Brownfields Assessment Grants - American Cities Climate Challenge

Brownfields Assessment Grants

Federal Agency

Sub-Department

Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization

Purpose

To evaluate potentially contaminated sites that may need cleanup from prior use. The program offers community-wide assessments for multiple community sites, site-specific grants for an already identified single-site project focus, and assessment coalition grants to increase the capacity of multijurisdictional entities to assess sites in multiple communities.

Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements

All applicants must meet the "threshold criteria" as outlined in the updated notice of funding opportunity.

Decarbonization Considerations

Transforming underutilized or abandoned sites in your community into revitalized energy hubs can also spur economic revitalization. These funds can help determine which brownfields and closed landfill sites may be good fits for hosting solar or other renewable energy. The EPA offers explicit guidance for considering such "brightfields" projects: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/are-you-considering-renewable-energy-or-energy-efficient-approaches-your-brownfields

Equity Considerations

A critical part of the 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. For example, large brownfield sites can be future hubs for new manufacturing and clean energy jobs and offer opportunities to improve distributional equity where communities were previously neglected.

Helpful Tips

National program priorities tend to change each year, so be sure to tailor your application to the current guidance.

Other Notes

The IIJA authorized $1.5 billion in Additional funding over 5 years to scale up EPA's brownfields revitalization program.

Deadline (Announced or Anticipated)

December 1, 2021

Funding Available

$47,000,000

Max Award Amount

$200,000 for site-specific grants; $500,000 for community-wide grants; $2,000,000 for state/tribe community-wide grants

Expected Allocations

78

Average Award (Estimated)

$602,564

Matching Funds

Not required

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