Brownfields Training, Research, and Technical Assistance Grants and Cooperative Agreements

 

CERCLA 104(k)(6) provides EPA with authority for a program of training, research, and technical assistance to individuals and organizations to facilitate the inventory of brownfields properties, assessments, cleanup of brownfields properties, community involvement, or site preparation. Brownfield sites are real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2014: Using a competitive grants process, EPA intends to select proposals and award cooperative agreements for training, research, and technical assistance related to brownfields. EPA also intends to incrementally fund projects with satisfactory project progress selected in previous 104(k)(6) training, research, and technical assistance competitions. The Agency gives preference to the ten statutory ranking criteria, as applicable, found at CERCLA 104(k)(5)(C) (see [180] CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS, below) when evaluating applications for research, training and technical assistance funding. In addition to the statutory criteria, EPA also evaluates applicants based on their ability to manage grants and other policy-based factors intended to promote effective stewardship of federal funds. By statute, 25% of the funding for CERCLA 104(k) must be used for characterization, assessment, and remediation of brownfields sites contaminated by petroleum or petroleum products. No more than 15% of the funding appropriated for CERCLA 104(k) grants may be used to fund training, research, and technical assistance grants authorized by CERCLA 104(k)(6). EPA expects to solicit, select and award cooperative agreements for other Research, Training and Technical Assistance (k6) grants. EPA will first determine specific brownfields project topics and include those project topics in the solicitation. Brownfields project topics are anticipated to be: technical assistance to environmental workforce development and job training (EWDJT) grantees; technical assistance on the integration of environmental justice and equitable development for brownfields-impacted communities; research on the benefits of brownfields redevelopment; and technical assistance on brownfields financing and economic development strategies to brownfields-impacted communities. EPA expects to award approximately four cooperative agreements, with funding per cooperative agreement totalling up to $1M, to be funded incrementally over a five-year period. The total funding anticipated for this grant opportunity is approximately $4 million. EPA expects to solicit proposals for the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning (BF AWP) Program in FY14, but recipient selection and cooperative agreement awards to be made in FY 15. Under this funding opportunity, EPA anticipates awarding approximately 20 cooperative agreements to facilitate community involvement and conduct research, training and technical assistance necessary to develop area-wide plans and implementation strategies which will help facilitate brownfields assessment, cleanup and subsequent reuse. The total funding amount for the BF AWP program is anticipated to be approximately $4 million, or up to $200,000 per grant award.
Based on their satisfactory progress, EPA intends to incrementally fund cooperative agreements that the Agency had awarded in previous years. In FY14, the total incremental funding to cooperative agreements awarded in previous years under CFDA 66.814 is expected to be over $3 million. For certain competitive funding opportunities, the Agency may limit eligibility to a particular subset of eligible applicants. The amount of financial assistance will vary.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2014: Using a competitive grants process, EPA intends to select proposals and award cooperative agreements for training, research, and technical assistance related to brownfields. EPA also intends to incrementally fund projects with satisfactory project progress selected in previous 104(k)(6) training, research, and technical assistance competitions. The Agency gives preference to the ten statutory ranking criteria, as applicable, found at CERCLA 104(k)(5)(C) (see [180] CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS, below) when evaluating applications for research, training and technical assistance funding. In addition to the statutory criteria, EPA also evaluates applicants based on their ability to manage grants and other policy-based factors intended to promote effective stewardship of federal funds. By statute, 25% of the funding for CERCLA 104(k) must be used for characterization, assessment, and remediation of brownfields sites contaminated by petroleum or petroleum products. No more than 15% of the funding appropriated for CERCLA 104(k) grants may be used to fund training, research, and technical assistance grants authorized by CERCLA 104(k)(6).
EPA expects to select and award cooperative agreement awards for the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning (BF AWP) program. Under this funding opportunity, EPA anticipates awarding approximately 20 cooperative agreements to facilitate community involvement and conduct research, training and technical assistance necessary to develop area-wide plans and implementation strategies which will help facilitate brownfields assessment, cleanup and subsequent reuse. The total funding amount for the BF AWP program is anticipated to be approximately $4 million, or up to $200,000 per grant award. EPA expected to solicit, select and award cooperative agreement(s) the State Support Grant program. Total funding for this program is anticipated to be approximately $1 million, or approximately $200,000 per year for five years. Based on their satisfactory progress, EPA intends to incrementally fund cooperative agreements that the Agency had awarded in previous years under CFDA 66.814. For certain competitive funding opportunities, the Agency may limit eligibility to a particular subset of eligible applicants. The amount of financial assistance will vary.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2015: Using a competitive grants process, EPA intends to select proposals and award cooperative agreements for training, research, and technical assistance related to brownfields. EPA also intends to incrementally fund projects with satisfactory project progress selected in previous 104(k)(6) training, research, and technical assistance competitions.

