2020 Brownfields National Grant Competition - All You Need to Know

It's that time of year again, getting everything together to submit for a Brownfield Grant. Here are some resources that you may find useful.

The 2020 EPA Brownfields Grant Funding Opportunities have been posted to the Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization website. These grants may be used to address properties contaminated by hazardous substances and/or petroleum. The proposals must be submitted through grants.gov and submitted no later than December 3. Visit and bookmark the OBLR grant page listed below, as more information will be added, as available:


REGION 6 Grant Chat will be held on Tuesday, November 19 at 11:00 a.m. CT and again on Thursday, November 21 at 1:30 p.m. CT—topic: General Q&A—it will be your last opportunity to ask questions before the December 3 deadline! Find out how to register here: https://www.labrownfields.org/calendar

The National Training Webinar slides and Q&A Transcripts can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/fy-2020-assessment-revolving-loan-fund-and-cleanup-grant-application-resources

From EPA TAB—Technical ASSISTANCE to BROWNFIELDS grantee—Kansas State university


Kansas State University (KSU) provides free site re-use planning and visioning services, and site inventory and prioritization assistance to local governments that don’t have the resources to get this done on their own. This assistance is usually enough to “start the ball rolling,” for developing strategies and to attract funds to do more extensive planning work and to redevelop brownfields. For more information, please contact Blase Leven, the TAB Program Coordinator at Kansas State University, baleven@ksu.edu, 785-532-0780 or Scott Nightingale, scottnight@ksu.edu at 785-532- 6028. A complete description of services and tools is available at: https://www.ksutab.org/services.

For grant proposal review scheduling, please direct your requests to Maggie Egbarts, maggiejessie@ksu.edu, 785-532-0782.

TAB-EZ, an excellent grant writing assistance tool has now been updated for 2020 and is live-- https://www.ksutab.org/login?ref=TABEZ

The online tool TAB EZ, provides a template which is configured for the type of Assessment or Cleanup application you are writing to help in drafting your application. Drafts can then be exported to an MSWord (.doc) file for final editing and packaging before submittal. You can start using TAB EZ by clicking the link below.

Users working in TAB EZ before the update should create a new application template for the FY20 competition. Those who have been writing in TAB EZ prior to the FY20 update should export their drafts to an MSWord file, using the button at the bottom page of the proposal outline screen, and enter (or copy/paste) content into a new template created for the FY20 competition.

Returning Users and New Users who have not previously set up an account can do so by clicking the link below. (If you have questions please contact Sheree Walsh, chsr@ksu.edu, 785-532-6519.)

The National Training Webinar recording is LIVE and can be found, along with the slides and Q&A Transcripts at: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/multipurpose-assessment-rlf-and-cleanup-marc-grant-application-res All located about 1/3 of the way down the page under “OPEN SOLICITATIONS—GRANT GUIDELINE OUTREACH WEBINAR”


EPA has also launched a new EPA Grants Management Training for Applicants and Recipients, which is intended for all applicant types. This training covers the basics of applying for and managing an EPA assistance agreement. The content is divided into the following six modules:

Module 1, Introduction to EPA Grants

Module 2, Demonstrating Financial Management System and Internal Controls Capability

Module 3, Applying for a Grant

Module 4, Accepting a Grant Award

Module 5, Managing a Grant

Module 6, Closing Out a Grant

This training is not mandatory, but it is recommended for all EPA recipients and applicants. Please see RAIN-2019-08 for more information about this training.

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