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 did not run an RLF Grant competition in FY24. However, RLF recipients who have an open RLF cooperative agreement and meet other eligibility criteria have an opportunity to request FY24 Supplemental Funding. See FY 2024 Supplemental Funding Requests for Eligible Revolving Loan Fund Grants, for the FY24 Supplemental Funding Instructions, which include a sample titled “Appendix B” that RLF recipients have the option to use as a fillable PDF for their request.