The Agency gives preference to the ten statutory ranking criteria, as applicable, found at CERCLA 104(k)(5)(C) (see [180] CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS, below) when evaluating applications for research, training and technical assistance funding. In addition to the statutory criteria, EPA also evaluates applicants based on their ability to manage grants and other policy-based factors intended to promote effective stewardship of federal funds. Up to 25% of the funding for CERCLA 104(k) may be used for characterization, assessment, and remediation of brownfields sites contaminated by petroleum or petroleum products. No more than 15% of the funding appropriated for CERCLA 104(k) grants may be used to fund training, research, and technical assistance grants authorized by CERCLA 104(k)(6). For certain competitive funding opportunities, the Agency may limit eligibility to a particular subset of eligible applicants. The amount of financial assistance will vary.

EPA expects to select and award cooperative agreement awards for the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning (BF AWP) program. Under this funding opportunity, EPA anticipates awarding approximately 20 cooperative agreements to facilitate community involvement and conduct the necessary research, training and technical assistance activities that will help the cooperative agreement recipients develop area-wide plans and implementation strategies to facilitate brownfields assessment, cleanup and subsequent reuse. The total funding amount for the BF AWP program is anticipated to be approximately $4 million, or up to $200,000 per grant award.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2016: Using a competitive grants process, EPA intends to select proposals and award cooperative agreements for training, research, and technical assistance related to brownfields. EPA also intends to incrementally fund projects with satisfactory project progress selected in previous 104(k)(6) training, research, and technical assistance competitions.

The Agency gives preference to the ten statutory ranking criteria, as applicable, found at CERCLA 104(k)(5)(C) (see [180] CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS, below) when evaluating applications for research, training and technical assistance funding. In addition to the statutory criteria, EPA also evaluates applicants based on their ability to manage grants and other policy-based factors intended to promote effective stewardship of federal funds. By statute, 25% of the funding for CERCLA 104(k) must be used for characterization, assessment, and remediation of brownfields sites contaminated by petroleum or petroleum products. No more than 15% of the funding appropriated for CERCLA 104(k) grants may be used to fund training, research, and technical assistance grants authorized by CERCLA 104(k)(6).

For certain competitive funding opportunities, the Agency may limit eligibility to a particular subset of eligible applicants. The amount of financial assistance will vary.

EPA anticipates soliciting proposals and selecting cooperative agreement recipients for the Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB) Program in FY16. Under this funding opportunity, cooperative agreement recipients provide technical assistance related to a variety of brownfields issues to communities within their regional service area. Total funding for this program is estimated to be approximately $11 million. Each grant award will be incrementally funded over a project period up to five years.

EPA anticipates soliciting proposals and selecting recipients for the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning (BF AWP) Program in FY16. The funds will help each grant recipient conduct community involvement and other research, training and technical assistance activities needed to develop area-wide plans and implementation strategies, which are used to facilitate brownfields assessment, cleanup and subsequent reuse. The total funding amount for a FY16 BF AWP program is anticipated to be approximately $5 million.

EPA anticipates soliciting proposals and selecting recipients for a State Technical Assistance and Resource Team (START) cooperative agreement. This funding will help states create a team that provides technical assistance to small, rural and distressed communities address local brownfields issues. The total funding amount for a FY16 START grant program is anticipated to be approximately $2 million.

