contact your Regional Brownfields Contact if you have questions.

Community Notification Ad
The applicant must publish a community notification ad in the local newspaper or an equivalent means customarily used to communicate to the target community(ies) no later than January 17, 2019. For more information, see the RFP:

Public Meeting
The applicant must hold a public meeting to discuss the draft proposal and consider public comments prior to submittal of this proposal. A regularly scheduled community meeting where multiple topics are discussed is sufficient provided there is an opportunity to discuss the draft proposal.

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Contact Information:

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

Jerry Minor-Gordon

EPA Regional Brownfield Program Contacts:

Mailing address:
USEPA Headquarters
William Jefferson Clinton Building
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Mail Code: 3903R
Washington, DC 20460

Courier address:
Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Rm # 51278
Washington, DC 20004

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