State Resources

The BOA Implementation Guide is a tool meant to inform and equip community-based organizations (“CBO”s) in the City of New York in facilitating development projects at underutilized property as a means for bringing about broader neighborhood and community revitalization.  Appendix A (page 63) in the document contains a particularl useful set of funding sources suited for land recycling and redevelopment projects both within New York City, and the State of New York at large.


The New York Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Excellence Awards highlight “outstanding, innovative and sustainable projects or programs and unique partnerships that are contributing to a healthier environment and economy and serving as models of excellence.” These awards are given out yearly to organizations committed to leading by example in their industry.


The Department of State’s Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) Program provides communities with guidance, expertise and financial assistance, up to 90 percent of the total eligible project costs, to complete revitalization and implementation strategies for neighborhoods or areas affected by brownfields or economic distress. Applications are not currently being accepted, but will be reopened soon. Visit http://www.dos.ny.gov/opd/programs/brownFieldOpp/ContactBOAstaff.html to find the correct contact person for your region.


Technical Assistance Grants are a citizen participation tool available to eligible community groups to increase public awareness and understanding of remedial activities taking place in their community. Eligible community groups may apply to receive grants for up to $50,000 per eligible site. Contact the TAG Coordinator at 518-402-9711.


The brownfield redevelopment tax credit consists of the sum of three separate credit components involving costs related to (1) site cleanup, (2) groundwater cleanup, and (3) development on a brownfield site.


The NYC Brownfield Incentive Grant Program seeks to spur the cleanup and redevelopment of NYC brownfields by offering grants to property owners and developers for activities throughout the brownfield development process, from the earliest stages of information gathering through environmental investigation and cleanup work. A variety of grants are available, and applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Contact Office of Environmental Remediation staff at 212-380-1562 or grants@nycbig.info.


The city provides assistance to prospective purchasers or sellers of industrial properties for investigating environmental conditions. The applicant's share of investigation costs will be one dollar for every two dollars of City funds. The City will cover the entire cost of the consultant report if the environmental conditions of the site prove to be unsuitable for redevelopment. Call 585-428-6808 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.