EPA anticipates soliciting proposals and selecting one or more recipient(s) for a FY16 tribal-focused technical assistance cooperative agreement. Under this funding opportunity, the recipient(s) will provide direct technical assistance to tribes to help them address local brownfield issues. Total funding is estimated to be up to $1.5 million, funded incrementally over a project period up to five years.

EPA anticipates soliciting proposals and selecting one or more recipient(s)for a FY16 State Support Grant program. Total funding for this program is anticipated to be approximately $1 million, incrementally funded over a project period up to five years.

Based on their satisfactory progress, EPA intends to incrementally fund cooperative agreements that the Agency had awarded in previous years.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
66.814
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Office: Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: In FY 2014, EPA selected four entities to receive cooperative agreements for other Research, Training and Technical Assistance (k6) grants. Funding per cooperative agreement totals up to $1 million, funded incrementally over a five-year period. The total funding for this grant opportunity is approximately $4 million.



EPA incrementally funded cooperative agreements that the Agency had awarded in previous years, including incremental funding to TAB and other training/technical assistance recipients. In FY 2014, the total incremental funding to cooperative agreements awarded in previous years was over $3.6 million. Fiscal Year 2015: EPA expects to award approximately 20 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning (BF AWP) program cooperative agreements. Recipients will use the grant funding to facilitate community involvement and conduct the necessary research, training and technical assistance activities that will help them develop area-wide plans and implementation strategies to facilitate brownfields assessment, cleanup and subsequent reuse. The total funding amount for the BF AWP program is anticipated to be approximately $4 million, or up to $200,000 per grant award.



EPA intends to incrementally fund cooperative agreements approximately six cooperative agreements that the Agency had awarded in previous years. The total FY 2015 incremental funding to cooperative agreements awarded in previous years is expected to be approximately $1 million. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Authorization
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, Section 101(39)&104k(6), 42 U.S.C 9604(k)(6).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
CERCLA 104(k)(6) cites eligible entities as: a general purpose unit of local government; a land clearance authority or other quasi-governmental entity that operates under the supervision and control of, or as an agent of, a general purpose unit of local government; a government entity created by a State legislature; a regional council or group of general purpose units of local government; a redevelopment agency that is chartered or otherwise sanctioned by a State; a State (note CERCLA 107(27) defines term "State" to include territories or possessions over which the United States has jurisdiction); an Indian Tribe other than in Alaska; an Alaska Native Regional Corporation, Alaska Native Village Corporation and the Metlakatla Indian Community. Nonprofit organizations are also eligible for training, research, and technical assistance grants. Nonprofit organizations must meet the definition of that term in Section 4(6) of the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999, Public Law 96-107, 31 U.S.C. 6101 Note: Under this definition, colleges, universities, and community colleges are eligible to apply. However, nonprofit organizations described in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying activities as defined in Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 are not eligible to apply. For profit organizations are not eligible to apply. For certain competitive funding opportunities under this CFDA description, the Agency may limit eligibility to compete to a number or subset of eligible applicants consistent with the Agency's Assistance Agreement Competition Policy.
Beneficiary Eligibility
State, Tribal (an Indian Tribe other than in Alaska; an Alaska Native Regional Corporation, Alaska Native Village Corporation and the Metlakatla Indian Community), and local governments, communities with Brownfields sites and their residents, community groups, universities and colleges, industry, and other public and private institutions and individuals.
Credentials/Documentation
EPA may request that applicants document their non-profit status. The Agency may also request that applicants demonstrate they have appropriate background, academic training, and experience in the field to carry out projects. EPA may ask applicants for research projects to provide curriculum vitae and relevant publications. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Regarding pre-application/pre-proposal assistance with respect to competitive funding opportunities under this program description, EPA will generally specify the nature of the pre-application/pre-proposal assistance, if any, that will be available to applicants in the competitive announcement. For additional information, contact the individual(s) listed as "Information Contacts" or see Appendix IV of the Catalog.This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. See Appendix 1 for additional information regarding SPOC's. If there is no single point of contact for the state, or the state has not selected this program for review, applicants must contact directly affected state area-wide regional and local entities prior to award. (See 40 CFR 29.7(b)). Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by 2 CFR 200 and 1500 must be used for this program. EPA requires final applications to be made on Standard Form 424. Requests for application kits must be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency, Grants and Interagency Agreements Management Division, 3903R, Washington, DC 20460 or through the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. This is a competitive grant program. Requests for Initial Proposals or Requests for Applications will specify application procedures. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through http://www.grants.gov.


