For Communities

The CBI Municipal Assistance Program is designed to provide assistance to Connecticut communities wishing to pursue brownfield redevelopment projects but challenged by lack of resources. CBI students will work with UCONN faculty and our state and industrial partners to assist selected communities on a range of tasks related to brownfield planning, clean up and redevelopment. There is no charge for the Municipal Assistance Program, but interested communities must demonstrate a commitment to the partnership. A Request for Proposals is issued twice a year: in June to provide support for EPA grant proposals in the August-December time frame, and in November to support various brownfield projects in the January-April time frame.

The CBI Municipal Assistance Program also provides support to municipalities participating in Sustainable CT that are pursuing implementation and points towards certification for the action Support Redevelopment of Brownfield Sites.

Fall 2021 MAP

Eligible applicants for EPA Brownfield Grants are obtaining support from CBI students for EPA Assessment or Cleanup Brownfield Grants to prepare brownfield inventories, conduct Phase I and II/III investigations, market analysis, and remediation for one or several sites across a community. The FY 2021 solicitation for these grants is expected to be released in Fall 2021, and additional information can be found on the EPA website.

RFP Process and Timeline

Deadline for RFP submission: July 15, 2021

RFP for Fall21 and Application form

For additional details on EPA grants and CBI’s RFP process: Join us for a webinar on June 24, 2021 at 1:00 pm EST. You may register here.

Frequently Asked Questions – Fall 2021 MAP

Q: Who can receive support from MAP?

A: Eligible entities for EPA and DECD brownfield grants in the State of Connecticut, including municipalities, Regional Planning Organizations, redevelopment agencies, tribal governments, and non-profit organizations.

Q: What kind of support will the students provide?

A: The students will work with the applicant to provide support with sections of the Proposal Narrative, as described the in CBI Scope of Support. Students will conduct research on brownfield sites, research on demographic data and public health data, and help with the development of budgets. Review of final proposals will be supported by the CBI staff.

Q: What commitment is expected to receive support?

A: The applicant must commit to a) have a dedicated contact person who will communicate with CBI staff and the students; b) visit UCONN 2 times during the Fall semester to participate in the class activities; c) provide the necessary information and documentation to support the proposal.

Q: What if the proposal is not ready on time for the application deadline?

A: EPA solicitations are issued annually and the guidelines are typically similar year-to-year. Thus, an application can be completed, refined, and submitted in subsequent cycles.

Q: Will CBI submit the grant on the community’s behalf?

A: No, only an eligible applicant can submit a grant application.

Q: What is the cost of the MAP?

A: CBI is funded by DECD and philanthropic supporters. MAP is run at no cost to the municipalities.

Have additional questions? Email us at brownfields@uconn.edu

 

Spring 2021 MAP

The proposal will be supported through the University of Connecticut course Brownfield Redevelopment, which trains UCONN students on all aspects of the investigation, clean up, and redevelopment. As part of the course, the students will work in groups and supervised by CBI staff and our partners to conduct activities from the following list:

  • Collect data for specific brownfield sites (partial Phase I Environmental site investigation)
  • Review previous site investigation reports and prepare summaries and presentations for a particular site
  • Develop drafts Scope of Work and budget estimates for Phase II investigation for a particular site
  • Prepare an Assessment of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives document for EPA clean up grant proposal
  • Evaluate redevelopment options and priority for sites in a municipality or region
  • Create Brownfield inventories for CT communities (detailed lists, GIS maps)
  • Prepare submissions for Sustainable CT under Brownfields Category (action 1.1)

RFP Process and Timeline

Deadline for RFP submission: The RFP is now closed

Apply online here Google Form

Download the RFP here: RFP S21

Frequently Asked Questions – Spring 2020 MAP

Q: Who can receive support from MAP?

A: Eligible entities for EPA and DECD brownfield grants in the State of Connecticut, including municipalities, Regional Planning Organizations, redevelopment agencies, non-profit organizations and tribal governments.

Q: What kind of support will the students provide?

A: The students will work with the applicant on a project related to a specific brownfield site in the community or area-wide planning activities. A list of potential projects is provided in the RFP.

Q: What commitment is expected to receive support?

A: The applicant must commit to: a) have a dedicated contact person who will communicate with CBI staff and the students; b) provide the necessary information and documentation for project completion c) meet with the students.

Q: What is the timeline for the MAP?

A: Students will work with the communities during the Spring semester at UCONN, which runs from January 19  to May 3, 2021.

Q: What is the cost of the MAP?

A: CBI is funded by UConn, DECD and philanthropic supporters. MAP is run at no cost to the municipalities.

 

For more details on EPA grants and CBI’s RFP process: Webinar on Financing a brownfield: Intro to EPA Grants and CBI’s RFP process. On June 13th, 2019 at 12 pm, Dr. Bompoti presented the funding opportunities for brownfield sites through the EPA Brownfields Program and details on CBI’s Municipal Assistance Program and RFP process. The webinar presentation audio can be found below. The webinar slides can be downloaded here: CBI webinar June 2019

The recipients of the 2019 MAP can be found here.