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. Revolving Loan Fund Grants provide funding for a grant recipient to capitalize a revolving loan fund and to provide loans and subgrants to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites.

Eligible Uses

Funding can be used for cleanup activities at brownfields sites for up to $1 million per applicant for a 5-year-long grant period.

Eligible Recipients

State, local, and tribal governments are all eligible recipients as well as 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

Roughly $10 million is available annually. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law invested an additional $150 million into the RLF Grant.

Cost Share Requirements

There is a 20% non-federal cost-share requirement, though this has been waived for FY2023 with BIL funding.

Application Cycle

Application solicitations are typically released in September with applications due in December.


Regional contacts

Other Info

  • 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.
  • EPA will not run an RLF Grant competition in FY24, but RLF recipients who have an open RLF cooperative agreement and meet other eligibility criteria will have an opportunity to request FY24 Supplemental Funding. The FY24 RLF Supplemental Funding Instructions are expected to be posted in February 2024. In the meantime, interested RLF recipients can review last year’s eligibility criteria in the FY23 RLF Supplemental Funding Instructions, and contact your assigned EPA Project Officer with any questions.