Brownfields Newsroom Archive — 2011
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- Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants
Twenty-one communities in 20 states were selected to receive more than $6.2 million in Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grants to recruit, train, and place, local, unemployed, predominantly low-income and minority, residents in environmentally-impacted communities. The Agency's EWDJT Program, formerly referred to as the "Brownfields Job Training Grant Program," helps provide unemployed and under-employed individuals with the necessary skills to secure full-time, sustainable employment in the environmental field. The 21 communities will receive up to $300,000 each to train individuals in the cleanup of contaminated sites and in health and safety, while also providing training in other environmental skills, such as recycling center operator training, green building design, energy efficiency, weatherization, solar installation, construction and demolition debris recycling, emergency response, and native plant revegetation. For more information, please see the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Web page.
- Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund (RLF), Cleanup Grants & Supplemental Funding for RLF grants
Communities in 40 states and 3 Tribes will share $76 million in EPA Brownfields grants to help clean up, revitalize, and sustainably reuse contaminated properties, turning them from problem properties to productive community use. The grants, awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will provide funding to eligible entities through brownfields assessment, revolving loan fund, and cleanup grants. Since the beginning of the Brownfields Program, EPA has awarded 1,895 assessment grants totaling $447.6 million, 279 revolving loan fund grants totaling $273.1 million and752cleanup grants totaling $140.8 million.
- Funding Guidance for State and Tribal Response Programs, Fiscal Year 2011 (PDF) (27 pp, 450K)
Section 128(a) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), as amended, authorizes a noncompetitive $50 million grant program to establish and enhance state and tribal response programs. Generally, these response programs address the assessment, cleanup, and redevelopment of brownfields sites and other sites with actual or perceived contamination. This document provides guidance that will enable states and tribes to apply for and use Fiscal Year 2011 section 128(a) funds. The application deadline is January 31, 2011.
- 23 Communities selected for new Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program
EPA is providing assistance to 23 communities to facilitate community involvement in developing an area-wide plan for brownfields assessment, cleanup and subsequent reuse. Pilot program recipients will each receive up to approximately $175,000 in grant funding and/or direct technical assistance from the Agency.
- FY 2011 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Application Guidelines
EPA provides funds to eligible entities, including non-profit organizations, to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs focused on hazardous and solid waste management, assessment, and cleanup associated activities. Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grants are provided to recruit, train, and place, unemployed and under-employed, predominantly low-income and minority, residents historically affected by hazardous and solid waste sites and facilities with the skills needed to secure full-time, sustainable employment in the environmental field and in the assessment and cleanup work taking place in their communities. Formerly referred to as the "Brownfields Job Training Grants Program," the "Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants Program" supports expanded environmental training outside the traditional scope of just brownfields but builds upon the existing model and the capacity created through the Brownfields Job Training Program since its inception in 1998.
- FY2011 Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup Grant Guidelines - Request for Proposals
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 (each funded up to $200,000 over three years; coalitions are funded up to $1,000,000 over three years), Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grants (each funded up to $1,000,000 over five years) and Brownfields Cleanup Grants (each funded up to $200,000 over three years). The proposal deadline is October 15, 2010.
- FY11 Guidelines for Brownfields Assessment Grants (PDF) (51 pp, 348K)
- FY11 Guidelines for Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grants (PDF) (46 pp, 301K)
- FY11 Guidelines for Brownfields Cleanup Grants (PDF) (54 pp, 348K)
- Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) (45 pp, 231K)