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Tribes for Activities to Evaluate Potentially Contaminated Areas

Brownfields Assessment Grant

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Brownfields and Land Revitalization Program

Conf. Date:

10/14/21

Deadline Date:

12/01/21 11:59 PM ET Receipt

Description:

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Cooperative agreements to USA states, nonprofit organizations, agencies, Indian tribes, and community development entities for activities to evaluate potentially contaminated or polluted areas. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take a month or more to complete.

Assessment Grants provide funding for developing inventories of brownfield sites, prioritizing sites, conducting community involvement activities, conducting planning, conducting site assessments, developing site-specific cleanup plans, and developing reuse plans related to brownfield sites. A portion of the Assessment Grant funding must be used to conduct site assessments. 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 Program is to ensure that residents living in communities historically affected by economic disinvestment, health disparities, and environmental contamination have an opportunity to reap the benefits 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.

Applicants may apply for a Community-wide and/or a Site-specific Assessment Grant, or apply for Community-wide Assessment Grant for States and Tribes.

  • Community-wide Assessment Grants are appropriate when a specific site is not identified and the applicant plans to spend grant funds on more than one brownfield site in its community.
  • Site-specific Assessment Grants are appropriate when a specific site is identified and the applicant plans to spend grant funds on this one site only.
  • Community-wide Assessment Grants for States and Tribes are only available to state agencies, tribes, and eligible native corporations in Alaska. An applicant must plan to use grant funds to assess a minimum of 10 brownfield sites in disadvantaged communities throughout its jurisdiction.

For uses of grant funds, see page 8 of the Overview in Attached Files below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148251

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$47,000,000

Number of Grants:

EPA anticipates awarding an estimated 69 Assessment Grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

In FY22, EPA is soliciting applications for the following Assessment Grant types:
- Community-wide Assessment Grants: Up to $500,000
- Site-specific Assessment Grants: Up to $350,000
- Community-wide Assessment Grants for States and Tribes: Up to $2 million

Term of Contract:

The project period for Community-wide and Site-specific Assessment Grants is up to three years and up to five years for Community-wide Assessment Grants for States and Tribes.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

EPA’s Brownfields Program provides funds to empower states, communities, tribes, and nonprofit organizations to prevent, inventory, assess, clean up, and reuse brownfield sites.

The list of entities that can apply for an FY22 Community-wide Assessment Grant for States and Tribes include:
- State.
- Indian tribe other than in Alaska and Intertribal Consortia comprised of eligible Indian tribes.
- Alaska Native Regional Corporation, Alaska Native Village Corporation, and Metlakatla Indian Community.

The following information indicates which entities are eligible to apply for a Community-wide Assessment Grant and Site-specific Assessment Grant:
- General Purpose Unit of Local Government. [For purposes of the EPA Brownfields Grant Program, EPA uses the definition of Local government at 2 CFR § 200.1: 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 Tribes from Alaska, with the exception of the Metlakatla Indian Community as noted below, from Brownfields Grant 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. This policy also may be obtained from your Regional Brownfields Contact listed in Section VII of the Overview in Attached Files below.)
- 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. For more information, please refer to the FY22 FAQs in Supporting Documents below.)
- Nonprofit organization described in 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 partnership in which all general partners are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or limited 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.

The following information indicates which entities are eligible to apply for a Community-wide Assessment Grant for States and Tribes:
- State.
- Indian tribe other than in Alaska. (The exclusion of Tribes from Alaska, with the exception of the Metlakatla Indian Community as noted below, from Brownfields Grant 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. This policy also may be obtained from your Regional Brownfields Contact listed in Section VII in Attached Files below.)
- 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). For more information, please refer to the FY22 FAQs in Supporting Documents below.)

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 Grants.

The following types of properties are not eligible for Brownfields Grant funding:
- Facilities listed (or proposed for listing) on the National Priorities List (NPL);
- Facilities subject to unilateral administrative orders, court orders, administrative orders on consent, or judicial consent decrees issued to or entered into by parties under CERCLA; and
- Facilities that are subject to the jurisdiction, custody, or control of the U.S. government. (Note: Land held in trust by the U.S. government for an Indian tribe is eligible for funding.)

