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Resources and Partners

Grant and Funding Opportunities

Resource Website Description
Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR) CCLR is a nonprofit organization that focuses on facilitating ways to recycle lands so that urban sprawl is discouraged, urban areas are redeveloped, and greenspace is preserved. CCLR’s CALReUSE Grant and Loan Funds offer financing to community brownfield developers to aid in assessing and remediating contaminated lands.
Department of Health and Human Services(DHHS), Office of Community Services (OCS) OCS works in partnership with states, communities, and other agencies to address the economic and social needs of the urban and rural poor at the local level by providing grant mon- ies and technical assistance to these organizations. The goal is to increase the capacity of individuals and families to become self-sufficient and to revitalize communities. Provides grants to community development corporations and community action agencies for brownfields redevelopment and job creation projects.
Economic Development Administration (EDA)

Summary of EDA’s Role in Brownfields:

EDA is a partner with EPA for redeveloping brownfields. While EPA addresses the environmental impacts on these contaminated lands, EDA uses strategic grant investments to promote market-driven reuse of brownfields properties.
National Association of Counties (NACo) NACo offers resources for counties, including a grants clearinghouse, so that counties can access information on available grants from federal, private, and foundation entities.
Northeast-Midwest Institute: Brownfields Incentives and Financing The Institute’s website provides resources and best practices in the area of federal, state, and local brownfields incentives and financing, as well as links to publications, case studies, webcasts, and other information related to brownfield sites nationwide.
Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) An REIT is basically a mutual fund that specializes in collective real estate investments. An REIT could be used to purchase, evaluate, remediate, redevelop, and sell brownfields sites.
State-Specific Funding Opportunities Various Most states have brownfields programs or funding allotted to land revitalizations and redevelopment. Search the Internet or call your local health officials to help identify local resources.
State and Tribal Response Programs Publications
EPA reports outline various financial tools and incentives that state and tribal governments provide to revitalize brownfield sites.
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).
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
USDA is a partner in EPA’s national brownfields program. This federal agency has seven mission areas, two of which (“rural development” and “natural resources and environment”) are focused on helping communities redevelop brownfields.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): Brownfields Economic Development Initiative (BEDI) BEDI provides public entities with funding to redevelop environmentally contaminated abandoned and underused lands such that economic revitalization will occur. HUD requires that BEDI grant recipients use this funding together with a new Section 108 loan.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): Economic Development Initiative (EDI)
HUD offers grant funding to local governments through EDI, but this funding can only be used in conjunction with projects being aided by Section 108 funding.
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): Brownfields Funding Information

Description of all available EPA funding:


This site provides information on applying for various types of EPA brownfields funding grants and other funding opportunities.
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.


Resource Website Description
ATSDR Brownfields/Land Reuse Site Tool A rapid site assessment and multiple chemical exposure dose calculating tool that allows users to assess sites by past/future use, institutional controls, sensitive populations, and suspected or confirmed contamination.
ATSDR Action Model ATSDR’s Brownfields/Land Reuse Action Model helps diverse members of the development community in identifying common goals and incorporating these goals in strategic planning. The model consists of four steps that ask key questions to assist in planning, and encourages people to think about broad public health topics connected to community health.
State and Tribal Response Programs Publications
This online database allows users to search for agencies, organizations, groups, and others working on brownfields issues in individual states nationwide. This search engine provides users with the option of identifying organizations by type or location (i.e., nationwide, state, or region).
Sustainable Communities Index The Sustainable Communities Index is a system of indicators for livable, equitable and prosperous cities. This site provides the methods and data sources required for collecting indicators in your city or region and resources for applying these metrics to planning, policy making and civic engagement.
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. This represents the first nationwide neighborhood design rating system, incorporating standards of green building, urbanism, and smart growth.
Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE EH) NACCHO and CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health collaborated to develop the PACE EH methodology, which provides guidance for local health officials and communities worldwide in performing community environmental health assessments. The tool 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.
Sustainable Management Approaches and Revitalization Tools– electronic (SMARTe)
SMARTe is a free web-based tool that enables users to make decisions about the best ways to redevelop lands. SMARTe was developed by EPA, the U.S.-German Bilateral Working Group, and the Interstate Technology Regulatory Council Brownfields Team to provide a tool that would enable brownfields stakeholders to analyze various aspects of redevelopment options specific to their projects, such as market costs, financing options, environmental risks, and state-specific information.

Other Sources of Information

Resource Website Description
ATSDR Public Health Assessment Guidance
This guidance describes ATSDR’s public health assessment process and resources, which could be applied during the assessment phases of redevelopment and revitalization projects. A community member can learn how to request or “petition” a public health assessment at:
ATSDR On-line Learning Course: Public Health Assessment Overview

Part 1: Explains ATSDR’s role in the public health assessment process and how affected community members can become constructively involved.

Part 2: Describes how to assess exposures and evaluate potential public health hazards.

Part 3: Details how ATSDR makes its public health conclusions, recommendations, and action plans.

National Association of Counties (NACo)


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Under an EPA grant, APA is developing Community-Based Brownfields Redevelopment Strategies to assist low-income communities with redevelopment opportunities for brownfield sites. When completed, APA will have a workbook and training program that can assist community development corporations and planners nationwide to revitalize these communities. This site also contains an extensive list of documents to guide and provide information on brownfields projects.
ASTM International ASTM International has published the Standard Guide for Process of Sustainable Brownfields Redevelopment to explain the process involved with redeveloping brownfields properties for any stakeholder.
Brownfields and Land Revitalization Technology Support Center (BTSC) BTSC assists decision-makers in various aspects involved with cleaning up contaminated sites.
Environmental Law Institute: Guidebook for Brownfield Property Owners
This free online report discusses the process, issues, and benefits of brownfields redevelopment for property owners.
State and Tribal Response Programs Publications
EPA reports outline various financial tools and incentives that state and tribal governments provide to revitalize brownfield sites.
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.
Center for Environmental Policy and Management at University of Louisville
CEPM Practice Guides provide practical advice and support to policy makers and organizations on environmental policy issues. These guide books serve as resources for technical assistance, best practices and financing mechanisms to maintain or improve environmental conditions.
National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP)) NALGEP, a not-for-profit organization developed to help local governments handle environmental issues, coordinates the Brownfield Communities Network—a network of local com munities demonstrating that remediation and redevelopment of environmentally contaminated land can effectively revitalize communities nationwide. NALGEP’s website provides information on smart growth, local innovation, and other helpful resources, including Revitalizing Southeastern Communities, a toolkit highlighting over 60 case studies of successful brownfields projects.
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is a Health Association society for environmental health professionals. This site offers case studies on land use planning and design projects with which NEHA has been involved, that specifically integrate environmental health.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA): Portfields
NOAA is a leader of a federal interagency effort known as Portfields, which redevelops brownfields located in harbor and port areas, with a particular focus on developing port facilities that are environmentally sound.
U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM)
The U.S. Conference of Mayors has conducted brownfield surveys across the nation for a decade. It has released seven status reports on brownfield sites across the Unites States, with the latest titled Recycling America’s Land: A National Report on Brownfields Redevelopment, Volume VII.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s EPA’s) Brownfields Page This site is EPA’s main brownfields page. It provides quick links to several helpful information resources, such as funding guidance, success stories, state programs, and brownfields law.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): State Brownfields and Voluntary Response Programs— An Update from the States

This 2008 report provides a concise, user-friendly synopsis of the programs and tools that are available through state programs.

It offers contact information and material on each state’s response program

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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