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
Support Letters and Upcoming Grant Application Deadlines
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides grants to address petroleum and hazardous waste contaminated sites. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) invests more than $1.5 billion through the EPA’s Brownfields Program over the next five years, the largest investments in U.S. brownfields infrastructure ever. Grant solicitations and guidelines for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 can be found here: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/multipurpose-assessment-rlf-and-cleanup-marc-grant-application-resources
FY2023 Brownfields Multipurpose, Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup (MARC) Grant Guidelines are now available. The application submission deadline is November 22, 2022.
For an overview of MARC Grants, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/types-epa-brownfield-grant-funding
Reminder that each U.S. EPA Brownfields Grant Proposal must have a State Acknowledgement/Support Letter. To obtain the required letter for Indiana applicants, please use the FFY23 Support Letter Request Form. Completed forms are due to the Indiana Brownfields Program by November 4, 2022.
Potential applicants are invited to participate in the upcoming webinars with EPA to review and address questions about the solicitations. The link to the webinar recordings and the Q&As will be made available as soon as possible. Please check this webpage for updates.
- Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 2 PM ET - This webinar will discuss the FY 2023 guidelines for entities applying for:
- Multipurpose Grant funding
- Community-wide Assessment Grant funding
- Assessment Coalition Grant funding
- Community-wide Assessment Grants for States and Tribes funding
Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://usepa.zoomgov.com/j/1601605033 Or by telephone (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): +1 669 254 5252 or +1 646 828 7666 or +1 669 216 1590 or +1 551 285 1373 or 833 568 8864 (Toll Free) or 833 435 1820 (Toll Free); Webinar ID: 160 160 5033
- Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at 2 PM ET - This webinar will discuss the FY 2023 guidelines for entities applying for:
- Cleanup Grant funding
Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://usepa.zoomgov.com/j/1615031487 Or by telephone (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): +1 669 254 5252 or +1 646 828 7666 or +1 669 216 1590 or +1 551 285 1373 or 833 568 8864 (Toll Free) or 833 435 1820 (Toll Free); Webinar ID: 161 503 1487
- Thursday, October 6, 2022, at 2 PM ET - This webinar will discuss the FY 2023 guidelines for entities applying for:
- RLF Grant funding
Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://usepa.zoomgov.com/j/1607942977 Or by telephone (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): +1 669 254 5252 or +1 646 828 7666 or +1 669 216 1590 or +1 551 285 1373 or 833 568 8864 (Toll Free) or 833 435 1820 (Toll Free); Webinar ID: 160 794 2977
Region 5 Brownfields Grant Outreach Webinar
For more information on EPA Region 5 Brownfields please visit their website here.
Enhance Your Chance: What You Need to Know to be Competitive in the FY23 EPA MARC Grant Competition
Thursday, October 20, 2022
11:00 am PDT | 12:00 pm MDT | 1:00 pm CDT | 2:00 pm EDT
Duration: 90 minutes
Register for the TAB free webinar to get insight on eligibility, common mistakes, addressing timely criteria, narrative criteria tips, and ensure your grant application is on the ‘mark!’ By attending you will also hear:
- Special considerations for each type of application
- Hints for Writing each section of the Narrative/Ranking Criteria
- The TAB tools and resources available to assist with optimizing your applications
Register for the webinar at:
- Tips on How to Get Started Early on Preparing Your Brownfields MARC Grant Proposal
- List of Entities Eligible to Apply for Multipurpose, Assessment, RLF, and Cleanup Grants
- Programmatic Requirements
- Information on Health Monitoring Activities using an EPA Brownfield Grant
- EJScreen Demonstration for Brownfield Grant Applications
- Information on Eligible Planning Activities
- Renewable Energy or Energy-Efficient Approaches in Brownfields Redevelopment
- Socially Distant Engagement Ideas
- Information on CERCLA Liability Defenses
- Information on Sites Eligible for Brownfields Funding under CERCLA § 104(k)
The Indiana Brownfields Program (Program) requests electronic submittals (e-submissions) of documents to reduce the need to mail paper documents or submit electronic copies via CD/DVD, flash drive, email or file sharing link. Program staff may, however, still request a hard copy for maps and/or large files.
E-submissions must be less than 75 megabytes (MB). If a file cannot be reduced to less than 75 MB, it should be broken into multiple files. A new e-submission site is available for public use and will replace all other forms as a preferred document submittal method.
The e-submission site is available to individual email addresses and shared email accounts. To request or modify your e-submission access, please use IDEM’s e-Submission Enrollment Form (idem.in.gov/myesubmission) Once enrolled, instructions on how to submit documents will be provided. As a reminder, each form/document/report should be saved as a separate pdf, not as one large document.
Questions regarding the e-submittal process may be directed to Haley Faulds at 317-234-0685 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Announcing New Request for Applications
New date for National Brownfields Training Conference - August 16-19, 2022
The 2021 National Brownfields Training Conference that was to be held on December 8-11, 2021 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was postponed until 2022 and has been rescheduled for August 16-19, 2022. Offered every two years, this conference is the largest gathering of stakeholders focused on cleaning up and reusing formerly utilized commercial and industrial properties. EPA cosponsors this event with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).
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.
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).
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 local site inventory assistance through TAB, check out https://www.ksutab.org/login?ref=BIT
The January 27, 2021 Building a Brownfield Inventory Using BiT webinar materials are now available and linked below.
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.
Meeting with us?
- Downtown Indianapolis Parking & Security Changes
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