The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law established both the PROTECT Formula and Discretionary Grant Programs. The PROTECT Discretionary Grants Program funds projects on a competitive basis that address the climate crisis by … Read more
The Brownfields Program is designed to empower states, tribes, communities, and other stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfield properties, like preserving them as greenspace. A Multipurpose Grant is for communities that have identified an area (like a neighborhood) with one or more brownfield sites.
This program provides funding to conduct a range of eligible activities that ultimately result in a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (an assessment that tests for possible soil, air, and groundwater pollution), a brownfield site clean up, and a Revitalization Plan.
Recipients may use a portion of the Multipurpose Grant for eligible participant support costs, which can include stipends to compensate an individual’s time and travel costs for participating in project-related meetings and community engagement efforts.
State, local, and tribal governments are all eligible, including Tribal organizations and non-profit organizations. Nonprofit organizations that conduct political lobbying, like 501(c)(4) registered nonprofits, are not eligible for EPA funding.
Approx Annual Funding Amount
This varies year by year, though it typically is funded around $14 million. Grants are for up to five years and are capped at $800,000 per project. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law invested an additional $150 million into the Multipurpose Grant.
Cost Share Requirements
It varies year to year if the program requires a cost share; there is no cost share required for FY23.
Application solicitations are typically released in September with applications due in December.
- This program is covered under the Justice40 Initiative.
- A brownfield is a property that may contain a pollutant, hazardous substance, or contaminant, which creates a barrier to redeveloping that property.