Receiving an EPA brownfields grant is a major accomplishment, but in many respects the work has only begun. Effective grant management and understanding federal procurement policies are not only critical to maintaining project momentum, but they can also set you up to successfully obtain additional funding down the road. CCLR is here to help grantees and potential grantees (because it’s never too early to learn grant management best practices!) navigate the ins and outs of work plan development, reporting, hiring a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP), and more.
How CCLR Helps
- Help you understand and execute your Cooperative Agreement (CA)
- Terms and Conditions of the CA
- The development and execution of your Work Plan and how it relates to reporting and your overall goals.
- Engagement with your EPA project officer and other relevant stakeholders.
- Support grant management and programmatic activities including:
- Quarterly/annual reporting
- Inputting data into ACRES (EPA’s brownfields database) and understanding the interface.
- Understanding reimbursements through ASAP (the payment system used for federal grant payments).
- The Procurement Process
- Understand the federal, state, and internal procurement regulations to remain compliant with not only the regulations but also with your CA.
- Understand the five methods of procurement and best practices for each.
- Develop Request for Proposals and Request for Qualifications including evaluation criteria and a process of selecting contractors or consultants.
- Understand the intersection between your grant and cross-cutting federal authorities such as the Endangered Species Act and the National Historic Preservation Act.
Senior Programs Manager
Claire manages CCLR’s EPA cooperative agreements, leading program development, strategy, reporting, and success story preparation. She has extensive EPA grant management experience and oversees workshop/webinar planning, resource development, and partnership cultivation in CCLR’s Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Provider role. Prior to CCLR, Claire directed public outreach initiatives and coordinated citizen science programs in upstate NY.
Joelle Greenland, AICP
Senior Planning Consultant
Joelle, a certified planner, has been in the brownfields arena for over 30 years and is a brownfields redevelopment expert. Having written, secured and managed all types of EPA brownfields grants (including an RLF), she has a deep understanding of grant writing/management, procurement, visioning and the redevelopment process.