EPA Brownfields Program Application Guidelines
It is a familiar scene in many communities: a run-down manufacturing facility or an abandoned gas station. These sites can be considered hazardous and often considered unworkable. However, imagine that site transformed into a lively public park, a rejuvenated commercial area, or a flourishing new business. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Program helps communities of all sizes address environmentally challenged properties while nurturing economic development. The program funding creates opportunities for municipalities, government, and nonprofit organizations to accomplish revitalization within their communities.
Applying for EPA’s Brownfields program and writing the proposal can be challenging; however, preparation and planning eliminate many frustrations for both the writing and management of grants.
EPA anticipates releasing the FY21 Brownfields Program application guidelines in August 2020. Here is what you can do to start preparing today.
Develop a list of properties that remain underutilized based on perceived contamination issues (e.g. hazardous substances, petroleum, asbestos, lead-based paint, etc.). This forms the basis of the entire grant.
Identify key stakeholders
EPA wants to ensure that these grants have grassroots support and that the public is heavily involved in the decision-making process. Partnering groups include neighborhood associations, churches, economic development organizations, and schools.
Devise a public outreach strategy
Grantees need to involve and inform the community throughout the grant process. This involves a combination of outreach meetings, printed materials, and electronic communication.
Formulate potential redevelopment options
HR Green’s team has helped communities of all sizes to evaluate possible projects and assist with the development of a successful brownfields program. From grant writing through project implementation, HR Green can assist you every step of the way.
HR Green has a long history of positioning clients to receive these highly competitive federal funds. Since 2000, HR Green has written 38 successful grant applications resulting in 57 individual grants that leveraged $13.5 million in assessment, cleanup, revolving loan, and area-wide planning funds and secured more than $50 million in public and private funds directly invested on brownfield sites.
These efforts have assisted in transitioning numerous blighted properties into assets that expanded local tax bases, created jobs, stabilized declining neighborhoods, and protected human health and the environment.