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  • 19 Aug 2020 1:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Proposals are due October 28, 2020 by 11:59 PM EST
      

    Key Changes to the FY21 Competition Guidelines Include:

    • COVID-19 Impacts: Entities that are experiencing technical difficulties in applying through www.grants.gov because of operational or other issues related to COVID-19 may request to submit the application by email. See EPA’s Solicitation Clauses for more details.
    • Hazardous Substance and Petroleum Funding Requests: EPA no longer requires applicants to separate hazardous substance funding requests from petroleum funding requests. Rather, applicants will request one funding amount to address sites contaminated by hazardous substances and/or petroleum.
    • Submission Materials: The Assurances for Non-Construction Programs (SF-424 B) is no longer required at time of submission.
    • Confidential Business Information: Reminder to applicants: “EPA recommends that you do not include confidential business information (CBI) in your application. However, if CBI is included, it will be treated in accordance with 40 CFR 2.203. Applicants must clearly indicate which portion(s) of their application they are claiming as CBI.” See EPA’s Solicitation Clauses for more details.
    • Outcomes and Benefits of Reuse Strategy: If applicable, applicants are to describe how the proposed project or revitalization plans will promote the sustainable reuse of existing buildings or structures.
    • Threats to Sensitive Populations: This section has been reorganized to include “Describe how this grant will address or facilitate the identification and reduction of threats to…” in each of the three subcriteria.
    • Incorporating Community Input: Applicants are to discuss alternatives to in-person community engagements due to COVID-19 and social distancing requirements.
    • Task/Activity Lead: If applicable, applicants are required to explain why an entity(ies) other than the applicant is the lead. 
    • Budget Table: There will only be one budget table for the total grant award. The applicant will be free to address both hazardous substances and petroleum contaminated sites as they proposed, but will not be required to spend a specific amount on hazardous substances and petroleum sites. 
    • Point/Percentage Distribution: The maximum number of points and the point distribution has changed for each of the grants. 

    The entire list of changes can be found HERE

    All applications must be submitted through www.grants.gov  using the “Workspace” feature. Information on the Workspace feature can be found at theGrants.gov Workspace Overview Page at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/workspace-overview.html The posting is now up on www.grants.gov.  This is the only method EPA will accept applications; unless the applicant has an approved waiver to submit the application by mail under the Limited Exception Procedure policy (outlined in Appendix 1 of the Guidelines).
     
    Please take advantage of NJIT TAB’s FREE grant proposal critique services.  The deadline for submitting for a grant critique is October 14, 2020, by close of business.  Send your 10 (or 12) page narrative to tab@njit.edu in Microsoft Word format.  We anticipate a high volume of grant critique requests; therefore, critiques will be provided on a first come first served basis. We strongly recommend submitting as early as possible.

    The grant guidelines can be viewed at the links below:

     
    FY 2021 Multipurpose Grant Guidelines

    FY 2021 Assessment Grant Guidelines

    FY 2021 Cleanup Grant Guidelines

    Additional MAC Grant Application Resources

  • 10 Aug 2020 1:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    @HodgonRossLLP provides detailed summary of new financial incentives and stakeholder benefits in New York State for the redevelopment of underutilized properties with alternative energy and beneficial use outcomes. @jdsupra

    Brownfields, landfills, and other underutilized sites are attracting renewable energy developers now more than ever.  In recent months, New York State has sent strong market signals that will drive development to these sites, so they can be put back into beneficial reuse.  The State’s leveraging of incentive dollars is meant to assist in offsetting the historical risk aversion to such redevelopment and ensure smart siting that benefits host communities in a myriad of ways. The State has coupled the increased incentives that will be available to project developers with community-based incentives, such as offsets of ratepayer bills, aimed at further encouraging local governments to seek out these types of redevelopments on certain controlled sites, as well as finding other ways to make these types of sites advantageous to developers.

