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Brownfields Assessment Grants

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 66.818
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Oct 28, 2020

Jerry Minor-Gordon

A list of regional agency contacts is available in the application instructions.


Brownfields Assessment Grants provide funding for developing inventories of brownfield sites, prioritizing sites, conducting community involvement activities, conducting planning, conducting site assessments, developing site-specific cleanup plans, and developing reuse plans related to brownfield sites.

The goal of the Brownfields program is to assist in planning the cleanup, development, and reuse of property that may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Properties can be redeveloped for housing, industry, or public green spaces.

There are 3 options for assessment grants.

  • Community-Wide Assessment Grants: When a specific site is not identified and the applicant plans to spend grant funds on more than one brownfield site in the community
  • Site-Specific Assessment Grants: When a specific site is identified and the applicant plans to spend grant funds on this one site only
  • Assessment Coalition Grants: For 3 or more eligible entities who will perform Assessment Grant activities on at least 5 brownfield sites within their communities

A critical part of EPA's brownfields program is to ensure that residents living in communities historically affected by economic disinvestment, health disparities, and environmental contamination are able to benefit from brownfields redevelopment.

In addition to the assessment grants, there are 3 other funding opportunities under the brownfields program.


The applicant must own the brownfields site at the time of application. Eligible applicants include:

  • State, local, and tribal governments, with the exception of certain Alaskan tribes
  • General purpose units of local government
  • Land clearance authorities, or other quasi-governmental entities
  • Regional councils or redevelopment agencies
  • Government entities created by state legislature
  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations
  • Limited liability partnerships in which all general partners are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or limited liability corporations whose sole members are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations

Grantees that received a FY 2019 Brownfields Multipurpose Grant may not apply for a FY 2021 Assessment Grant.

Specific eligibility requirements are listed in the application instructions.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Expected number of awards: 87
Project period: Up to 3 years
Estimated total program funding: 32,000,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement, application instructions, and the online application process are available through and the EPA website.

Tagged as
Community and economic development · Environmental health · Health disparities · Housing and homelessness · Planning and strategy methods and resources · Public health

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