|Rebecca Cook, Team Leader
Brownfields Training, Funding Opportunities & Resources
EPA Grants Management Training for Applicants and Recipients
This online training course is designed to introduce EPA grant applicants and recipients to key aspects of the entire grant life cycle, from preparation of an application through grant closeout.
U.S. EPA Brownfields Federal Programs Guide (2017)
The 2017 Brownfields Federal Programs Guide is a compendium of the financial and technical assistance resources available from federal agencies for brownfields and land revitalization projects. It also includes information about assistance available through federal tax incentives and encourages communities to explore state tax credits, loans, loan guarantees, and other incentives.
Brownfields Job Training
The Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) received an EPA Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant in 2017. This grant provides the funding for SFCC to offer training to unemployed or underemployed people who want to work in the environmental industry.
For more information, please visit: https://www.sfcc.edu/programs/environmental-job-training/.
A brownfield is a property whose redevelopment is complicated by the presence of contamination or perceived contamination. It could be an old gas station, vacant motel, former industrial site, an abandoned dump, etc.
Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties can restore the environment, reduce health risks, eliminate blight, revitalize downtowns, create jobs, increase local tax bases, and create a sense of community pride.
NMED can assist your community with its brownfield redevelopment project.
Luna Lodge on Route 66, Albuquerque. Remediation completed in 2012.
Targeted Brownfields Assessment (TBA)
NMED offers free environmental evaluations of brownfield properties. Services include:
Local government units, tribal governments, quasi-public entities (such as community development organizations), and non-profit entities are eligible to request a TBA.
NMED considers the following criteria in prioritizing requests: feasibility of property redevelopment or reuse, potential economic/environmental/health benefits to the community, project timetable, and availability of funding.
EPA Region 6 also provides TBA services in the event that NMED cannot currently accommodate your request.
Brownfield Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund
It is usually easier to find funding for redevelopment of a site than for cleanup. NMED offers low-interest loans with favorable terms that can be used for remediating contamination at an eligible brownfield site. The funds may also be used for asbestos removal or abatement. The availability of cleanup funding can leverage the other funding needed – on average, $17 for every dollar of brownfields funding.
Contact us to discuss the eligibility of your project and the application process.
Brownfield redevelopment requires community planning, environmental expertise, public and private partners, and familiarity with a myriad of potential sources of assistance. NMED can help you connect to the resources you need to make your project a Brownfields success story.
Assistance is also available through EPA’s Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Program.
Participants who successfully complete the VRP receive site closure documentation from NMED and liability protection for lenders and future purchasers.