Author: Mendes, Randi

EPA Grant Proposal Review

The UConn TAB team will provide reviews for the upcoming EPA assessment, cleanup, multipurpose, and revolving loan fund grant cycle. We provide reviews of the narrative and application package, offering two rounds of review upon time availability.

Deadlines for submission will be announced upon EPA grant solicitation release.

1st round of review(Deadline: Oct. 25th)It consists of comments on how the narrative addresses EPA’s guidelines, suggestions on how to address these comments, and resources to identify data. Reviews will be provided in a written format, as an annotated document of your submitted text. You may also schedule a follow-up call with the team member to walk you through the comments.

2nd round or review(Deadline: Nov. 8th): After the feedback of the 1st round of review is addressed, the 2nd round will provide additional feedback to fine-tune the narrative and provide feedback on the complete application package.


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EPA Region 1 MARC Grant Webinars

The FY23 Brownfields Multipurpose, Assessment, RLF, and Cleanup Grant Guidelines are now available in www.grants.gov and on the OBLR MARC Grant Application Resources webpage along with other General Program Resources. The application submission deadline is November 22, 2022. Prospective applicants can also access the information through the Brownfields Newsroom and Solicitations for Brownfield Grants pages.

Two Regional Application Outreach sessions are planned for this year. Specific times for the regional meetings will be announced soon.

  • Wednesday October 5, 2022 in person meeting at the Regional Lab in Chelmsford, MA
    • 11 Technology Drive, North Chelmsford, MA
  • Thursday October 6, 2022 virtual Teams meeting

EPA National MARC Grant Webinars

The FY23 Brownfields Multipurpose, Assessment, RLF, and Cleanup Grant Guidelines are now available in www.grants.gov and on the OBLR MARC Grant Application Resources webpage along with other General Program Resources. The application submission deadline is November 22, 2022. Prospective applicants can also access the information through the Brownfields Newsroom and Solicitations for Brownfield Grants pages.

Webinar 1: FY23 EPA MARC Grant Open Solicitation

Date: September 29th
Time: 2 PM EST

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

Link to join: https://usepa.zoomgov.com/j/1601605033#success

 

Webinar 2: FY23 Cleanup Grant Guidance

Date: October 4th
Time:
2 PM EST

Link to join: https://usepa.zoomgov.com/j/1615031487#success

 

Webinar 3: FY23 RLF Grant Guidance

Date: October 6th
Time:
2 PM EST

Link to join: https://usepa.zoomgov.com/j/1607942977#success

UConn TAB Hosts Community Event in Claremont, NH

On September 29th, UConn TAB helped their Summer MAP recipient, the Town of Claremont, with a public workshop on . During the workshop, UConn TAB, gave a presentation that briefly gave background information on brownfields and a site reuse assessment for the Sugar River Land sites of interest. The Summer MAP project worked with UConn TAB student intern Aaron Hinze to investigate and determine possible reuse options based on zoning, land restrictions, community input, and more. The initial results of this investigation were shown via digital renderings. Following the presentation of these renderings, UConn TAB led a group discussion wherein community members were asked specific questions regarding how these renderings fit the needs and priorities of the Town. Ideas were shared on sticky notes and then a representative from each group shared their thoughts out loud. These ideas were recorded and documented in the final report UConn TAB will be sending to the Town of Claremont. We hope that this report helps articulate the wants of Claremont for these sites and provides guidance for future reuse and redevelopment of the site. 

Job Training Webinar

When: Monday, June 13th, 1.00 pm
Where: 
Virtual

Who: Marisa Chrysochoou, TAB Program Director and William “Bill” Lariviere, EPA Region 1, Brownfields Project Officer

This webinar will provide an overview of the EPA Brownfields Job Training Program for potential partners in EPA Region 1 interested in submitting a proposal for the  FY23 solicitation with a deadline of August 2nd, 2022. EPA’s Brownfields Job Training Grant Program is refocusing the competition on training activities that support assessment, cleanup, and preparation of brownfield sites for reuse. As part of that change, the former Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Program will now be called the Brownfields Job Training Program.

Join our webinar on Monday June 13th to find out about how you can prepare a competitive proposal for a JT grant and help build the workforce in your community. Topics covered will include:

  • Overview of brownfield JT grants provisions in the solicitation
  • Building effective partnerships
  • Resources to build and execute a successful JT program
  • Case studies of successful grantees

Register Here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8576263687669223181

Note: This webinar is hosted by UCONN TAB , in addition to the national outreach webinar for JT grants hosted by EPA on June 15th at 2 pm EST.

Fall MAP – EPA Grant Recipients

During our Fall Municipal Assistance Program (MAP), UConn TAB and UConn undergraduate students helped 8 communities prepare EPA Grant proposals. Of those 8 communities, we are pleased to announce that 6 received the grants they applied to. Four of these were cleanup grants and two were assessment grants. If you are getting ready to prepare for an EPA grant this year, we encourage you to apply for our upcoming Fall MAP! To learn more and apply, Click HERE.

UConn TAB at Region 1 Brownfields Summit

If you are attending the Brownfields Summit on May 18th – May 19th be sure to stop by and attend our session.


Session 1

Date: May 18th
Time:
4:30 PM – 5:45 PM 
Session: 
Concurrent Session 3B
Topic: Community Engagement & Environmental Justice

Agenda:

4:30 PM – 4:55 PM Unraveling Environmental Justice in New England
Nefeli Bompoti, UConn TAB
4:55 PM – 5:20 PM  Brownfields Are for Everyone
Rupal Parekh & Randi Mendes, UConn TAB
5:20 PM – 5:45 PM
Community Perspectives on Community Engagement in New London, CT
Tom Bombria, City of New London & Kathleen Barrett, Freedom Trail Neighborhood Association Moderator: Charles Springer, TRC

Session 2

Date: May 19th
Time:
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM 
Session: 
Concurrent Session 5B
Topic: You Can Bank On It!

Speakers: Wayne Bugden, Eastern Connecticut Land Bank; Rick Dunne, Connecticut Brownfields Land Bank
Moderator: Marisa Chrysochoou, UConn TAB