The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Fiscal Year 2017 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning program grants. With estimated funding of $4 million and a maximum grant amount of $200,000, the USEPA anticipates awarding approximately 20 grants.

Funded Tasks

EPA seeks to provide successful applicants with funding to conduct research and/or technical assistance activities that will enable them to develop a brownfields area-wide plan.  Funding will support preparation of an inventory of brownfields, performing site assessments and remediation, community involvement efforts or site preparations. To be competitive, a project must target one or more “high catalyst high priority” brownfield sites within the project area, and implement a plan that addresses the assessment, cleanup, and reuse of the brownfield as well as the revitalization of the area as a whole.

Qualified Applicants

A qualified applicant must be a local government or quasi-governmental entity, a recognized Indian Tribal government, a qualified regional council, or a redevelopment agency or other entity created by a State Legislature.   Qualified nonprofit organizations, including educational institutions are also eligible to apply. Individuals and “for-profit” firms are not eligible to apply.

An eligible entity may submit multiple applications, as long as each is for a different project, but an entity will not receive funding for more than one proposal, with a total funding level of no more than $200,000. Entities that received grants under this program in FY 2010, 2013, or 2015 are not eligible to apply for FY 2017 grants, except for a POWER+ project that is sited in a community/project area with at least one coal plant that was shut down since 2008.

EPA Webinar – June 16

All proposals must be submitted via www.grants.gov by 11:59 PM August 10, 2016. The EPA is offering a webinar on June 16 from 12:30-2:00 PM EDT for interested applicants to walk through the guidelines for preparing a competitive proposal. The webinar can be accessed online via http://epawebconferencing.acms.com/fy17bf_awp/ or by calling 1-866-299-3188 and entering the code 202 566 0633#. There is no need to register ahead of time.