Grants and Funding
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Grants and funding options are available for various aspects of many of the cleanup programs. For example, some grants encourage community involvement in the cleanup process, some support training related to cleanups, and some help fund the assessment, cleanup, or redevelopment of a site.
Depending on the type of site and the program managing site cleanup, contaminated and potentially contaminated sites and properties are eligible for different types of funding. Funding may be available from EPA, states, and other federal agencies and departments.
The following list provides links to several EPA programs that provide grants or that help stakeholders find funding or other forms of financial assistance. There are options that are specific to the type of site you have as well as general funding options
EPA site-specific funding sources
- Brownfield Grants and Funding
EPA’s Brownfields Program provides direct funding for brownfields assessment, cleanup, revolving loans, and environmental job training. In addition to directing brownfields funding, EPA also provides technical information on brownfields financing matters.
- Federal Facility Resources
Stakeholder involvement is a priority at Federal Facility sites. Included in the program’s stakeholder involvement tools and resources are public participation programs, technical assistance grants, and technical outreach services for communities.
- Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Site Funding
A number of grant resources are available to RCRA sites. Some funding opportunities are the same as those available for Brownfields sites.
- Superfund Redevelopment Resources
Superfund provides resources to help citizens obtain assistance and grants to help them better understand and get involved in Superfund cleanup and reuse activities. A variety of community programs, technical assistance and training, and monetary aid are available.
- Underground Storage Tanks
To encourage the reuse of abandoned properties contaminated with petroleum from underground storage tanks (USTs), the Office of Underground Storage Tanks created the USTfields Initiative in 2000. Although no new USTfields pilots will be awarded beyond the first 50 pilots, funding for similar assessment and clean up projects is available through the Brownfields assessment, cleanup, and revolving loan fund grants and through the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Trust Fund.
EPA funding options that apply across site and program type
- Environmental Finance Program
This program assists communities in their search for creative approaches to funding their environmental projects.
- Technical Outreach Services for Communities (TOSC)
The Technical Outreach Services for Communities program helps citizens better understand the hazardous contamination issues in or near their communities by providing free, independent, non-advocate, technical assistance about contaminated sites.
State-specific funding sources
Because financing remains a significant barrier to revitalizing a formerly contaminated site, many states have recognized the critical role a financing program can play for addressing these sites. Most of these state finance tools focus on brownfield sites, but other site types (e.g., UST sites) may be eligible for state financing options as well.
Individual state cleanup programs may be able to provide information about grants and other funding sources that can help to leverage funding at contaminated and formerly contaminated properties. Some additional state funding resources include:
Tools and Strategies for State Brownfield sites (PDF)
This report, developed by the Northeast Midwest Institute, provides examples of successful state tools and strategies for filling capital gaps in brownfield cleanup and redevelopment projects.
Non-EPA Funding Options
In addition to EPA grant and funding options, there are a range of federal resources that can provide technical and financial support for contaminated site cleanup and redevelopment.
- Housing and Urban Development
Brownfields Economic Development Initiative
HUD operates a competitive grant program to stimulate and promote economic and community development.
- Office of Surface Mining
The Office of Surface Mining in the Department of Interior, through its Abandoned Mine Land Program and its Clean Streams Initiative, offers financial and technical assistance for grant writing and for the assessment, reclamation, and redevelopment of abandoned mine lands as brownfields.
Allows organizations to electronically search and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal agencies with grant-making activities.