AGENCY: ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)
TITLE: FY22 GUIDELINES FOR BROWNFIELD ASSESSMENT GRANTS
ACTION: Request for Applications (RFA)
RFA NO.: EPA-OLEM-OBLR-21-04
CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE (CFDA) NO.: 66.818
DATE: The closing date and time for receipt of applications is December 1, 2021, 11:59 p.m.
Eastern Time (ET). Applications must be submitted through www.grants.gov. Applications
received after 11:59 p.m. ET on December 1, 2021, will not be considered. Please refer to the
Due Date and Submission Instructions in Section IV.B. and Appendix 1 for further instructions.
SUMMARY: The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
(CERCLA), as amended by the Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development
(BUILD) Act (P.L. 115-141), requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to
publish guidance for grants to assess and clean up brownfield sites. EPA’s Brownfields Program
provides funds to empower states, communities, tribes, and nonprofit organizations to prevent,
inventory, assess, clean up, and reuse brownfield sites. This guidance provides information on
applying for Assessment Grants.
EPA continues to provide flexibility to applicants experiencing challenges related to COVID-19.
Please see the Flexibilities Available to Organizations Impacted by COVID-19 clause in
Section IV of EPA’s Solicitation Clauses at www.epa.gov/grants/epa-solicitation-clauses and the
instructions outlined in Section IV.B. of this announcement.
In FY22, EPA is soliciting applications for the following Assessment Grant types:
- Community-wide Assessment Grants – up to $500,000
- Site-specific Assessment Grants – up to $350,000
- NEW: Community-wide Assessment Grants for States and Tribes – up to $2 million
Note, a solicitation for new Assessment Coalition Grants is not available in FY22.
Entities applying for a Community-wide Assessment Grant that have flexible local laws to
conduct assessments beyond their jurisdictional boundaries can formally partner with other
eligible entities through a Memorandum of Agreement (similar to a partnership under the
Assessment Coalition model) to expand the community-wide assessment scope of work beyond
the applicant’s boundaries and to ensure site access. If selected for funding, the scope of work in
the workplan will outline the boundaries of the Community-wide Assessment Grant, describe any
partnerships and access agreements, and explain how the grant funds will be spent. A Memorandum
of Agreement (MOA) or similar agreement documenting the partnership’s site selection process
must be in place prior to the expenditure of any funds that are awarded.