EPA Brownfield Grant Applications Due in December

Guidance is available online for those who wish to apply

Do you own a blighted property or want to develop one with a questionable environmental history? You may have a brownfield – a property that has been abandoned or underutilized due to contamination or the perception of contamination.

Grants are available through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) FY 2020 brownfield grant program to assess and remediate these properties to get them back to productive use. The grants are open to local governments, nonprofits and quasi-governmental agencies.

  • Assessment grants allow communities to inventory, characterize, assess, conduct cleanup planning, and encourage involvement around sites in their communities.
  • Cleanup grants are used to perform remediation activities at brownfield sites.
  • Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) grants are used to establish grant and loan programs for cleanup activities.

The EPA has released guidance for the FY 2020 brownfield grants on the EPA brownfield funding page. Grant writing resources, including checklists, sample support letters and successful grant applications, can be found on the Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program website.

Grant applications are due to the EPA on Dec. 3, 2019.

The Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program staff can provide review and feedback on grant applications as can staff from the regional New Jersey Institute of Technology Technical Assistance for Brownfields.

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 eric.eisiminger@ky.gov or elizabeth.mcnulty@ky.gov for more information.