Community Brownfield Funding Resources

Community Brownfield Funding AssistanceSABR has compiled a list of various sources of assistance available to communities for assessing, remediating and redeveloping brownfields and revitalizing neighborhoods. These can range from technical assistance in area-wide planning or completing grant applications, seed money from foundations to leverage other sources of funding, in-kind services for assessment and sampling, grants and loans for brownfield cleanup and development and serving disadvantaged communities, or tax credits for historic preservation.

Information on the various programs is organized by the type of organization with oversight (e.g., federal, state, regional, private). Use the "Funding Types" tabbed menu, below, to view information about each program.

For more information, please contact Ildi Pallos at or (614) 644-2086.

The program management office was established in 2002, as a part of the President's Management Agenda. Managed by the Department of Health and Human Services, is an E-Government initiative operating under the governance of the Office of Management and Budget.

Under the President's Management Agenda, the office was chartered to deliver a system that provides a centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for federal funding opportunities. Today, the system houses information on over 1,000 grant programs and vets grant applications for 26 federal grant-making agencies.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination, and transform the way HUD does business. HUD awards grants to organizations and groups for a variety of purposes. To participate in the HUD grants program, you need to be registered with

Map of Field Offices

  HUD Field Offices

HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination, and transform the way HUD does business. HUD awards grants to organizations and groups for a variety of purposes. To participate in the HUD grants program, you need to be registered with

Community Development Block Grant Program

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. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD. The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to 1209 general units of local government and States.

The CDBG program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. CDBG is an important tool for helping local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities. The CDBG program has made a difference in the lives of millions of people and their communities across the Nation.

The annual CDBG appropriation is allocated between States and local jurisdictions called "non-entitlement" and "entitlement" communities respectively. Entitlement communities are comprised of central cities of Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs); metropolitan cities with populations of at least 50,000; and qualified urban counties with a population of 200,000 or more (excluding the populations of entitlement cities). States distribute CDBG funds to non-entitlement localities not qualified as entitlement communities.

Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants

The Sustainable Communities Regional Planning (SCRP) Grant Program supports locally-led collaborative efforts that bring together diverse interests from the many municipalities in a region to determine how best to target housing, economic and workforce development, and infrastructure investments to create more jobs and regional economic activity. The Program places a priority on investing in partnerships, including nontraditional partnerships (e.g., arts and culture, recreation, public health, food systems, regional planning agencies and public education entities) that translate the Six Livability Principles into strategies that direct long-term development and reinvestment, demonstrate a commitment to addressing issues of regional significance, use data to set and monitor progress toward performance goals, and engage stakeholders and residents in meaningful decision-making roles. The SCRP program is a key initiative of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, in which HUD works with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) to coordinate and leverage programs and investments.

Community Challenge Grants

The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s $28 million Community Challenge Planning Grant Program fosters reform and reduces barriers to achieving affordable, economically vital, and sustainable communities. Such efforts may include amending or replacing local master plans, zoning codes, and building codes, either on a jurisdiction-wide basis or in a specific neighborhood, district, corridor, or sector to promote mixed-use development, affordable housing, the reuse of older buildings and structures for new purposes, and similar activities with the goal of promoting sustainability at the local or neighborhood level. This Program also supports the development of affordable housing through the development and adoption of inclusionary zoning ordinances and other activities to support planning implementation.  

National Park Service

The National Park Service cares for America's nearly 400 national parks…and works in almost every one of her 3,141 counties. National Park Service professionals take our mission on the road offering advice, technical assistance, recognition, and even cold, hard cash to help communities across the country preserve their own history and create close-to-home recreation opportunities. Working with our partners the National Park Service has:

  • leveraged more than $55 billion in historic preservation investment through tax incentives awarded more than $5 billion in preservation and outdoor recreation grants

  • listed more than 85,000 properties in the National Register of Historic Places

  • designated more than 1,000 National Recreation Trails

Tax Incentives for Preserving Historic Properties

The Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program encourages private sector investment in the rehabilitation and re-use of historic buildings. It creates jobs and is one of the nation's most successful and cost-effective community revitalization programs. It has leveraged over $62 billion in private investment to preserve 38,000 historic properties since 1976. The National Park Service and the Internal Revenue Service administer the program in partnership with State Historic Preservation Offices.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Great Lankes & Ohio River Division

The Great Lakes and Ohio River Division is one of eight Army Corps of Engineers Regional Business Centers. Using Project Management Business Processes, we operate in concert with our seven Districts as a Regional Business Center where expertise and experience is shared to serve customers across 17 states.

