Financial Resources

This page contains financial resources for brownfield projects available through the Federal government, the state of Minnesota and Minnesota local government

FEDERAL RESOURCES

UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (USEPA)

EPA’s Brownfields Program provides grants and technical assistance to communities, states, tribes and others to assess, safely clean up and sustainably reuse contaminated properties.   To learn about EPA’s broader efforts to put previously contaminated properties back into productive use, read about our Land Revitalization Program.

Grants

Types of Grant Funding
Solicitations for Brownfield Grants

Technical Assistance, Training and Research

Targeted Brownfields Assessments
Technical Assistance, Training, and Research
Land Revitalization Technical Assistance 

STATE RESOURCES

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (DEED)

The Department of Employment and Economic Development has a number of programs designed to facilitate the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated land.
Contamination Cleanup and Investigation Grant
Helps pay for assessing and cleaning contaminated sites for private or public redevelopment.

Cleanup Revolving Loan Program
Provides low-interest loans through the U.S. EPA to clean up contaminated sites that can be returned to marketable use.

Redevelopment Grant Program
Helps communities with the costs of redeveloping blighted industrial, residential, or commercial sites and putting land back into productive use.

Demolition Loan Program
Helps with the costs of demolishing blighted buildings on sites that have future development potential but no current plans.

MINNESOTA POLLUTION CONTROL AGENCY

Minnesota Targeted Brownfields Assessment Program

The MPCA Brownfield Program administers the Minnesota Targeted Brownfields Assistance Program (MNTBAP) using funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The funding allows the MPCA to offer environmental assessment grants for qualifying projects to assist with the redevelopment/reuse of brownfield properties, including the creation of community greenspace. Work is performed by MPCA contractors at no cost to the grant recipient.

Minnesota Targeted Brownfields Assessment Program | Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (state.mn.us)

LOCAL GOVERNMENT RESOURCES

METROPOLITAN COUNCIL BROWNFIELD GRANT PROGRAM

The Tax Base Revitalization Account (TBRA) provides $5 million annually to investigate and clean up brownfields — contaminated land, ground water, or buildings — for redevelopment. TBRA provides key support for a wide range of projects, from affordable and market rate multi‐family housing to commercial and industrial redevelopment. 

Tax Base Revitalization Account (TBRA) - Metropolitan Council (metrocouncil.org)

Additional Resources:
Comparison of Selected Local Brownfield Grant Programs
Spring Cleanup Webinar
 
COUNTY GOVERNMENT RESOURCES (Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey Counties)

DAKOTA COUNTY

DAKOTA COUNTY REDEVELOPMENT INCENTIVE GRANT PROGRAM

Since 2007, the Dakota County Community Development Agency (CDA) has been encouraging community revitalization and assisting Dakota County cities with their redevelopment goals through a locally funded initiative called the Redevelopment Incentive Grant Program (RIG). To date, the CDA has awarded over $13 million to 64 redevelopment projects and 27 planning activities. The CDA’s RIG program has leveraged over $165 million in other public and private funding for redevelopment efforts in Dakota County.

The Dakota County CDA is accepting applications for the 2022 fiscal year (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022). All cities in Dakota County are eligible to apply. Maximum grant for plans is $15,000 and maximum grant for projects is $250,000. 

Redevelopment Incentive Grant Program - Dakota County Community Development Agency (dakotacda.org) 
DAKOTA COUNTY REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

The Dakota County Community Development Agency (CDA)  Redevelopment Program provides staff expertise to assist cities with their redevelopment goals. The CDA has worked with cities on a wide variety of projects ranging from the acquisition of affordable housing sites to the redevelopment of commercial sites.  We’re happy to work with you on your acquisition, relocation, demolition or environmental remediation needs.

HENNEPIN COUNTY


The county supports the redevelopment of contaminated properties known as “brownfields.” Whether your development project is starting the investigation phase or needs assistance with managing known contamination, Hennepin County offers a variety of funding sources, including assessment funding; environmental response fund grants; and brownfield cleanup revolving loans.

 

RAMSEY COUNTY

Redevelopment in Ramsey County often means addressing legacy environmental issues, or “brownfields”.  An Environmental Response Fund (ERF) grant program provides resources to offset the cost of environmental assessment and cleanup.

Who can apply?
Local governmental organizations, developers, for-profit and not‐for‐profit organizations are eligible for ERF grants. ERF grants are not available to non-local government responsible parties.

Funding timeline and availability
Proposals are typically accepted on May 1 and Nov. 1 of each year.

The timing of the ERF grant round coincides with contamination cleanup grant programs administered by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and the Metropolitan Council to maximize collaboration among the three funders. Applicants are encouraged to coordinate their application with the other grant programs. Approximately $500,000 is distributed in every Ramsey County ERF grant round.

Before applying, please contact Economic Development to discuss your project and application requirements.

Environmental Response Fund

For more information about the Redevelopment Program, contact the Assistant Director of Community & Economic Development at 651-675-4464.