The EPA Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (OBLR) has posted the 2013 Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup Grants Request for Proposals (RFPs). These grants may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum). Opportunities for funding are as follows:
- Brownfields Site Assessment Grants:
- Community-Wide and Site-Specific Grants, each funded for up to $200,000 over three years.
- Coalition Grants. Three or more entities collectively funded for up to $600,000 over three years.
- Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grants, each funded for up to $1,000,000 over five years. The RLF Grants require a 20% cost share.
- Brownfields Cleanup Grants, each funded for up to $200,000 over three years. The Cleanup Grants also require a 20% cost share and the applicant must own the site by November 19, 2012.
The submittal deadline for proposals is 11:59 P.M. on November 19, 2012. The RFP can be downloaded from http://www.epa.gov/swerosps/bf/applicat.htm. EPA anticipates the selection of successful applicants will be announced during April or May 2013. After submittal of work plans and grant paperwork by the successful applicants, EPA anticipates grant award/fund availability during September 2013.
For a site to be eligible for Site-Specific Assessment and Brownfields Cleanup Grants, they cannot meet any of the following criteria:
- Proposed or listed on the National Priorities List (NPL).
- Facilities subject to orders under CERLA.
- Facilities that are subject to the jurisdiction, custody, or control of the US government (except land held in trust for Indian Tribes).
EPA notes that the following entities are eligible to receive Brownfields Grants, based on the following type of grant requested:
- Site Assessment Grants:
- State, local, and tribal governments
- Governmental entities
- Quasi-governmental entities operating under the control, supervision, or as an agent of a local government
- Governmental redevelopment agencies
- Cleanup Grants:
- Those entities listed above, plus non-profit organizations and non-profit educational institutions
This article was authored by Greg Tieman, Acacia Environmental Group LLC. For more information on the author see here.