FY21 Guidelines For Brownfields Cleanup Grants

Funding Agency:
Environmental Protection Agency

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), as amended by the Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development (BUILD) Act (P.L. 115-141), requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to publish guidance for grants to assess and clean up brownfield sites. EPA’s Brownfields Program provides funds to empower states, communities, tribes, and nonprofit organizations to prevent, inventory, assess, clean up, and reuse brownfield sites.

Cleanup Grants provide funding to carry out cleanup activities on brownfield sites owned by the applicant.

Applicants may not submit multiple applications under this solicitation.


  • Duke Internal: Interested applicants at Duke should contact Paul Noe (paul.noe@duke.edu) as early as possible.
  • Sponsor Deadline: Oct. 28, 2020

Agency Website

Amount Description

The maximum amount of EPA funds that will be awarded under a Cleanup Grant is $500,000. Applicants may propose to use up to $500,000 to clean up one brownfield site or to allocate up to $500,000 among multiple sites. 

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

October 28, 2020