Award Procedure
EPA is required by statute to conduct this assistance program competitively. For competitive awards, EPA will review and evaluate applications, proposals, and/or submissions in accordance with the terms, conditions, and criteria stated in the competitive announcement. Competitions will be conducted in accordance with EPA policies/regulations for competing assistance agreements.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 180 days.
Appeals
Assistance agreement competition-related disputes will be resolved in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures published in 70 FR (Federal Register) 3629, 3630 (January 26, 2005). Copies of these procedures may also be requested by contacting the individual(s) listed as "Information Contacts." Disputes relating to matters other than the competitive selection of recipients will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.
Renewals
EPA may incrementally fund grants and cooperative agreements under this program. Approval of subsequent funding increments is dependent on satisfactory project progress, continued relevance of the project to EPA's priorities, and availability of funds. Incremental funding is subject to review and approval by the Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. The funded grants and cooperative agreements are not eligible for renewal.
How are proposals selected?
This is a competitive grant program. The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement.
How may assistance be used?
Funds awarded under Section 104(k)(6) of CERCLA must be used for training, research, and technical assistance to individuals and organizations, to facilitate the inventory of brownfields properties, site assessments, cleanup of brownfields properties, community involvement, or site preparation. Grants and cooperative agreements are available to support recipients' eligible and allowable direct costs incurred under an approved work plan plus allowable programmatic costs, in accordance with established EPA policies and regulations. Costs incurred under CERCLA 104(k)(6) grants or cooperative agreements may not be used for an administrative cost, penalty or fine, a Federal cost-share requirement, a response cost for which the recipient of the grant or cooperative agreement is potentially liable under CERCLA 107, or the cost of complying with a Federal law, with the exception of the costs of laws applicable to cleanup of Brownfields sites. Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging while driving company-owned or -rented vehicles or government-owned vehicles, or while driving privately-owned vehicles when on official government business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the government. Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to conduct initiatives of the type described in section 3(a) of the Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving Executive Order that was signed on October 1, 2009.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. Reporting requirements are identified at 2 CFR 200 and 1500. EPA may include additional information regarding the content and frequency of reporting requirements in the terms and conditions of the agreements. Quarterly progress reports are generally required as part of the terms and conditions of the grants and cooperative agreements. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, other EPA staff, or any authorized representative of the Federal government. Reviews by the EPA Project Officer and the Grants Specialist may occur each year.
Records
Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate changes to each grant must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained until expiration of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of audit, related records must be retained until the matter is completely resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: For training, research and technical assistance grants, EPA will not require that applicants include a match or cost share unless required by the terms of a competitive announcement. Even if EPA decides not to require matching funds, a statutory factor in ranking applications under Section 104(k)(6) is the extent to which EPA financial assistance will stimulate the availability of other funds for environmental assessment or remediation, and subsequent reuse of Brownfields sites. Applicants may be encouraged to provide information regarding resources (cash/in-kind services) that they, or a project partner, would commit to efforts receiving EPA financial assistance. This program has no statutory formula.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
EPA generally funds grants and cooperative agreements incrementally on a 12 month basis. However, EPA may fully fund any cooperative agreement at the time of award. EPA will negotiate the project period with each applicant based on project requirements. The project period can range anywhere from two to five years. The anticipated period of performance for the TAB cooperative agreements is five years. The anticipated period of performance for the BF AWP cooperative agreements is two years. The anticipated period of performance for other technical assistance, research or training grants is usually up to five years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: EPA generally funds the research, training, and technical assistance grants and cooperative agreements incrementally on a 12-month basis. However, EPA can negotiate the assistance award with each applicant based on project requirements (for example, usually EPA fully funds the two-year Brownfields Area-Wide Planning grants at initial award).
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
Headquarters Office
David Lloyd, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, OSWER, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: lloyd.davidr@epa.gov Phone: (202) 566-2777.
Website Address
http://www.epa.gov/brownfields
Financial Information
Account Identification
68-0103-0-1-304.
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $3,663,087; FY 15 est $5,000,000; and FY 16 est $10,600,000 - For FY 2014 the program obligated $3,663,087 in new and incremental funding to cooperative agreements awarded under this CFDA.

