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Environmental Protection. Economic Stewardship

Indiana Brownfields Program

Welcome to the Indiana Brownfields Program. Our mission is to encourage and assist investment in the redevelopment of brownfield properties by helping communities via educational, financial, technical and legal assistance to identify and mitigate environmental barriers that impede local economic growth.  To receive updates regarding our Program, you may subscribe (and unsubscribe at any time) to our listserv at the bottom of this and every page under "State Information, Email Updates - GovDelivery" or simply click here.

Items of Interest


U.S. EPA Brownfield Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup (ARC) Grant Proposals

DEADLINE is December 1, 2021.

For more information, visit www.grants.gov and the OBLR MARC Grant Application Resources webpage along with other General Program Resources.   Prospective applicants can also access the information through the Brownfields Newsroom and Solicitations for Brownfield Grants pages.

Request Form for State Acknowledgement Letter for U.S. EPA ARC Grant Proposals DEADLINE to submit this form to the Indiana Brownfields Program is November 5, 2021.

Grant webinars:

October 05, 2021 - 2:30 PM ET

Environmental Justice (EJ) Webinar Session 3

Obtaining & Leveraging Federal, State, Local Government, and other Sources of Funding

This webinar session will help you understand how and why EJ is a critical part of the EPA Brownfield Grants. The webinar will also identify other sources of funding that are often needed to complete projects in EJ communities and successful strategies you can use to leverage these funds.

Register Here

For Sessions 1 & 2, the resources and recordings will be available on the webpage!

October 13, 2021 - 1:00 PM ET

EPA FY2022 Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund (RLF), and Cleanup Grant Guideline Outreach

This webinar will discuss the FY 2022 guidelines for entities applying for:

  • Community-Assessment Grant funding
  • Site-specific Assessment Grant funding
  • Cleanup Grant funding
  • RLF Grant funding

Please check the EPA webpage for updates on the links to join the webinar.

October 14, 2021 - 2:00 PM ET

EPA FY2022 Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund (RLF), and Cleanup Grant Guideline Outreach

This webinar will discuss the FY 2022 guidelines for entities applying for:

  • Community-wide Assessment Grants for States and Tribes

Please check the EPA webpage for updates on the links to join the webinar.

October 20, 2021 - 2:30 PM ET

'Brownfields Back Better' - FY22 EPA ARC Grant Writing Webinar

This webinar will provide information about preparing an application for the FY22 EPA ARC grants.

Please check the KSU TAB webpage for updates on registration.

Additional educational opportunities: KSU TAB in partnership with the Region 7 EPA and various other Federal Partners are hosting a free virtual workshop series specifically for communities about grant writing.  All workshops will conclude with optional availability sessions open to all attendees to consult with presenters about attendees’ special projects.

October 26, 2021 - 2:00 to 4:20 PM ET

Session 1: Nuts and Bolts of Writing a Federal Grant Application

Session 1 will summarize key steps to the federal grant application process and identify best practices. Attendees will also learn how to address key grant application components, such as community needs and goals, budget, community engagement and partnerships (especially during the pandemic), and measuring results.

Register Here

October 28, 2021 - 2:00 to 4:30 PM ET

Session 2: Environmental Justice, EJSCREEN, EPA and Federal Partners’ Grant Program Overviews

Session 2 will consist of an overview of EPA, USDA-Rural Development, Five Star and Urban Waters, and HUD competitive grant programs with special emphasis on how to address environmental justice; a demonstration of EPA’s EJSCREEN Tool; and how to use statistical data for a compelling application.

Register Here

November 3, 2021 - 2:00 to 4:20 PM ET

Session 3: Grant Recipient Panels – Grant Writing Process and Insights

Session 3 will have successful grantees share tips and insights for writing a good grant proposal and how to overcome application obstacles.

Register Here

Arbor Day Foundation Phytoremediation Service

Arbor Day Foundation is now offering no-cost assessments to communities with contaminated sites. Through this assessment, municipal leaders can learn more about whether sites of concern in their community are suitable for cleanup through the planting of trees (phytoremediation). For qualifying sites, Arbor Day Foundation will connect site stakeholders with technical resources to help further assess, quote, design, and implement phytoremediation. This program began in March 2021 and will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis.  For more information or to schedule a meeting about using phytoremediation, check out https://www.arborday.org/partnerships/phytoremediation/?utm_source=press-release&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=phytoremediation-summer-2021&Wherefrom=PressRelease.


