Have a blighted property? Got properties with a questionable environmental history? Chances are you have brownfields. Brownfields are properties that are abandoned or underutilized due to contamination or the perception of contamination. They include a variety of sites, including abandoned schools and hospitals, former factories, mine-scarred lands, gas stations and dry cleaning sites.
There are resources out there to assist communities, nonprofits and quasi-governmental agencies in assessing and remediating their problem properties, allowing communities to get those properties back into productive reuse.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released guidance for the FY 2019 Brownfield Grants. This round of federal grants includes funding for multipurpose, assessment and cleanup grant funds. The grants are open to local governments and quasi-governmental agencies and nonprofits.
Guidance for the grants and other valuable information, including Frequently Asked Questions and changes in this year’s guidance, are posted on the EPA Brownfield funding page. Grant writing tools, including checklists, sample support letters and successful grant applications, can be found on the Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program website’s grant writing resources page. Grants are due to the EPA on Jan. 31, 2019.
Kentucky has had great success with brownfield redevelopment though EPA grants over the past few years. Communities, nonprofits and quasi-governmental agencies have received over $14 million in competitive grant funding since 2006. These funds have been used to cleanup old theatres, former school buildings and abandoned industrial sites.
If you are interested in submitting a grant application or want to learn more about how to utilize federal brownfield grants and state resources for properties in your community with an environmental past, contact Herb Petitjean or Elizabeth McNulty for more information.