State Resources

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP) is a state-competitive grant program, funded by the Florida Legislature which provides financial assistance to local governments to develop and/or acquire land for public outdoor recreational purposes. The 2015-2016 FRDAP submission cycle opened Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 and will close Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Contact Mary Ann Lee or Angie Bright at 850-245-2501 or mary.ann.lee@dep.state.fl.us and angie.bright@dep.state.fl.us.


The SSA program provides up to $200,000 in assessment costs (including Phase I and II ESAs), and up to $200,000 in limited cleanup costs. Nonprofits, local governments, quasi-governmental entities, and private property owners are eligible. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Contact Joseph McGarrity at 850-245-8927 or joseph.mcgarrity@dep.state.fl.us.


A number of corporate income tax credits are available to sites that participate in the voluntary cleanup program. Costs must be claimed in the year they were incurred, with an annual application deadline of January 31. Contact Teresa Booeshaghi at Teresa.Booeshaghi@dep.state.fl.us or 850-245-8933.


Sales taxes paid on building materials used in a housing project or mixed-use project located in a designated brownfield area or urban infill area, are eligible for refund. Contact Andrea Hunter at 850-717-7773.


Up to 5 years of state loan guarantees may be available for redevelopment projects in brownfield areas. The loan guaranty applies to 50% of the primary lender loan, or 75% for affordable housing. Contact Karl Blischke at 850-922-8743 or Karl.Blischke@eog.myflorida.com.


The West Florida Regional Planning Council's Brownfields Program is being implemented through an EPA Revolving Loan Fund to assist in cleanup planning and remediation activities. Municipalities in Bay, Escambia, Holmes, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton and Washington Counties are eligible. Contact Mike Reistad at 850-332-7976 x222 or Michael.Reistad@wfrpc.org.


The Heartland Brownfields Revitalization Partnership (HBRP) assists local governments in DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Okeechobee & Polk Counties to clean up abandoned or underused commercial and industrial sites. If sites prove to be contaminated, loan and subgrant funding through a Revolving Loan Fund is available. Contact Helen Sears at 863-534-7130 x124 or hsears@cfrpc.org.


The Eastward Ho! Brownfields Partnership is inviting local governments, nonprofit entities and private property owners in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties to apply for assistance to have a Phase I or Phase II Environmental Assessment completed for marketable sites and properties. For questions and assistance, please contact Terry Manning at terryman@sfrpc.com or 954-985-4416.


EPA Region 4 provides Targeted Brownfield Assessments (TBAs) which are designed to inventory, characterize, and assess brownfield sites using EPA contractors. The TBA program is open for requests year round, and features a non competitive application process for the award of assessment services. Contact Bob Rosen at rosen.bob@epa.gov or 404-562-8761.


Under the EPA's Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Communities program, CCLR provides in-kind technical assistance and training to communities and other stakeholders on brownfields issues with the goal of increasing the community's understanding and involvement in brownfield cleanup and revitalization. The TAB grants serve as an independent source of information assisting communities with community involvement, better understanding the health impacts of brownfield sites, science and technology relating to brownfield site assessment, remediation, and site preparation activities, brownfield finance questions, and information on integrated approaches to brownfield cleanup and redevelopment.


This grant program provides funding to recipients to conduct research, technical assistance and training that will result in an area-wide plan and implementation strategy for key brownfield sites, which will help inform the assessment, cleanup and reuse of brownfields properties and promote area-wide revitalization. Funding is directed to specific areas, such as a neighborhood, downtown district, local commercial corridor, or city block, affected by a single large or multiple brownfield sites. State, local, and tribal governments; quasi-governmental entities; and nonprofits are eligible to apply for up to $200,000. Funding is usually available every 1-2 years, with a deadline in the late summer/fall. Contact your regional EPA staff (listed under the "Contacts" tab) for more information.


Assessment grants provide funding for a grant recipient to inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct planning and community involvement related to brownfields sites. These grants are available to state, local, and tribal governments and quasi-governmental entities. Up to $200,000 is available per site, with larger amounts with a waiver or for a coalition of applicants. The RFP is released annually, generally during the fall. Contact your regional EPA staff (listed under the "Contacts" tab) for more information.


Cleanup grants provide funding for a grant recipient to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites. These grants are available annually, and are available to state, local, and tribal governments; quasi-governmental entities; and nonprofits. The applicant must own the site. Up to $200,000 is available per site, and the grant requires a 20% cost share. The RFP is released annually, generally during the fall. Contact your regional EPA staff (listed under the "Contacts" tab) for more information.


Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) grants provide funding for a grant recipient to capitalize a revolving loan fund and to provide subgrants to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites. When loans are repaid, the loan amount is returned into the fund and re-lent to other borrowers, providing an ongoing source of capital within a community. Eligible applicants include state, local, and tribal governments and quasi-governmental entities. Up to $1,000,000 is available with a 20% cost share requirement, and at least 60% of the total amount must be used for the RLF. The RFP is released annually, generally during the fall. Contact your regional EPA staff (listed under the "Contacts" tab) for more information.


Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants will support the development of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans which, when implemented, transform distressed public and assisted housing, support positive outcomes for families in the target development(s), and transform distressed, high-poverty neighborhoods into viable, mixed-income neighborhoods with access to well-functioning services, high quality public schools and education programs, high quality early learning programs and services, public assets, public transportation, and improved access to jobs. Local governments, tribes, and nonprofits are eligible for up to $500,000.


The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs, and can be used for a range of brownfield-related purposes. Larger cities and urban counties receive annual grants from HUD, while smaller communities must apply through their state.


Annual Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grants provide funding recruit, train, and place predominantly low-income and minority, unemployed and under-employed people living in areas affected by solid and hazardous waste. Nonprofits; local, state, and tribal governments; colleges and universities; and quasi-governmental entities are eligible to apply for up to $200,000. The RFP is generally released at the beginning of every year. Contact your regional EPA staff (listed under the "Contacts" tab) for more information.


Greening America's Capitals is a program to help state capitals develop an implementable vision of environmentally friendly neighborhoods that incorporate innovative green infrastructure strategies. Through the EPA-HUD-DOT Partnership for Sustainable Communities, EPA funds a team of designers to visit each city to produce schematic designs and exciting illustrations intended to catalyze or complement a larger planning process for the pilot neighborhood. Additionally, these pilots are often the testing ground for citywide actions, such as changes to local codes and ordinances to better support sustainable growth and green infrastructure. The design team and EPA, HUD, and DOT staff also assist city staff in developing specific implementation strategies. Contact Abby Hall at 415-972-3384 or hall.abby@epa.gov. The Request for Letters of Interest can be found at www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/pdf/greencapitals/gac-request-for-letters-of-int...


Partners for Places is a matching grant program that creates opportunities for cities and counties to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations. The grant program will provide partnership investments between $25,000 and $75,000 for one year projects, or $50,000 and $150,000 for two year projects, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local foundations. Applications are usually due in late summer. Contact Ann Wallace at 617-524-9239 or ann@fundersnetwork.org for more information.