For FY2015, EPA expects to award approximately $5 million in new and incremental funding for cooperative agreements awarded under this CDFA. This includes approximately $4 million for new awards made under the the FY 2015 Brownfields Area-wide Planning Program and approximately $1 million in incremental funding for other Research, Training and Technical Assistance (k6) grants awarded in previous years.

At this time the total funding estimated for FY 2016 is approximately $10.6 million. This amount is based on the following anticipated funding opportunities:

-Based on their satisfactory progress, EPA intends to incrementally fund cooperative agreements that the Agency had awarded in previous years under CFDA 66.814 with approximately $1 million of those funds.

-Up to $5 million is anticipated for a FY16 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning grant program.

-Up to $2.2 million is anticipated for a FY16 Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Communities Program.

-Approximately $2 million is anticipated for a FY16 State Technical Assistance and Resource Team (START) Program.

-EPA expects the remaining funds to support initial funding of new state support grant recipient(s) and new tribal technical assistance recipient(s).
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Historically, the Brownfields Training, Research, and Technical Assistance cooperative agreements have ranged anywhere from $115,000 to $2,000,000 over the entire cooperative agreement, depending on the specific focus area of solicitation and the project period of the award (typically 2-5 years)

New awards made under the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning grant are up to $200,000. New awards made to the TAB recipients are up to $1 million, funded incrementally at approximately $200,000 per year. New awards made for other research, training and technical assistance grants range between $200,000 and $1 million and usually incrementally funded over the project period if the award is above $200,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Brownfields training, research, and technical assistance grants are subject to EPA's General Grant Regulations 2CFR 200 and 1500.

Costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 200 Subpart E.

EPA will provide applicants with guidance on statutory prohibitions on the use of grant and cooperative agreement funds in Requests for Proposals, Requests for Applications, or by other means. EPA will provide assistance regarding clarification of the grant proposal guidelines. Potential applicants may submit written requests to OBLR for clarification. Significant clarifications to the guidelines will be posted on the brownfields website http://www.epa.gov/brownfields. This is the only form of pre-application assistance available. EPA will not meet with applicants to discuss draft proposals or provide informal comments on proposals.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: In FY 2014, EPA awarded four cooperative agreements for other Research, Training and Technical Assistance (k6) grants. One grant was made for each of the following four topic areas: technical assistance to environmental workforce development and job training (EWDJT) grantees; technical assistance on the integration of environmental justice and equitable development for brownfields-impacted communities; research on the benefits of brownfields redevelopment; and technical assistance on brownfields financing and economic development strategies to brownfields-impacted communities.



EPA also provided incremental funding for research, training and technical assistance pertaining to Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB) and incremental funding of existing cooperative agreements funded in previous years. EPA provided incremental funding to three entities who received TAB cooperative agreements and who are assisting communities in each EPA region that are dealing with local brownfield issues.



EPA also provided incremental funds for projects that provide brownfields training, education and technical assistance to support brownfields assessment and cleanup efforts by state, local and tribal governments. Fiscal Year 2015: In FY2015, EPA expects to award cooperative agreements for brownfields area-wide planning funds to twenty communities (including local government, non-profit organizations, and a regional planning commission) to involve the community in developing area-wide plans and implementation strategies to help address local brownfield sites.

Incrementally funding to previously awarded cooperative agreements will be provided if the recipient is making satisfactory progress. These EPA funds will be used for research, training and technical assistance projects related to technical assistance to environmental workforce development and job training (EWDJT) grantees; technical assistance on the integration of environmental justice and equitable development for brownfields-impacted communities; research on the benefits of brownfields redevelopment; technical assistance on brownfields financing and economic development strategies to brownfields-impacted communities; grant funds for a national brownfields conference in 2015; and tribal support on brownfields issues. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available