The seven districts are Buffalo District in Buffalo, New York, Chicago District in Chicago, Illinois, Detroit District in Detroit, Michigan, Huntington District in Huntington, West Virginia, Louisville District in Louisville, Kentucky, Nashville District in Nashville, Tennessee, Pittsburgh District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Together, we provide project management, engineering and contracting services across the full spectrum of operations--from peace to war--in support of our national interests.

The Division’s mission is to deliver vital public and military engineering services; partner in peace and war to strengthen our Nation’s security, energize the economy and reduce risks from disasters.

Planning Assistance to States

In 1974, Congress provided the Corps of Engineers a general authority to provide assistance to States in the planning for the development, utilization, and conservation of water and related land resources. Recent amendments have expanded this assistance to ecosystem planning.

This support can be provided to States and tribal governments. Some municipalities have received support under this authority through agreements with their respective states.

One of the most general and broad-reaching elements in the Corps' toolbox, this authority has been used for a variety of water resource planning activities in the Great Lakes region. The Chicago District evaluated potential brownfield sites for the City of Chicago under this authority. The Detroit District has developed a geographic information system (GIS) mapped database of natural resources on tribal lands for the Oneida Nation. Artificial reefs for fish spawning habitat were evaluated for Wisconsin DNR.

This authority requires a cost-sharing partner, who may be a state, local or tribal government. The cost-sharing formula for assistance under this authority is 50% Federal, 50% Non-Federal.

Louisville District - Outreach

The Corps of Engineers is ready to respond to the needs of state and local communities, other Federal agencies, and the Armed Services, by helping resolve water resource problems and provide reliable technical assistance. The Corps maintains a knowledge base to assist our customers with planning, engineering, design, project and contract management and construction.

Our core missions include flood risk management, commercial navigation, environmental restoration, and watershed planning. Other mission we execute include disaster response, water supply, facilities design & construction, installation support, recreation, hydropower, environmental infrastructure, and regulatory.

At the request of local interests, Corps’ assistance in developing and implementing solutions to water resources problems is available under several authorities.

Projects are all cost shared between the federal government and a Non-Federal Sponsor. Cost Shares range from 50/50 to 75/25 depending on the type of project. A Non-Federal Sponsor is a legally constituted public body, such as city, state, county, or conservancy district, that is capable of financing the project and providing for operation and maintenance of the project once completed.

Buffalo District - Projects in Ohio

U.S. Economic Development Administration - EDA

As the only federal government agency focused exclusively on economic development, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) plays a critical role in fostering regional economic development efforts in communities across the nation. Through strategic investments that foster job creation and attract private investment, EDA supports development in economically distressed areas of the United States.

Guided by the basic principle that communities must be empowered to develop and implement their own economic development and revitalization strategies, EDA works directly with local economic development officials to make grant investments that are well-defined, timely, and linked to a long-term, sustainable economic development strategy.

EDA Investment Programs

Public Works: Empowers distressed communities to revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physical infrastructure to attract new industry, encourage business expansion, diversify local economies, and generate or retain long-term, private sector jobs and investment.

Economic Adjustment: Assists state and local interests in designing and implementing strategies to adjust or bring about change to an economy. The program focuses on areas that have experienced or are under threat of serious structural damage to the underlying economic base.

Partnership Planning: Supports local organizations (Economic Development Districts, Indian Tribes, and other eligible areas) with long-term planning efforts. The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS) Summary of Requirements (PDF), provides a synopsis of the requirements for comprehensive economic development strategies.

Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms: A national network of 11 Trade Adjustment Assistance Centers to help strengthen the competitiveness of American companies that have lost domestic sales and employment because of increased imports of similar goods and services.

University Centers: A partnership of the federal government and academia that makes the varied and vast resources of universities available to the economic development community.

Research and National Technical Assistance: Supports research of leading edge, world class economic development practices and information dissemination efforts.


EPA’s Brownfields Program empowers states, communities, and other stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, safely cleanup, and sustainably reuse brownfields. Revitalizing brownfield sites creates benefits at the site and throughout the community.

Grants and Funding

EPA's Brownfields Program provides direct funding for brownfields assessment, cleanup, revolving loans, and environmental job training. To facilitate the leveraging of public resources, EPA's Brownfields Program collaborates with other EPA programs, other federal partners, and state agencies to identify and make available resources that can be used for brownfields activities. In addition to direct brownfields funding, EPA also provides technical information on brownfields financing matters.

Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program: The grant funding and direct assistance (through Agency contract support) will result in an area-wide plan which will inform the assessment, cleanup and reuse of brownfields properties and promote area-wide revitalization.

