Resources and Partners

Grant and Funding Opportunities

Resource Website Description
Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR) Land Recycling 101

State Resources

CCLR offers technical assistance and online state resource center.
Department of Health and Human Services(DHHS), Office of Community Services (OCS) The Office of Community Services (OCS) partners with states, communities and agencies to eliminate causes of poverty, increase self-sufficiency of individuals and families and revitalize communities. Provides grants to community development corporations and community action agencies for brownfields redevelopment and job creation projects.
Economic Development Administration (EDA)
EDA uses strategic grant investments to promote market-driven reuse of brownfields properties.
National Association of Counties (NACo) NACo offers grants clearinghouse of available grants from federal, private, and foundation entities.
Northeast-Midwest Institute: Brownfields Incentives and Financing Northeast-Midwest Institute provides resources and best practices in the area of federal, state, and local brownfields incentives and financing.
State-Specific Funding Opportunities Various Most states have brownfields programs, voluntary cleanup, or other funding allotted to land revitalizations and redevelopment. Search the Internet or call your local health or environmental officials to help identify local resources.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) USDA helps support rural redevelopment through programs in the Rural Development and Natural Resources and Environment Mission areas. USDA R&R serves as the primary contact point for communities needing USDA assistance with a brownfields project.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): Section 108 Loan Funding HUD offers Section 108 loan funding to public entities for redevelopment projects as part of its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Clean Water State Revolving Fund Branch
This site provides information on obtaining funding for brownfields work through EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund Branch.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(EPA): Brownfields Funding Information US EPA provides brownfield assessment, clean-up and planning grants, technical assistance, and other resources.
Urban Land Institute (ULI)
ULI offers a Community Action Grant that promotes entrepreneurial projects at the regional, state, and local levels to foster community collaboration for change and action (e.g., projects related to smart growth, sustainability, or revitalization).


Resource Website Description
ATSDR Action Model


Action Model Toolkit

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) created the ATSDR Brownfields/Land Revitalization Action Model as a tool to help you make changes were you live — like fixing up old buildings or cleaning up empty lots. By teaming up with other people — like neighbors, officials, developers, and community supporters — you can work together to make lasting improvements in your community
ATSDR Brownfields/Land Reuse Site Screening Tool and Comparison Value Viewer This Tool is a customizable, searchable site inventory and rapid site screening tool. Analytical sampling data is rapidly screened by the tool to highlight chemicals above comparison values used by ATSDR. This leads to a rapid assessment for site prioritization.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development (LEED- ND) Rating System The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) developed LEED-ND, a system for local governments, development teams, and planners to rate and certify green neighborhoods.
Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE EH) The PACE EH was designed to strengthen public involvement in environmental health decision-making to help ensure that the interests of the community are taken into account during the process
Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating Communities (STAR) STAR Community Rating System is a voluntary, self-reporting framework for evaluating, quantifying, and improving the livability and sustainability of communities.
Sustainable Management Approaches and Revitalization Tools– electronic (SMARTe)
SMARTe is a free web-based tool enables brownfield stakeholders to analyze various aspects of redevelopment options specific to their projects, such as market costs, financing options, environmental risks, and state-specific information.
Technical Assistance to Brownfields: TAB EZ and Brownfield Inventory Tool (BiT) Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) tools for grant writing, site inventory, and program management.
US EPA’s Cleanups in My Community (CIMC) Cleanups in My Community (CIMC) enables you to map and list hazardous waste cleanup locations and grant areas, and drill down to details about those cleanups and grants and other, related information.
US EPA’s Community-Focused Exposure and Risk Screening Tool (C-FERST) EPA’s Community-Focused Exposure and Risk Screening Tool (C-FERST) provides information to help users identify environmental issues in their communities, learn about these issues, and explore exposure and risk reduction options.
US EPA’s Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool (EJSCREEN) EJSCREEN is an environmental justice mapping and screening tool that provides EPA with a nationally consistent dataset and approach for combining environmental and demographic indicators.

Other Sources of Information

Resource Website Description
ASTM International External ASTM International has published standard guides for various brownfield-related activities, including Environmental Site Assessments.
ATSDR Petition Process Need an environmental health concern investigated?
ATSDR can use environmental health tools to investigate possible exposure pathways in your community. This means, investigate 1) whether there are chemicals in your community, 2) if those chemicals could get into your body, and 3) if they could affect your health. ATSDR can write a report and recommend actions to protect health
ATSDR’s Brownfields & Reuse Opportunity Working Network (BROWN) Community Partnerships Project ATSDR’s Brownfields & Reuse Opportunity Working Network (BROWN) has a wide range of expertise that can help community’s shape redevelopment plans to include community health improvements.
ATSDR’s Public Health Assessment Process and the Community training course Overview of ATSDR and ATSDR Health Assessment Process –
Public Health Assessment Training


  • Public Health Assessment Overview 1 – Mission and Community
  • Public Health Assessment Overview 2 – Exposure Pathways and Toxicological Evaluation
  • Public Health Assessment Overview 3 – Evaluating Health Effects Data and Determining Conclusions and Recommendations
Brownfields and Land Revitalization Technology Support Center (BTSC) BTSC assists decision-makers in various aspects involved with cleaning up contaminated sites.
Center for Environmental Policy and Management (CEPM) at University of Louisville The Center for Environmental Policy and Management (CEPM) seeks to provide research and technical assistance to local, state, and tribal governments, businesses and nonprofit organizations regarding sustainable environmental policy and program development and evaluation.
Environmental Law Institute (ELI) Brownfields Program The Environmental Law Institute’s Brownfields Program encourages and supports brownfield cleanups and redevelopment and helps ensure that such efforts protect public health and respond to community preferences.
Florida Brownfields Association http://www.floridabrownfields.
The Florida Brownfields Association developed Brownfields 101 to answer questions that people might have about establishing a brownfields program.
American Planning Association (APA): Creating Community-Based Brownfield Redevelopment Strategies
Creating Community-Based Brownfield Redevelopment Strategies is a resource to help community-based organizations (CBOs) participate more effectively in brownfield cleanup and redevelopment.
National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) Healthy Community Design NACCHO’s Healthy Community Design Portfolio involves work with local health departments on Health Impact Assessment, Health in All Policies Initiatives, Health Impact Assessment Community of Practice, and Brownfields.
National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP))

Brownfield Communities Network

NALGEP helps local governments handle environmental issues and coordinates the Brownfield Communities Network.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA): Coastal and Waterfront Smart Growth

Coastal and Waterfront Smart Growth

NOAA’s resources describing different elements essential for communities interested in implementing coastal and waterfront smart growth.
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) www.neha.orgExternal The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is a Health Association society for environmental health professionals. NEHA has case studies on land use planning and design projects that specifically integrate environmental health.
U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) The U.S. Conference of Mayors task force on brownfields
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s EPA’s) Brownfields EPA has funding, guidance, success stories, state and tribal response programs, technical assistance, and brownfields law resources.
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) USGBC is a nonprofit entity that developed a system for rating green buildings called Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

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