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    Posted August 10, 2020

  • 03 Aug 2020 3:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Brownfields get recognition in the general real estate industry.

    by Erik Martin

    When a commercial or industrial property becomes contaminated with toxins, chemicals, and other pollutants and abandoned, the result is a brownfield. A brownfield can stand as an ugly blight on the area and deter prospective buyers and developers from taking a closer look. Fortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created a program to encourage the expansion, reuse, or redevelopment of brownfields that provides incentives to invest in these properties. But before committing to a brownfield site, it’s important to know what you’re getting into and prudently ponder:

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    Posted August 3, 2020

  • 13 Jul 2020 2:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    @JDSUPRA update on what Tennessee is doing to incentivize brownfield redevelopment through F&E tax credits. 

    Tennessee Expands Brownfield Franchise and Excise Tax Credit

    On March 20, Gov. Lee signed into law SB 2158/HB 2227, which amends the Tennessee statute governing franchise and excise (F&E) tax credits available for brownfield redevelopment. Effective July 1, 2020, the law creates significant new opportunities to incentivize brownfield redevelopment in Tennessee through F&E tax credits. 

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    Posted July 13, 2020

  • 13 Jul 2020 2:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) will receive an $800,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Brownfields grant. The NJEDA can use this funding to capitalize a revolving loan fund or to provide subaward grants to communities, developers, and nonprofits carrying out cleanup and redevelopment activities at brownfield sites. EPA also awarded grants to the cities of Camden and Jersey City and the nonprofit Cooper’s Ferry Partnership. In total, the Agency provided nearly $2.1 million to support brownfield remediation in New Jersey.

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    Posted July 13, 2020

  • 06 Jul 2020 2:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In her article in the National Law Review, Jennifer Baker describes insurance coverage for historic releases of contaminants more recently identified and regulated. Further, insurance options are currently available to protect you from future emerging contaminants issues.

    Never heard of that chemical? It could be an emerging contaminant, which calls for careful consideration as to whether there is insurance coverage for environmental investigations and remediation that may be required due to its presence in the environment. 

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    Posted July 6, 2020

  • 06 Jul 2020 1:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Summary of the EPA's guide to community involvement in brownfield redevelopment. What steps can the community take towards revitalization?

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) recently developed a Guide to help communities with brownfields to more successfully address community revitalization and brownfields-related challenges.  The guide outlines concrete actions communities can take to address these challenges.

    Through the three case studies described in the Guide, it is shown that attracting public or private investment for the reuse of brownfield properties can bring economic and social benefits to communities, in addition to improving environmental conditions.

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    Posted July 6, 2020

  • 29 Jun 2020 9:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Vermont Business Magazine

    Brownfield clean-up will soon be underway at the former Montpelier Granite Works (MGW) site. This clean-up is made possible by the revolving loan funds (RLF) of the Agency of Commerce & Community Development (ACCD) and the Northwest Regional Planning Commission (NRPC). Each is contributing $200,000 in clean-up funding towards the $500,000 total remediation cost. These loans were underwritten by the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA). Both RLFs were capitalized by the US Environmental Protection Agency. 

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    Posted June 29, 2020

  • 29 Jun 2020 9:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Geoff Rushton

    In what was once a forge shop, there's a transformation happening, the centerpiece of efforts to date to revitalize the former Cerro Metal Plant in Spring Township.

    It's there that in the coming months the new Axemann Brewery, joined by a relocated Blonde Bistro, will open in Plant 1 of what is now known as Titan Park on Axemann Road.

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    Posted June 29, 2020

  • 22 Jun 2020 12:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Five-year investment plan for climate-firendly infrastructure investments from top national leadership includes brownfield redevelopment. @stephaniegidigbi @nrdc 

    By Stephanie Gidigbi

    Congressional leaders unveiled a transformative vision of moving America and the environment forward by investing in 21st century infrastructure.

    The Moving Forward Framework outlines a five-year plan for bold investment in transportation and water infrastructure. The plan shows how the upcoming transportation reauthorization bill and Water Resources Development Act can help us address our climate crisis and prepare for the more extreme weather events we are already experiencing.

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    Posted June 21, 2020

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