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Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes for Technical Assistance to Assess and Remediate Brownfield Sites

Brownfields Training, Research, and Technical Assistance Grant

GrantWatch ID# 186479
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (OBLR)
CFDA Number: 66.814
Funding or PIN Number: EPA-I-OLEM-OBLR-22-12
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Important Dates
Conference Date: 12/08/22
Deadline: 02/14/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Cooperative agreements to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and Tribes to provide technical assistance, research, and training to catalog, assess, and remediate brownfield sites. Required registrations may take a month or more to complete. Applicants must propose projects that are nationwide in scope.

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 and Land Revitalization 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.

The EPA’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (OBLR) is soliciting applications for funding under Section 104(k)(7) of CERCLA, which authorizes funding to eligible entities to provide training, research, and technical assistance to facilitate the inventory of brownfield sites, site assessments, remediation of brownfield sites, community involvement, or site preparation.

Grants awarded under this solicitation will help communities, organizations, government agencies, nonprofits, and individuals tackle the challenge of cleaning up and revitalizing brownfield properties.

The EPA anticipates awarding approximately one grant in each of the five topic areas below:

  1. Nation-wide technical assistance for Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) grant  recipients (RLF TA)
  2. Nation-wide technical assistance to nonprofits seeking to reuse brownfields sites (Nonprofits TA)
  3. Nation-wide technical assistance to local government leaders on developing and/or operating brownfields programs within their jurisdictions (Local Government TA)
  4. Research, technical assistance, and related outreach on minimizing displacement resulting from brownfields assessment, cleanup and reuse (Anti-displacement research)
  5. Research, technical assistance, and related outreach on land banking approaches for brownfields revitalization (Land banks research)

For a Description of the Subject Areas, see page 6 of the Guidelines document in Attached Files below. 

Eligible uses of grant funds include direct costs necessary to provide brownfields research and technical assistance identified in the approved workplan. This includes eligible programmatic costs necessary to perform the project, such as: costs for personnel, technical experts, materials, supplies, room rentals, travel, and transportation expenses for recipient personnel and program beneficiaries. 


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

Additional Eligibility Criteria
The following information indicates which entities are eligible to apply for this cooperative agreement:
• General Purpose Unit of Local Government. [For purposes of the EPA Brownfields cooperative agreement Program, a “local government” is defined as stated under 2 CFR § 200.64.: 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 or group of General-Purpose Units of Local Government.
• Redevelopment Agency that is chartered or otherwise sanctioned by a state.
• State.
• Indian tribe other than in Alaska. (The exclusion of Alaskan Tribes from Brownfields cooperative agreement 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.)
• 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.)
• Nonprofit organization exempt from taxation under 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 liability partnership in which all general partners are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or limited liability 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. 26
• Other Nonprofit organizations. (For purposes of this cooperative agreement program, the term “nonprofit organization” 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; 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.)

Note, individuals, 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 cooperative agreements.

Funds cannot be used for the payment of:
1. Conducting site assessments or actual cleanups;
2. Construction and land acquisition;
3. Foreign travel;
4. Direct costs for Federal, state or private grant application preparation with the exception of incidental use of data or guidance materials by grant applicants;
5. Writing or reviewing grant applications;
6. A penalty or fine;
7. A federal cost share requirement (for example, a cost share required by other federal funds);
8. Administrative costs, including all indirect costs and direct costs for cooperative agreement administration, in excess of five (5) percent of the total amount of EPA cooperative agreement funding, with the exception of financial and performance reporting costs (which are considered allowable programmatic costs and not subject to the 5% limitation);
9. A cost of compliance with any federal law, excluding the cost of compliance with laws applicable to environmental cleanup; or
10. Unallowable costs (e.g., lobbying) under 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart E. of the Guidelines document in Attached Files below.

Pre-Proposal Conference
EPA will host an outreach webinar for prospective applicants on December 8, 2022 from 1-2:30pm EST no advance registration is required. Join via Zoom at:

Pre-Application Information
The closing date and time for receipt of applications is February 14, 2023, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET)

Applicants wishing to apply for multiple topic areas must submit a separate application for each topic area they plan to support.

In order 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.

Matching funds are not required under this competition. For information about leveraging, see page 26 of the Guidelines document in Attached Files below.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
The EPA anticipates awarding five cooperative agreements.

Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum value of each grant will be based on the particular project but will not exceed $1,000,000 over a five-year project period each for topics 1, 2, and 3 and will not exceed $500,000 over a four-year project period for topics 4, and 5 under this competitive opportunity.

Term of Contract
Cooperative agreements will be awarded over a 4-year or 5-year period of performance, depending on the subject area of focus.

Contact Information
Agency Contact:
Matthew Wosje, U.S. EPA, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (MC 5105-T), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20460; Phone (202) 566-1060;

If applicants experience technical issues during the submission of an application that they are unable to resolve, follow these procedures before the application deadline date:
1. Contact the Support Center before the application deadline date at 1-800- 518-4726 or
2. Document the ticket/case number.
3. Send an email with the Funding Opportunity Number, EPA-I-OLEM-OBLR-22-12, in the subject line to Matt Wosje (

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