Assessment Grants: Assessment grants provide funding for a grant recipient to inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct planning and community involvement related to brownfield sites. Revolving Loan Fund Grants: The purpose of Revolving Loan Fund Grants is to enable States, political subdivisions, and Indian tribes to make low interest loans to carryout cleanup activities at brownfields properties. Cleanup Grants: Cleanup grants provide funding for a grant recipient to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites.

Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants: Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants are designed to provide funding to eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations, to recruit, train, and place predominantly low-income and minority, unemployed and under-employed residents of solid and hazardous waste-impacted communities with the skills needed to secure full-time, sustainable employment in the environmental field and in the assessment and cleanup work taking place in their communities.

Multi-Purpose Pilot Grants: The EPA is piloting a new grant program that will provide a single grant to an eligible entity for both assessment and cleanup work at a specific brownfield site owned by the applicant.

Training, Research, and Technical Assistance Grants: Training, Research, and Technical Assistance Grants provide funding to eligible organizations to provide training, research, and technical assistance to facilitate brownfields revitalization.

Targeted Brownfields Assessments: The Targeted Brownfields Assessment (TBA) program is designed to help states, tribes, and municipalities–especially those without EPA Brownfields Assessment Pilots/Grants–minimize the uncertainties of contamination often associated with brownfields.

Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. EPA has this goal for all communities and persons across this Nation. It will be achieved when everyone enjoys the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.

Environmental Justice Grants & Cooperative Agreements

The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program provides financial assistance to eligible organizations to build collaborative partnerships, to identify the local environmental and/or public health issues, and to envision solutions and empower the community through education, training, and outreach.

The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program provides financial assistance to eligible organizations working on or planning to work on projects to address local environmental and/or public health issues in their communities, using EPA's "Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model."

The Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreements in Support of Communities Directly Affected by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico will provide funding to local non-profit community-based organizations—including faith-based organizations, environmental justice networks, and local Native American tribal governments in Regions 4 or 6—to assist local communities facing environmental justice challenges and help develop educational materials and strategies on how to address and adapt to the spill’s long-term effects.

EPA Grant Competition Forecast - 2015

EPA is committed to making it easier for communities to access our grant resources. Here is the calendar of expected 2015 competitive grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities. We will update this information periodically as needed. These opportunities, as well as other EPA grant opportunities, will be posted on

USDA Rural Development

Welcome to USDA Rural Development. We are committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. Through our programs, we touch rural America in many ways.

Our financial programs support such essential public facilities and services as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency service facilities and electric and telephone service. We promote economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks , credit unions and community-managed lending pools. We offer technical assistance and information to help agricultural producers and cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their operations. We provide technical assistance to help communities undertake community empowerment programs.

Community Facilities Loans and Grants

Community Facilities Programs provide loans, grant and loan guarantees for essential community facilities in rural areas. Priority is given to health care, education and public safety projects. Typical projects are hospitals, health clinics, schools, fire houses, community centers and many other community based initiatives. Visit the following links for more information and assistance in utilizing these funding sources.

Other Programs & Services for Communities & Nonprofits

Purposes: To develop water and waste disposal systems in rural areas and towns with a population not in excess of 10,000. The funds are available to public bodies, non-profit corporations and Indian tribes. 


Foundations Funding Process Guide

Community Foundations

A community foundation is a charitable organization created by and for a community of people. It is supported by local donors and governed by a board of private citizens who work toward the greater good of the citizens in the community. Funds come from a variety of sources, including bequests and living trusts, and are invested in perpetuity. The investment earnings are then distributed to worthy organizations or causes. 85 of Ohio's 88 counties are served by community foundations. Community foundations can serve a city, county or region – check foundations in your area to see their service area.

Private Foundations

Private foundations fall into three general categories: corporate foundations, which are legally separate, tax-exempt organizations that make grants on behalf of the parent corporations; corporate giving programs, where the corporation makes grants directly; and family foundations, which are established by an individual or family to channel resources to charitable causes. Private foundations can focus on the region served by the company or where the family lives, or specific causes.

List of private foundations that serve Ohio in the environmental, community and neighborhood development:

Resources for Foundation Funding

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The Chronicle of Philanthropy is the No. 1 news source, in print and online, for nonprofit leaders, fund raisers, grant makers, and other people involved in the philanthropic enterprise. For more than 20 years, The Chronicle has been connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas.

The Chronicle provides news and information for executives of tax-exempt organizations in health, education, religion, the arts, social services, and other fields, as well as fund raisers, professional employees of foundations, institutional investors, corporate grant makers, and charity donors. Along with news, it offers such service features as lists of grants, fundraising ideas and techniques, statistics, reports on tax and court rulings, summaries of books, and a calendar of events.

