ECRG Round 2 is now open
In 2021, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation referred to as the Cleanup In Vulnerable Communities Initiative (CVCI), allocating $500 million to expedite the cleanup and beneficial reuse of contaminated properties, with priority given to properties in historically vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. The Department of Toxic Substances Control’s Office of Brownfields Equitable Community Revitalization Grant (ECRG) will provide more than $250 million in grants to incentivize cleanup and investment in disadvantaged areas of California.
The program gives California communities an unprecedented opportunity to address historic environmental injustices and set a new path for land use that will have immediate and lasting benefits, such as recreational uses (parks and other green spaces), commercial enterprises and housing.
Prepare for Application Success
CCLR provides an array of resources for potential applicants and through the application process as the brownfield technical assistance provider for ECRG grants. Prepare for the application by reviewing the ECRGuidelines, and by filling out the Eligibility Self-Check Tool. Once complete, schedule your free 30 minute application assistance.
In addition to the free support offered through DTSC’s Brownfield Technical Assistance Provider (B-TAP), several environmental consultants have offered their services to help applicants design the scope and budgeting sections of the ECRG application. If interested, applicants may reach out directly to the companies listed on this sheet for pro bono consultation.
More information and Resources
For more information and resources on ECRG, visit the New Applicant Resources page on DTSC’s Website.
Support for Grant Applicants
The Center for Creative Land Recycling is DTSC’s ECRG Brownfield Technical Assistance Provider and can assist you at every step of the application process, from how to get started to where to get the information you need to prepare a competitive proposal, at no cost to you!
CCLR has 23 years of experience using specialized knowledge around land reuse to help communities and their partners imagine a better future for idled lands and in finding the resources to make those new visions a reality.
- A dedicated team: CCLR’s Revitalization Specialists will work one-on-one to answer your questions and guide you through the application process. They will provide support at every step of the process, from Pre-Qualifying to grant award.
- Webinars and educational events: ECRG programming will position you for success. Learn about hiring a contractor, developing requests for proposals/qualifications, cost estimating, engaging with your regulatory agency, and other important information.
- General redevelopment project support: CCLR can provide a range of assistance throughout the lifespan of a redevelopment project including support for site reuse planning and how to leverage other grant, loan, and assistance programs.
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Natalie Nava is the Program Manager for CCLR’s team working on the ECRG. A California native raised in an environmental justice community, Natalie has worked for over a decade to advance equity by bringing stakeholders together to create opportunities for community self determination, sustainability, and economic prosperity. She brings significant experience in transportation and urban planning, community engagement, and organizational management. Click here to see the full team available to assist you with the ECRG program!