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Cooperative Agreements to USA Agencies, Nonprofits, and Tribes to Assist Communities in Addressing Brownfield Sites

Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Grants

GrantWatch ID# 206799
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-22-11
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Important Dates
Conference Date: 12/07/22
Deadline: 02/14/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Cooperative agreements to USA government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and Tribes to assist communities in addressing brownfield sites. Applicants are advised that registrations may take a month or more to complete. Funding is intended to help communities assess, clean up, and prepare brownfield sites for redevelopment, especially underserved/rural/small and distressed communities.

The technical assistance provided through these agreements will cover technical support on various brownfields subject areas. Regardless of the mechanism by which the technical assistance is made available, it should be geared toward results and in helping communities move its brownfield sites forward in the process toward cleanup and reuse. In addition, understanding the underlying technical issues associated with a brownfield site will enable communities to participate substantively in brownfield site decisions. For the purposes of this solicitation, technical assistance is defined as providing advice and support, in the form of specialized knowledge, to a person or organization with the goal of guiding them through the brownfield assessment, cleanup and revitalization process or helping them understand complex brownfields-related subject matters. The recipient will provide technical assistance, consistent with EPA policy and procedures, and serve as an independent source of information to assist communities.

For a list of eligible activities, see page 5 of the RFA in Attached Files below. 

The TAB cooperative agreement recipients will be encouraged to collaborate with EPA staff in the respective EPA regional office(s) on activities that benefit communities located in the respective regional office.

Applicants may propose other types of technical assistance activities that meet the needs of communities affected by brownfields in the geographic areas they propose to serve as long as the activities are eligible for funding under CERCLA 104(k)(7) and meet the cost allowability requirements in 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart E, 2 CFR Part 1500 and EPA interpretive guidance.

For a Description of Subject Areas for Technical Assistance, see page 6 of the RFA in Attached Files below.

Technical Assistance for Brownfields eligible uses of cooperative agreement funds include direct costs necessary to provide brownfields technical assistance identified in the approved work plan. This includes eligible programmatic costs necessary to perform your project, such as: costs for personnel, technical experts, materials, supplies, room rentals, employee travel, and transportation expenses.


  • 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. 15
• 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.
• 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.)

Additional Geographic Information:

The geographic areas are:
• Geographic Area #1 includes EPA Region 1 (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)
• Geographic Area #2 includes EPA Region 2 (NJ, NY, PR, VI)
• Geographic Area #3 includes EPA Region 3 (DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV)
• Geographic Area #4 includes EPA Region 4 (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN)
• Geographic Area #5 includes EPA Region 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI)
• Geographic Area #6 includes EPA Region 6 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX)
• Geographic Area #7 includes EPA Region 7 (IA, KS, NE, MO)
• Geographic Area #8 includes EPA Region 8 (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY)
• Geographic Area #9 includes EPA Region 9 (AZ, CA, HI, NV, AS, GU)
• Geographic Area #10 includes EPA Region 10 (AK, ID, OR, WA)
• Geographic Area #11 includes nationwide coverage to all regions, states, and tribes

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 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 application preparation;
5. a penalty or fine;
6. a federal cost share requirement (for example, a cost share required by other federal funds);
7. 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);
8. a cost of compliance with any federal law, excluding the cost of compliance with laws applicable to environmental cleanup; or
9. unallowable costs (e.g., lobbying) under 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart E

Pre-Proposal Conference
EPA will host an outreach webinar for prospective applicants on December 7, 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).

In order to submit an application through, your organization
• 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 15 of the RFA in Attached Files below.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
EPA anticipates awarding up to 11 cooperative agreement(s).

Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum funding for applications supporting geographic areas 1-10 shall not exceed $5,000,000 and the maximum funding for geographic area 11 is $3,000,000. Although an award may exceed $5,000,000 if it contains combined proposals.

Contact Information
Agency Contact:
Sahar Rana, U.S. EPA, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (MC 5105-T), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20460; Phone (202)566-2916; or email

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-22-11, in the subject line to Sahar Rana (

RFP & Supporting Documents
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