EPA Offering Brownfields Grant Proposal Writing Webinars

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3 is offering a series Brownfield Grant Proposal Writing webinars in late November.  From the EPA:

The workshops are designed to help applicants better understand the proposal criteria and selection process.  The following topics will be addressed during the workshops: the different types of EPA Brownfields grants and the candidates eligible to apply, the grant application process including how to respond to the threshold and ranking criteria, and proposal writing tips and strategies.

Who Should Participate?

Local, county, state, and regional governments and nonprofit organizations who are currently considering applying for EPA Brownfields assessment and cleanup grants are strongly urged to participate in this training. In order to benefit most from this training, participants should first read the guidelines in their entirety, and come prepared to ask clarifying questions.

Webinar Dates:   Training is in three parts on November 12, 19, and 20, 2014.

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1. Overview of EPA’s Brownfields Program and Review of the Threshold Criteria for Assessment and Cleanup Grants:

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Time: 10:00 – 12:00 noon

Webinar Information: Phone Number 866-299-3188 Conference Code 2158144321# https://epa.connectsolutions.com/epabftraining/  (No need to log in. Just sign in as a guest.)

 2. Review of the Ranking Criteria for Cleanup Grants:

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Time: 10:00 – 12:00 noon

 Webinar Information: Phone Number 866-299-3188 Conference Code 2158144321# https://epa.connectsolutions.com/epabftraining/  (No need to log in. Just sign in as a guest.)

 3. Review of the Ranking Criteria for Assessment Grants:

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014 Time: 10:00 – 12:00 noon

Webinar InformationPhone Number 866-299-3188 Conference Code 2158144321# https://epa.connectsolutions.com/epabftraining/  (No need to log in. Just sign in as a guest.)

How to Access Training Material: Proposal Guidelines, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), and other important information can be found at the EPA Headquarters website:   http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/news/index.htm#fy2014_barlf

PowerPoint slide presentations, state contacts, ABCA example, and other useful material can be found at the EPA Region 3 website (the material is currently being updated):   http://www.epa.gov/reg3hscd/bf-lr/bf-grants.html   Very Important:   If you are applying for a cleanup grant, “Community Notification” must be completed two weeks (14 days) prior to proposal submission.  See the “Cleanup Proposal Guidelines” on page 22 for details.  Also see FAQ #6. Community Notification Includes: · Placing a community notification ad in your local newspaper or an equivalent means that you use to communicate to the targeted community(ies).   · Ad must be published at least two weeks prior to proposal submission.  Two weeks from the proposal due date (December 5, 2014) would be the last day for publication. · Ad must reference a public meeting (date and time) that must be held prior to proposal submittal to discuss the draft grant proposal and the draft Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA).   · Please note that the draft ABCA submitted as part of the proposal is intended as a brief preliminary document.  A suggested outline, with information that the ABCA must contain, can be found at FAQ #70 and #71. · Draft Proposal and Draft ABCA must be available for public review and comment and the ad must state where they are located (e.g., town hall, library, website).

Questions:

If you have any questions on how to apply for a grant or wish to discuss if your project is eligible, please contact Tom Stolle, EPA Region 3 Brownfields Coordinator, at 215-814-3129 or stolle.tom@epa.gov.

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