Brownfield Gap Financing
The Brownfield Gap Financing program (BGFP) provides grants to nonprofit developers for environmental assessment of property in Hennepin County through funding from the County’s Environmental Response Fund (ERF). This fund is intended to be used for unexpected environmental issues, to prepare for a larger funding request in the County funding cycle, or to identify/clarify and, in some cases, remediate suspected environmental concerns. Minnesota Brownfields is the co-administrator of the BGFP. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and all funding decisions are made by Hennepin County. All nonprofit developers are encouraged to apply for funds.
Typical BGFP grants are <$15,000. Projects may apply for a maximum of $15,000 total in a 12-month span. Projects benefit the community through the development or clean-up of greenspace, recreation centers, affordable housing, education centers, community centers, and neighborhood level economic development opportunities. Information about developing brownfields for community gardens can be found here.
In 2016, the Brownfield Gap Financing Program:
Made total grants of $188,643 in these categories:
- Affordable housing: 83%
- Youth and family services: 8%
- Neighborhood revitalization: 9%
Click here to view an interactive BGFP map (2002-16)
1) View our criteria checklist for eligible projects
2) Complete a BGFP Application (completed by non-profit developer).
3) Obtain an itemized cost estimate from one of our approved contractors here: BGFP Contractors
We look forward to working with you. Please send completed applications and direct questions to:
Hava Blair, Program Coordinator
PO Box 16244
St. Paul MN 55116
Radon testing is supported in these limited situations:
- applicant is a non-profit organization or a government entity (i.e., HC Community Works)
- project involves affordable housing (i.e. not market rate), and
- radon testing is required as part of financial support.
Anishinabe Wakiagun – “Bii-Gii-Wiin” Housing Addition: Located adjacent to the Minneapolis American Indian Center, just west of the Hiawatha corridor, Anishinabe Wakiagun was the first housing unit established by the American Indian Community Development Corporation (AICDC) in Minneapolis, back in 1993. As a means to continue filling the gap in such services, the AICDC has gone forward with the successful acquisition of a 2015 BGFP grant. This funding will help to complete Phase I/Phase II ESA, complete a Response Action Plan and request for supplemental Application Consultation during this expansion of the original building. With assistance from the Project for Pride in Living, the expansion is expected to be completed by May 2016 and will provide the site with an additional 32 units of housing, expanded parking lot as well as green space for the community.
Clara Barton Open School: BGFP funded soil sampling to aid in the construction of Clara Barton Open School’s community. The program helped make significant gains in reaching the school’s goals of enhancing the Open Curriculum by providing opportunities for hands-on learning to cultivate student curiosity and exploration, and to make the school grounds a greener and healthier environment by co-creating a successful, sustainable vegetable garden using organic methods.
The Cookie Cart: Located in north Minneapolis, the Cookie Cart provides teens with work, life and leadership skills through experience and training in an urban nonprofit bakery. Through the BGFP, the nonprofit was able to conduct a Phase I ESA and asbestos/hazardous materials survey to mitigate the costs of their full renovation, enabling them to double the number of teens they employ.