Funding Agency:
Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA’s Brownfields Program is built upon four basic goals and principles – protecting the environment, partnering for success, stimulating the marketplace, and promoting sustainable reuse. The EPA is committed to supporting technical assistance that will further the goals of the program and provide enhanced knowledge, tools, and processes to tribal communities. 

A brownfield site is “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,” as defined in Section 101(39) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (CERCLA or Superfund). The law further defines the term “brownfield site” to include a site that is contaminated by a controlled substance...; is contaminated by petroleum or a petroleum product excluded from the definition of ‘hazardous substance’...; or is mine-scarred land.” CERCLA § 101(39); 42 U.S.C. § 9601(39). 

To help tribal governments strengthen their capacity to carry out response activities associated with brownfields assessment and cleanup activities, Congress authorized State and Tribal Response grants in 2003. Since the passage of the Brownfields Law, EPA has funded over 100 tribes with CERCLA §128(a) grants. 

The EPA’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (OBLR) is soliciting proposals1 from eligible entities to provide technical assistance to increase the capacity of tribal governments to build sustainable brownfield programs and to establish, manage, and administer tribal CERCLA 128(a) response programs. Generally Tribal Response Programs address brownfields on tribal lands, minimize the actual and perceived health risks associated with contamination from brownfield properties, and strengthen partnerships between tribal entities, governmental, and non-governmental organizations engaged in brownfields redevelopment. The EPA is looking for proposals that directly benefit tribal governments in supporting them as they build sustainable brownfield programs, and establish and enhance their Tribal Response Programs by conducting and overseeing brownfields assessment and cleanup. 

Deadline: Oct. 31, 2016

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Proposals will be accepted from the following:

  • general purpose local unit of government;
  • 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 government;
  • governmental entity created by a state legislature;
  • regional council or group of general purpose units of local government;
  • redevelopment agency that is chartered or otherwise sanctioned by a state;
  • state;
  • Indian tribe other than in Alaska; 
  • Alaskan Native Regional Corporation and an Alaska Native Village Corporation as those terms are defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S. C. 1601 and following); and the Metlakatla Indian Community; and
  • nonprofit organization (including institutions of higher education). 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 106-107, 31 U.S.C. 6101. Public and nonprofit private educational institutions 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. Evidence of nonprofit status under federal, state, or tribal law must be provided at the time the application is submitted. 



Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

October 31, 2016