State Resources

Integrated Planning Grants from the Washington Dept. of Ecology provide up to $200,000 to local governments without requiring local matching funds. These grants allow local governments to conduct due diligence on a brownfield site and create a well-developed strategy for cleanup and redevelopment before investing local funds. Contact Alan Bogner 360-407-7188 or alan.bogner@ecy.wa.gov.


The Department of Ecology offers a number of grants and loans to local governments to facilitate the cleanup of publicly owned lands contaminated with hazardous substances and to lessen the impact of such cleanups on local ratepayers. Eligible costs under the various programs include investigation and cleanup, actions to protect groundwater and drinking water from contamination, assessment of site hazards, and cleanup of derelict vessels. 2013 legislation changed the requirements of a number of these programs; contact Connie Rivera at connie.rivera@commerce.wa.gov or (360) 725-3088.


EPA Region 10 provides Targeted Brownfield Assessments (TBAs) which are designed to inventory, characterize, and assess brownfield sites using EPA contractors. Local governments, nonprofits, and quasi-governmental agencies are eligible to apply for any site where redevelopment is planned. The TBA program is open for requests year round. Contact Joanne LaBaw at 206-553-2594 or labaw.joanne@epa.gov 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. Contact Ignacio Dayrit at 415-398-1080 x107 or ignacio.dayrit@cclr.org.


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 areas affected by brownfields. These grants are available to state, local, and tribal governments and quasi-governmental entities. Up to $150,000 each is available per site, or for areas affected by hazardous substances or petroleum contamination, 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.


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 Communities 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 Clark Wilson  at wilson.clark@epa.gov or 202-566-2880. 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.