The EPA has opened up $235 million in funding to help counties assess and clean up brownfields in their communities.
Last week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $235 million in grants to assess and clean up polluted brownfield sites across the country. The new grants through EPA’s Brownfields Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup (MAC) program will advance environmental justice and help transform what were once polluted, vacant, and abandoned properties into community assets while spurring economic revitalization in underserved communities. The EPA anticipates awarding approximately 200 grants nationwide this cycle at amounts ranging from $500,000 to $5 million per award.
EPA’s Brownfields Program began in 1995 and has provided nearly $2.37 billion in Brownfield Grants to assess and clean up contaminated properties and return blighted properties to productive reuse. Prior to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, this program made approximately $60 million available each year.
Applications for the Brownfields Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup (MAC) grants are due by November 13, 2023, via grants.gov. The Notices of Funding Opportunity are posted on grants.gov.
A copy of the FY24 Guidelines and other application resources are available on the Multipurpose, Assessment, RLF, and Cleanup (MARC) Grant Application Resources webpage. The Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization will also host outreach webinars on September 26, 2023, and September 27, 2023, to explain the guidelines for interested applicants and to address commonly asked questions. Prior registration is not required.
- Link for the Multipurpose and Assessment grants webinar at noon on September 26.
- Link for the Cleanup grants webinar at 1:00pm on September 27.