Community Development Block Grants/Brownfields Economic Development Initiative

To return Brownfield's to productive economic use by assisting units of general local government in carrying out economic development projects on contaminated land or buildings.

BEDI grants are designed to enhance the security of loans guaranteed under the Section 108 program or improve the viability
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of projects financed with Section 108 funds.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

A wide-range of economic development activities including commercial, industrial and residential economic development projects.

Agency - Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission through high ethical standards, management and accountability, and by forming partnerships with community organizations.

Office - Contact appropriate HUD Field Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

For fiscal year 2007, 46 BEDI applications were received with 14 funded.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance may be used for any activity eligible under Section 108(a) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, except that fiscal year 2008 grant funds may not be used to fund reserves.

Grant funds may only be used in conjunction with a new, that is, not yet approved, Section 108 Loan for the same project.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Units of general local government.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The principal beneficiaries are low and moderate income persons.


Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Proposed activities must be consistent with a unit of general local government's consolidated plan submitted for HUD's Community Planning and Development programs.

Proposed activities must also meet applicable citizen participation requirements.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

Proposals may only be submitted in response to competitions announced in a Federal Register publication. The Federal Register publication of a Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) will detail the purpose of each separate program, the application deadlines, the funds available for each competition, the submission requirements and the competitive factors that will be considered in awarding grants.

Award Procedures

Competitive, based upon factors published in a Federal Register NOFA.


Applications must be submitted within the deadlines established in the published Federal Register NOFA.


Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Section 108(q), as amended, Public Law 93-383.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Generally within 90 days.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Brownfields EDI grant funds may only be used in conjunction with a new Section 108-Guaranteed loan for the same project.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Projects should be completed within a five year period. Funds would be accessed by line of credit in the same ratio as the amount of BEDI grant funds compared with the amount of Section 108 Loan funds committed by the applicant for the project.

Post Assistance Requirements


All reporting is made in connection with an eligible public entity's Community Development Block Grant program reporting.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, "Audits of State and Local Governments and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


The applicant must maintain records with regard to subrecipient and activity eligibility, national objectives, financial management, citizen participation, relocation, environmental impact, labor standards, equal opportunity and other requirements set forth in the regulations.

Financial Information

Account Identification

86-0314-0-1-451; 86-0162-0-1-451.


(Grants) FY 07 $9,900,000; FY 08 est $10,000,000; and FY 09 est $0. (NOTE: Amounts reported reflect allocation of new budget authority rather than obligation amounts.)

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Fiscal Year 2007 range of assistance was $480,000 to $2,000,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Administrative Regulations are the same as for the Community Development Block Grants found at 24 CFR Part 570.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Contact appropriate HUD Field Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

David Kaminsky, Economic Development Specialist, Office of Economic Development, Community Planning and Development, 451 7th Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20410. Telephone: (202) 402-4612 E-mail:

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Based upon competitive factors contained in the NOFA.

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