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Brownfields Assessment Grant

Cooperative Agreements to USA States, Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Indian Tribes for Activities to Evaluate Potentially Contaminated Areas

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Brownfields and Land Revitalization Program

Deadline Date:

10/28/20 11:59 PM ET Receipt

Description:

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Cooperative agreements to USA states, nonprofit organizations, agencies, Indian tribes, and community development entities for activities to evaluate potentially contaminated or polluted areas. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take a month or more to complete.

Assessment Grants provide funding for developing inventories of brownfield sites, prioritizing sites, conducting community involvement activities, conducting planning, conducting site assessments, developing site-specific cleanup plans, and developing reuse plans related to 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.

Applicants may apply for a Community-wide and/or a Site-specific Assessment Grant, or apply as part of an Assessment Coalition:

  • Community-wide Assessment Grants are appropriate when a specific site is not identified and the applicant plans to spend grant funds on more than one brownfield site in its community.
  • Site-specific Assessment Grants are appropriate when a specific site is identified and the applicant plans to spend grant funds on this one site only.
  • Assessment Coalition Grants are appropriate when three or more eligible entities plan to perform Assessment Grant activities on at least five brownfield sites within their communities

For uses of grant funds, see https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2020-08/documents/epa-olem-oblr-20-06.pdf#page=8.

As described in Section V.A. of this announcement, applications 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148251

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$32,000,000

Number of Grants:

EPA anticipates awarding an estimated 87 Assessment Grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

1. Community-Wide: Up to $300,000 for hazardous substances and/or petroleum. Note, for the purposes of this solicitation, the cost of assessment activities on an individual site may not exceed $200,000 per grant. No waiver of funding limit.
2. Site-Specific: Up to $200,000 for hazardous substances and/or petroleum. May request a waiver for up to $350,000.
3. Coalition: Up to $600,000 for hazardous substances and/or petroleum. No waiver of funding limit.

Term of Contract:

The project period for Assessment 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.

The following information indicates which entities are eligible to apply for a Multipurpose 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 FY21 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 partnership in which all general partners are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or limited 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.

Note, individual entities, for-profit organizations, and nonprofit organizations exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that lobby are not eligible to receive Brownfields Grants. Entities that were awarded an FY19 Multipurpose Grant (EPA-OLEM-OBLR-18-08) may not apply for an FY21 Assessment Grant under this solicitation.

For ineligible uses of funds, see https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2020-08/documents/epa-olem-oblr-20-06.pdf#page=8.

Assessment Grant funds may not be used to conduct cleanup activities.

Pre-Application Information:

The closing date and time for receipt of applications is October 28, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). Applications must be submitted through www.grants.gov. EPA anticipates notification to successful applicants will be made via telephone, email, or postal mail by late Spring 2021.

Applicants should make every effort to complete the registration process in order to apply through www.grants.gov. However, if you are experiencing technical difficulties in applying through www.grants.gov because of operational or other issues related to COVID-19, you may request to submit the application by email. Email your request (which must include an explanation of the COVID-19 related issue you are experiencing and the specific reason you are unable to submit the application through www.grants.gov) and the complete application to Jerry Minor-Gordon by October 28, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET. Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. There is no guarantee EPA will accept the submission outside of www.grants.gov.

If an applicant does not have the technical capability to apply electronically through www.grants.gov because of limited or no Internet access which prevents them from being able to upload the required application materials, the applicant must contact the EPA by email or at the address listed below in writing (e.g., by hard copy, email) at least 15 calendar days prior to the submission deadline to request approval to submit their application materials through an alternate method. For more information, see https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2020-08/documents/epa-olem-oblr-20-06.pdf#page=53.

Applicants can apply for only one Community-wide Assessment Grant. An applicant that applies for Community-wide Assessment Grant funding may also apply for a Site-specific Assessment Grant, but may not apply for or be a member of an Assessment Coalition Grant. An applicant that submits a Site-specific Assessment Grant application may also apply for a Community-wide Assessment Grant, but may not apply for or be a member of an Assessment Coalition Grant.

In order to submit an application through www.grants.gov, organizations must:
• Have an active DUNS number;
• Have an active System for Award Management (SAM) account in www.sam.gov;
• Be registered in www.grants.gov; 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 www.grants.gov and is authorized to sign applications for federal assistance.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=328707

Webinar Recording:https://epawebconferencing.acms.com/pjtlwlf4abks/?proto=true

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: minor-gordon.jerry@epa.gov

EPA Regional Brownfield Program Contacts: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2020-08/documents/epa-olem-oblr-20-06.pdf#page=52.

To request an alternative submission method: OMS-ARMOGDWaivers@epa.gov

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

Courier Address:
OGD Waivers
c/o Jessica Durand
Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Rm # 51278
Washington, DC 20004

GRANTS.GOV Applicant Support
1-800-518-4726
support@grants.gov

CFDA Number:

66.818

Funding or Pin Number:

EPA-OLEM-OBLR-20-06

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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