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Brownfields Grant Assistance

FY 2021 EPA Brownfields Funding Opportunities Released

Grant guidelines are now available for FY 2021 US Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Funding Opportunities. These grants may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum). Opportunities for funding are as follows: Brownfields Assessment Grants, Brownfields Multi-Purpose Grants, and Brownfields Cleanup Grants. The proposal submission deadline is October 28, 2020.

Grant Specific Guideline Documents:

To learn more:

September 14, 2020 at 12:30 CST / 1:30 PM EST

Participants may join the webinar at via conference call (dial-in number: 1-866-299-3188/ access code: 202-566-1817#).

September 30, 2020 at 1:00-2:15 CST / 2:00-3:15 pm EST

Register here:

EPA offers grants to assess and cleanup brownfields, typically on a yearly basis. The grant guidelines are released approximately 60 days before the grant applications are due. The due date changes from year to year. More information on the 104(k) brownfields grants can be found at EPA’s website.

Who is eligible to apply for funding?

Eligibility for funding depends on the type of EPA 104(k) brownfields grant being applied for, but generally local governments, quasi-governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and redevelopment agencies can be eligible. For a more comprehensive list, please visit EPA’s website.

Private parties are not eligible to apply for brownfields grants; however, private properties may be able to be assessed under an assessment grant.

To learn more about eligibility, please visit EPA’s website or call Paula Middlebrooks (TDEC- DOR) at 615-532-0926.

What types of properties are eligible for brownfield grants?

For cleanup grants, the entity applying for the grant must own the property. For assessment grants, the entity applying for the grant does not have to own the property but must have site access.

Economic and Community Development

EPA Funding Sources

EPA Grant Process

Brownfield Redevelopment Toolbox

A letter from the State environmental authority is required to be attached to all proposals for EPA 104(k) Brownfields Assessment Grants, Cleanup Grants, Multipurpose Grants, and Revolving Loan Fund Grant. If you would like to request a letter, please contact Paula Middlebrooks by email at or by phone at (615) 532-0926. Please provide a reasonable amount of notice prior to the grant proposal deadline and include the following information in your request for a letter:

  • Grant Applicant
  • Proposal Contact (name, title, email, phone number, and mailing address)
  • Type of Grant
  • Amount of Funding
  • Project Description

Would you like to host a workshop or learn more about brownfield funding?

Contact Paula Middlebrooks at (615) 532-0926 or at


Paula Middlebrooks