The United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) mission is to protect human health and the environment. Since its inception in 1995, EPA's Brownfields Program has grown into a proven, results-oriented program that has changed the way contaminated property is perceived, addressed, and managed. The EPA's Brownfields Program is designed to empower states, communities, and other stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse Brownfields. The EPA's Brownfields Program provides financial and technical assistance for Brownfields activities through an approach based on four main goals:
Protecting the Environment Addressing Brownfields to ensure the health and well-being of America's people and environment.
Promoting Partnerships Enhancing collaboration and communication essential to facilitate Brownfields cleanup and reuse.
Strengthening the Marketplace Providing financial and technical assistance to bolster the private market.
Sustaining Reuse Redeveloping Brownfields to enhance a community's long-term quality of life.
Brownfields grants continue to serve as the foundation of EPA's Brownfields Program. These grants support revitalization efforts by funding environmental assessment, cleanup, and job training activities. Brownfields Assessment Grants provide funding for Brownfield inventories, planning, environmental assessments, and community outreach. Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Grants provide funding to capitalize loans that are used to clean up Brownfields. Brownfields Job Training Grants provide environmental training for residents of Brownfields communities. Brownfields Cleanup Grants provide direct funding for cleanup activities at certain properties with planned greenspace, recreational, or other nonprofit uses.