EHS Management

Tricks to Financing Brownfields Projects

Assessment Grants

Assessment grants fund grant recipients in order to inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct planning and community involvement related to brownfields sites. An eligible entity may apply for up to $200,000 to assess a contaminated site. Applicants may also seek a waiver of the $200,000 limit and request up to $350,000. Such waivers are based on the anticipated level of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants at a single site. Total grant fund requests should not exceed a total of $400,000 unless a waiver is requested. No entity may apply for more than $700,000 in assessment funding.


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To apply, applicants must submit a proposal that addresses the selection criteria. Contact EPA for the most current application guidelines. Applicants may apply for both communitywide and site-specific assessment grants, although applicants are limited to submitting only one hazardous substance assessment grant proposal and one petroleum assessment proposal.

Entities eligible for assessment grant funding include state, local, and tribal governments, with the exception of certain Alaskan tribes; general purpose units of local government, land clearance authorities, or other quasi-governmental entities; regional council or redevelopment agencies; or states or legislatures.

Revolving Loan Funds

Revolving loan fund (RLF) grants provide funding to capitalize a RLF that provides subgrants to carry out assessment and/or cleanup activities at brownfields. RLF grants provide up to $1 million per eligible entry, and are available for a single recipient or a coalition of eligible entities. At least 60 percent of the awarded funds must be used to implement an RLF in order to provide no-interest or low-interest loans for brownfields cleanups. In addition, an RLF award requires a 20 percent cost share, which may be in the form of a contribution of money, labor, material, or services, and must be for eligible and allowable costs.

To apply, applicants must submit a proposal that addresses the selection criteria. Contact EPA for the most current application guidelines. RLF applications should be communitywide; site-specific RLF grants will not be awarded.

Entities eligible for RLF grant funding include state, local, and tribal governments, with the exception of certain Alaskan tribes; general purpose units of local government, land clearance authorities, or other quasi-governmental entities; regional council or redevelopment agencies; or states or legislatures.


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Cleanup Grants

Cleanup grants provide direct funding for cleanup activities at specific sites. Funds may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and/or hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants, including hazardous substances commingled with petroleum. Cleanup grants provide up to $200,000 per site, and require a 20 percent cost share, which may be in the form of a contribution of money, labor, material, or services, and must be for eligible and allowable costs. No entity may apply for funding cleanup activities at more than five sites.

Applicants must submit a proposal that addresses EPA’s selection criteria. Contact EPA for the most current application guidelines.

Job Training Grants

Brownfields job training grants are funded up to $200,000 over 2-year periods. The grants are aimed at bringing together community groups, job training organizations, educators, labor groups, investors, lenders, developers, and other affected parties to address the issue of providing employment and training to people who reside in areas affected by brownfields.

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