Our August workshop presentations are now available!

On August 10, 11, & 12, 2021, the Indiana Brownfields Program in partnership with the Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Program at Kansas State University co-hosted the Practically Speaking: Practical Tools & Approaches for Navigating Brownfields Virtual Workshop Series.  Please check the KSU TAB event webpage for presentation slides and recordings at https://www.ksutab.org/events/workshops/details?id=484.


Site Solicitation for Financial Assistance
The Indiana Brownfields Program (Program) continues to seek sites to evaluate for financial assistance as applicable/appropriate/available.  For long-term planning purposes, the Program is interested in learning of brownfield sites in your community that need assessment and/or remediation of hazardous substances and/or petroleum contamination. Please contact the Program to learn how best to help us help you (e.g., U.S. EPA funded TAB Brownfields Inventory Tool per the TAB Program information below).


Read the  Brownfields Bulletin Summer 2021 Issue


The IDEM Remediation Closure Guide Nonrule Policy Document and Remediation Program Guide (RPG) https://www.in.gov/idem/cleanups/2329.htm
are effective and are published in the Indiana Register.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) updated the 2020 screening levels tables (Tables A-6 and A-7) and are available on the IDEM web page.


Opportunity Zones

Opportunity Zones (OZ)s designated in select communities are tax incentives for private investors that can facilitate brownfield redevelopment.  Learn more here.


U.S. EPA Brownfields Training, Research, and Technical Assistance grant to Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA).
The CDFA Brownfields Technical Assistance program provides support to brownfields communities.
For more information, see http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/pdfs/FY14-K6-Fact-Sheet_CDFA_FINAL.pdf


U.S. EPA-funded Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Program

for Free assistance with project planning, grant applications, RFPs, contractor selection, etc.

The January 27, 2021 Building a Brownfield Inventory Using BiT webinar materials are now available and linked below.

AGENDA (PDF)     SLIDES (PDF)     RECORDING (MP4)

This webinar focused on using the KSU TAB Brownfield Inventory Tool (BiT) to quickly, easily, and conveniently keep track of your brownfield site inventory (e.g., number, location, etc.). The webinar highlighted using BiT with its new features, setting up a Project Area, entering site data, building area maps of the brownfield sites in your community, and using the BiT/ACRES interface to report your U.S. EPA Brownfield grant data (as applicable). Stakeholders that would find this valuable include Local Governments, Coalitions, Nonprofits, and Planners.


State Revolving Fund Loan Program Funding:

Brownfield Remediation Nonpoint Source Incentives Fact Sheet

Eligible projects include the cleanup of brownfield sites contaminated with hazardous substances that impact surface or ground water quality. Integrating a brownfield project with a wastewater infrastructure project lowers the interest rate for a loan by up to 0.5 percent, making available additional funds that can be applied to qualified nonpoint source activities.


Tax Incentives that involve the Indiana Brownfields Program.

Tax Incentives that could involve but are outside the Indiana Brownfields Program include Opportunity Zones - learn more here.


U.S. EPA Brownfield Guidance Documents available here on our Resources page.  Also, the U.S. EPA guidance web portal that provides links to all of U.S. EPA's active guidance documents is now accessible at https://www.epa.gov/guidance. Note that the guidance documents are organized by U.S. EPA Headquarters and Regional offices, e.g., Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM) at Headquarters.  Most recent documents are listed first.  On the Office page, you’ll also see a text box that includes a link to submit a petition for modification or withdrawal of guidance documents.


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  • Downtown Indianapolis Parking & Security Changes

    DOWNTOWN PARKING

    Due to increases in the number of state employees who work at the Indiana Government Center, especially during the legislative session, public parking in the Senate Avenue and Washington Street Government Center garages has been discontinued.

    Anyone visiting the Government Center for meetings or conferences will need to seek other parking options.  Information about other downtown parking options can be found at: https://www.downtownindy.org/get-around-downtown/park

  • Map to Indiana Brownfields Program office

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