USEPA Funding Resources
The US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) offers a variety of funding sources, often on an annual basis, to support brownfield redevelopment and community revitalization. Since the mid-1990s, these grants have led to widespread benefits throughout the country. The USEPA Brownfields Program alone estimates that as of November 2009, nearly 65,000 jobs have been leveraged since the program’s inception.
As a grant writing firm, BRS has developed numerous grant applications, including dozens of USEPA grant applications for many clients every year. BRS is particularly skilled in the application for and administration of the following USEPA grant types:
- Brownfields Assessment Grants: These grants are often awarded as two companion grants--$200,000 for petroleum contamination, and $200,000 for hazardous substances. The funding can be used to inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct planning and community involvement related to brownfield sites.
- Brownfields Cleanup Grants: These $200,000 grants provide funding to carry out cleanup activities at individual brownfield sites.
- Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grants: RLF grants provide $1 million to enable grantees to make low interest loans to carryout cleanup activities at brownfields properties.
- Brownfields Job Training Grants: Job training grants provide funding to recruit, train, and place residents of brownfields-impacted communities with the skills needed to secure full-time, sustainable, employment in the environmental field and in the assessment and cleanup work taking place in their communities.
- Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Grants: CARE is a competitive grant program that offers communities an innovative way to address the risks from multiple sources of toxic pollution in their environment. Through CARE, local organizations create partnerships that implement local solutions to reduce releases of toxic pollutants and minimize people’s exposure to them. BRS has successfully developed grant applications for CARE Level I grants as well as the highly competitive Level II.