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Cooperative Agreements to USA States, Nonprofits, Agencies, and Indian Tribes to Address Potentially Contaminated Properties

Brownfields Cleanup Grant


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
CFDA Number: 66.818
Funding or PIN Number: EPA-I-OLEM-OBLR-23-15
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Important Dates
Deadline: 11/13/23 11:59 PM ET Receipt Save

Grant Description
Cooperative agreements to USA nonprofit organizations, agencies, Indian tribes, and qualified community development entities to address potentially contaminated or polluted properties. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take a month or more to complete. Applicants must provide community notification and conduct a public meeting prior to submitting an application.

Cleanup Grants provide funding to carry out cleanup activities on brownfield sites owned by the applicant. 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 benefit 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.

An applicant may request funding to address hazardous substances and/or petroleum contamination at one or more brownfield sites. If contamination at the site is co-mingled with both hazardous substances and petroleum contamination and the hazardous substances and petroleum-contaminated areas of the site are distinguishable, the application must address both eligibility criteria. If the hazardous substances and petroleum are co-mingled and not easily distinguishable, the applicant must indicate which contaminant is predominant and respond to the appropriate site eligibility criteria.

In addition to direct costs associated with the cleanup of a brownfield site, Cleanup Grant funds may be used for:

  1. Direct costs associated with programmatic management of the grant, such as required performance reporting, cleanup oversight, and environmental monitoring of cleanup work. All costs charged to Cleanup Grants must be consistent with the requirements at 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart E.
  2. A local government (as defined in 2 CFR § 200.1, Local Government) may use up to 10% of its grant funds for the following activities:
    • health monitoring of populations exposed to hazardous substances from a brownfield site; and
    • monitoring and enforcement of any institutional control used to prevent human exposure to any hazardous substance from a brownfield site.
  3. A portion of the Brownfields Grant may be used to purchase environmental insurance.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

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, EPA uses the definition of Local government at 2 CFR § 200.1: 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 established under governmental authority or group of General Purpose Units of Local Government established under Federal, state or local law (e.g., councils of governments) to function as a single legal entity with authority to enter into binding agreements with the Federal Government. • Redevelopment Agency that is chartered or otherwise sanctioned by a state.
- State.
- Federally recognized Indian Tribe other than in Alaska. (The exclusion of Tribes from Alaska, with the exception of the Metlakatla Indian Community as noted below, 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 FY24 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.
- Other nonprofit organizations. (For the purposes of the Brownfields Grant Program, the term “other nonprofit organization” consistent with the definition of Nonprofit organization at 2 CFR § 200.1 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.)

To be eligible to receive a Cleanup Grant the applicant must be the sole owner of the site that is the subject of its Cleanup Grant application and must own the site by November 13, 2023.

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.

Brownfield sites where EPA Cleanup Grant funds were previously expended may not receive additional EPA Cleanup Grant funding in FY24.

For ineligible uses of funds, see p. 6 of the RFA in Attached Files.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at 1 PM ET - This webinar will focus on the FY 2024 Narrative ranking criteria for entities applying for Cleanup Grant funding.

Please click the link to join the webinar at or join by telephone at 1-646-828-7666; Webinar ID: 160 011 9960.

Pre-Application Information
The closing date and time for receipt of applications is November 13, 2023, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). Applications must be submitted through Please allow enough time to successfully submit your application package and allow for unexpected errors that may require you to resubmit.

The applicant must provide the community with notice of its intent to apply for an EPA Brownfields Cleanup Grant and allow the community an opportunity to comment on the draft application. The community notification ad (or equivalent), public meeting, and other requirements discussed below must be current and related to this specific application. All applicants must meet these requirements. Failure to demonstrate timely community notification will result in disqualification of the application.

To submit an application through, your organization must:
- Have an active System for Award Management (SAM) account in and
a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) assigned by;
- Be registered in; and
- Have the E-Business Point of Contact designate an AOR in
The registration process for all the above items may take a month or more to complete.

A written ASTM E1903-19 or equivalent Phase II environmental site assessment report (a draft report is sufficient) must be completed prior to application submission.

Cleanup Grant Minimum Requirements Recording:


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For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the page above.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Applicants may request either:
- Up to $500,000 to clean up one brownfield site or to allocate up to $500,000 among multiple sites;
- Between $500,001 and $2,000,000 to clean up one brownfield site or to allocate among multiple sites; or
- Between $2,000,001 and $5,000,000 to clean up one brownfield site or to allocate among multiple sites.

Term of Contract
The project period for Cleanup Grants is up to four years.

Contact Information
Jerry Minor-Gordon, EPA Project Officer

For a list of EPA Regional Brownfield Program Contacts, see p. 65 of the RFA in Attached Files.

Contact for assistance at 1-800-518-4726 or to resolve technical issues with

RFP & Supporting Documents
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