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Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes to
Issue Local Loans for the Cleanup of Brownfields

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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12/03/19 11:59 PM ET Receipt


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, states, communities, and tribes for the capitalization of loan funds related to the cleanup of brownfields. Registrations required prior to application submission may take at least one month to complete. Funding is intended to support revolving loan programs that provide subgrants and loans to qualified entities to carry out cleanup activities at sites contaminated with hazardous substances and/or petroleum.

Revolving Loan Funds (RLF) are used to provide no-interest or low-interest loans for eligible brownfield cleanups, subgrants for cleanups, and other eligible programmatic costs necessary to manage the RLF. An RLF Grant recipient must use 50% or more of the awarded funds and the associated cost share to provide loans for the cleanup of eligible brownfield sites and associated eligible programmatic capability. The remaining EPA funding and associated cost-share may be used for eligible programmatic costs, including issuing and managing subgrants to clean up eligible brownfield sites. 

Features of the RLF Grants:

Sites where hazardous substances and petroleum contamination are distinguishable must meet eligibility requirements for both types of funding. If the hazardous substances and petroleum are not easily distinguishable, the site must meet eligibility requirements for the predominant contaminant. Sites eligible for hazardous substance funding are those properties with the presence of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants; sites that are contaminated with controlled substances; or sites that are mine-scarred lands. The application must indicate the dollar amount of funding requested for both hazardous substances and petroleum. 

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. 

RLF Coalition Grants: An RLF Coalition is comprised of one “lead” eligible entity that partners with one or more
eligible entities. For more information, see

Eligible Uses of Grant Funds:

Measuring Environmental Results: Anticipated Outputs/Outcomes:

Supporting Environmental Justice:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164043

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Number of Grants:

EPA anticipates awarding an estimated eight RLF Grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $1,000,000

Term of Contract:

The project period for RLF Grants is up to five 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. More details about eligibility can be seen here:

Coalition members may not be members of other RLF Coalitions, nor submit an RLF Grant application as an individual applicant, in the FY20 competition cycle.

Grant funds cannot be used for the payment of:
1. Direct costs for proposal preparation;
2. A penalty or fine;
3. A federal cost share requirement (for example, a cost share required by other federal funds);
4. Administrative costs, including all indirect costs and direct costs for grant administration in excess of five (5) percent of the total amount of EPA grant funding, with the exception of financial and performance reporting costs (which are considered allowable programmatic costs and not subject to the 5% limitation);
5. A response cost at a brownfield site for which the recipient of the grant or loan is potentially liable under CERCLA § 107;
6. A cost of compliance with any federal law, excluding the cost of compliance with laws applicable to the cleanup; or
7. Unallowable costs (e.g., lobbying) under 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart E.

Pre-Application Information:

The closing date and time for receipt of applications is December 3, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

The organization’s Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) must submit the complete application package electronically to EPA through

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

Refer to Appendix 1 of the Guidelines for specific instructions on how to apply through

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Any additional selections for awards will be made no later than six months from the date of the original selection decisions.

The Brownfields RLF Grant will be awarded in the form of a cooperative agreement. RLF Grant recipients are required to provide a cost-share that is calculated as 20% of the total federal RLF Grant funds awarded, unless EPA provides a hardship waiver.

RLF Grant recipients may not subgrant to themselves. However, the RLF Grant recipient may subgrant to other coalition members if EPA awards an RLF Coalition Grant. Subgrants are limited to $350,000 per site. Entities receiving RLF subgrants must own the site that is the subject of the subgrant, but borrowers are not subject to the same requirement. An RLF Grant recipient cannot make a loan or a subgrant to a party who may be found to be potentially liable for the contamination at the brownfield site, per CERCLA § 107. In addition, the RLF Grant recipient may not make a loan or subgrant to clean up a site for which the recipient is potentially liable under CERCLA § 107.

A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) documenting the coalition’s site selection process must be in place prior to the expenditure of any funds that are awarded.


Application Resources:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

EPA Regional Contacts and States:

EPA Region 1
Dorrie Paar
Phone: (617) 918-1432

EPA Region 2
Alison Devine
Phone: (212) 637-4158

EPA Region 3
Gianna Rosati
Phone: (215) 814-3406

EPA Region 4
Brian Gross
Phone: (404) 562-8604

EPA Region 5
Matt Didier
Phone: (312) 353-2112

EPA Region 6
Paul Johnson
Phone: (214) 665-2246

EPA Region 7
Jonathan Harrington
Phone: (913) 551-7894

EPA Region 8
Melisa Devincenzi
Phone: (303) 312-6377

EPA Region 9
Noemi Emeric-Ford
Phone: (213) 244-1821

EPA Region 10
Terri Griffith
Phone: (206) 553-8511

For full details including the states of each region and the address, see contact:
Jerry Minor-Gordon

Organizations that do not have the technical capability to apply electronically through because of limited or no Internet access must contact by hard copy or email at least 15 calendar days prior to the submission deadline to request approval to submit their application materials through an alternate method:

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

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