For ineligible uses of funds, see page 8 of the Overview in Attached Files below.

Assessment Grant funds may not be used to conduct cleanup activities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant Guideline Outreach Webinar

EPA anticipates hosting two webinars to discuss the FY 2022 Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund (RLF), and Cleanup Grant Guidelines. Please check this webpage for updates on the links to join the webinar.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 1 PM ET - This webinar will discuss the FY 2022 guidelines for entities applying for:

- Community-Assessment Grant funding
- Site-specific Assessment Grant funding
- Cleanup Grant funding
- RLF Grant funding

Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://usepa.zoomgov.com/j/1619613747

Or by telephone (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): +1-669-254-5252 or +1-551-285-1373 or +1-646-828-7666 or +1- 669-216-1590; Webinar ID: 161 961 3747

Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 2 PM ET - This webinar will discuss the FY 2022 guidelines for entities applying for:

- Community-wide Assessment Grants for States and Tribes

Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://usepa.zoomgov.com/j/1612567306

Or by telephone (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): +1-669-254-5252 or +1-551-285-1373 or +1-646-828-7666 or +1- 669-216-1590; Webinar ID: 161 256 7306

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due December 1, 2021. Applications received after 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on December 1, 2021, will not be considered for funding.

Note: A solicitation for new Assessment Coalition Grants is not available in FY22.

Current EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant recipients must demonstrate that payment has been received from EPA (also known as ‘drawn down’), and drawn down funds have been disbursed, for at least 70.00% of each Assessment cooperative agreement they have with EPA by October 1, 2021, in order to apply for an FY22 Community-wide or Site-specific Assessment Grant.

Applicants should make every effort to complete the registration process in order to apply through www.grants.gov. However, if you are experiencing technical difficulties in applying through www.grants.gov because of operational or other issues related to COVID-19, you may request to submit the application by email. Email your request (which must include an explanation of the COVID-19 related issue you are experiencing and the specific reason you are unable to submit the application through www.grants.gov) and the complete application to Jerry Minor-Gordon by December 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET. Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. There is no guarantee EPA will accept the submission outside of www.grants.gov.

If an applicant does not have the technical capability to apply electronically through www.grants.gov because of limited or no Internet access which prevents them from being able to upload the required application materials, the applicant may request an exception for the remainder of this calendar year by following the procedures outlined at http://www.epa.gov/grants/exceptions-grantsgov-submission-requirement. Please note that the request must be received at least 15 calendar days before the application due date to allow enough time to negotiate alternative submission methods.

Applicants can apply for only one Community-wide Assessment Grant. An applicant that applies for Community-wide Assessment Grant funding may also apply for a Site-specific Assessment Grant, but may not apply for a Community-wide Assessment Grant for States and Tribes.

In order to submit an application through www.grants.gov, organizations must:
- Have an active DUNS number;
- Have an active System for Award Management (SAM) account in www.sam.gov;
- Be registered in www.grants.gov; and
- Be designated as the organization’s AOR.

The registration process for all the above items may take a month or more to complete. The electronic submission of the application must be made by the AOR of your institution who is registered with www.grants.gov and is authorized to sign applications for federal assistance.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=335878

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Eligible Entities: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/entities-eligible-receive-brownfield-grants

Application Resources: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/multipurpose-assessment-rlf-and-cleanup-marc-grant-application-resources

FAQ: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/frequently-asked-questions-about-multipurpose-assessment-rlf-and-cleanup-grants

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Jerry Minor-Gordon: minor-gordon.jerry@epa.gov

EPA Regional Brownfield Program Contacts: See page 60 of the Overview in Attached Files below.

Grants.gov Help Desk:
1-800-518-4726
support@grants.gov

CFDA Number:

66.818

Funding or Pin Number:

EPA-OLEM-OBLR-21-04

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