State Resources

The Kentucky Brownfield Program can provide Targeted Brownfield Assessments to municipalities, quasi-governmental agencies and nonprofit agencies free of charge. A candidate site should have redevelopment potential and suffer from the stigma of potential environmental liability. A limited number of these assessments are performed each year, so they are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Amanda LeFevre at 800-926-8111 or amanda.lefevre@ky.gov.


The Kentucky Cleaner Commonwealth Fund provides grant funding and no- or low-interest loans for brownfields site assessment and cleanup. Local governments, quasi-governmental agencies, and nonprofits are all eligible for both grants and loans, while private entities can receive loans. The next round of funding will be released in late 2014. Contact Amanda LeFevre at 800-926-8111 or amanda.lefevre@ky.gov.


The Commonwealth of Kentucky offers tax incentives and credits to individuals or businesses that complete a cabinet-approved cleanup on a qualified property. Incentives include reduced state property taxes, no local property taxes, and income tax credits for the cost of cleanup. Contact Herb Petitjean at Contact Herb Petitjean at 502-564-0323 or herb.petitjean@ky.gov.


The Program funds environmental site assessments of brownfield sites in Louisville Metro. The Brownfield Assessment Program funds 100% of the assessment costs, and is administered by the Department of Economic Growth and Innovation. Call 502-574-4140 for more information.


The Brownfield Cleanup Loan Program (BCLP) offers below-market rate loans to brownfield property owners and prospective purchasers with the objective to assist in the cleanup of brownfield properties to return them to productive use. Call 502-574-4140 for more information.


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.