The Tax Base Revitalization Account (TBRA) is one of three voluntary grant programs provided by the Metropolitan Council’s Livable Communities program. TBRA provides funds to investigate and clean up polluted land, ground water or hazardous materials in existing buildings (i.e., brownfields) for economic redevelopment projects that enhance the tax base of a municipality while promoting job retention or job growth and/or the production of affordable housing.
TBRA funds are raised by a legislatively authorized levy capped at $5 million annually.
Applications for contamination investigation or cleanup associated with a redevelopment project will be accepted twice (the first regular business day on or after May 1 and November 1). Advance preparation is a key to a successful application. For example, it can take 60-75 days to compile all of the environmental information and approvals necessary to complete a contamination cleanup grant application. Some cities require up to 6 weeks advance notice to issue a required city resolution of support for a grant application.
The TBRA is coordinated with complementary programs at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Hennepin County and Ramsey County.