Council on Foundations

The Council on Foundations, formed in 1949, is a nonprofit membership association of grant-making foundations and corporations. Members of the Council include more than 1,700 independent, operating, community, public and company-sponsored foundations, and corporate giving programs in the United States and abroad. The Council’s mission is to provide the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance, and sustain their ability to advance the common good.

The Foundation Center

(also provides subscription service)

Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 550 foundations, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit the Center's web site each day and are served in its five library/learning centers and at more than 470 Funding Information Network locations nationwide and around the world.


(also provides subscription service)

Here at GuideStar we gather and disseminate information about every single IRS-registered nonprofit organization. We provide as much information as we can about each nonprofit's mission, legitimacy, impact, reputation, finances, programs, transparency, governance, and so much more. We do that so you can take the information and make the best decisions possible. Learn about our impact and results in 2013.

We encourage nonprofits to share information about their organizations openly and completely. Any nonprofit in our database can update its report—for free. We combine the information that nonprofits supply with data from several other sources.

The Grantsmanship Center

(also provides subscription service)

Our job is to help private and public nonprofits make better communities. And we do that by offering training and publications to help organizations plan solid programs, write logical, compelling grant proposals and create earned income opportunities. Whether you want to secure, award, or manage grants or create earned income to supplement grants, we at The Grantsmanship Center provide tools to help you do your job— trainings, articles, books, webcasts, and blogs. These resources are designed so you can help your organization get and use funding for your community.

Invest in Neighborhood Inc. (Cincinnati)

Invest in Neighborhoods Inc. is a nonprofit organization created in 1982 to promote and assist the 51 community councils that represent the neighborhoods of Cincinnati, Ohio. Our mission is to assist the councils with financial resources and to promote self-sufficiency and leadership skills of the councils and their residents.

We do this through:

  • Neighborhood Fund: This perpetual fund generates significant income that is divided among member community councils on an annual basis.

  • Technical Assistance and Leadership Development: We provide assistance on a daily basis to community councils for their regular operations. We also collaborate with other agencies to assure that a plethora of leadership development opportunities are available to the councils.

  • Leadership Manual:

Thriving Communities Institute (Northern Ohio)

In March 2011, Western Reserve Land Conservancy launched a region-wide effort to help revitalize our urban centers. We named the effort Thriving Communities Institute because of all the connotations the word thriving holds for urban centers: flourishing, prospering, blossoming and successful. Our cities have thrived in the past; and we believe they will thrive again. They will move from vacancy to vitality.

Land Banks

An Ohio land bank (land reutilization corporation) is a community improvement corporation organized under Chapters 1724 and 5722 of the Ohio Revised Code for the purposes of:

a) facilitating the reclamation, rehabilitation, and reutilization of vacant, abandoned, tax-foreclosed, or other real property within the county;
b) efficiently holding and managing vacant, abandoned, or tax-foreclosed real property pending its reclamation, rehabilitation, and reutilization;
c) assisting governmental entities and other nonprofit or for-profit persons to assemble, clear, and clear the title of property in a coordinated manner; or
d) promoting economic and housing development.
Land banks were created to replace systems generally comprised of the sale of tax liens or public tax auctions where local governments sell their interest in tax-delinquent property to speculators, often for pennies on the dollar. Land banks give communities the opportunity to repurpose abandoned properties in a manner consistent with the communities’ values and needs - demolishing unsalvageable homes and creating open green space or a community garden, restoring interesting buildings, or simply holding land in stewardship until a new purpose can be determined.




Center for Community Progress

Founded in 2010, the Center for Community Progress is the only national 501(c)3 nonprofit organization solely dedicated to building a future in which entrenched, systemic blight no longer exists in American communities. The mission of Community Progress is to ensure that communities have the vision, knowledge, and systems to transform blighted, vacant, and other problem properties into assets supporting neighborhood vitality.

Land Bank Information Headquarter

Community Progress is proud to be at the forefront of the national land bank movement. Since the organization’s founding in 2010, we have:

  • Helped design and supported successful efforts to pass state enabling legislation and legislative reforms for land banking in nine states

  • Provided direct assistance to the leadership of more than 70 land banks around the country



Greater Ohio Policy Center (GOPC), a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Columbus and operating statewide, develops and advances policies and practices that value our urban cores and metropolitan regions as economic drivers and preserve Ohio’s open space and farmland. Through education, research and outreach, GOPC strives to create a political and policy climate receptive to new economic and governmental structures that advance sustainable development and economic growth.

The Greater Ohio Policy Center’s latest report, “Taking Stock of Ohio County Land Banks: Current Practices and Promising Strategies,” utilizes interviews, conference presentations, media coverage, and land bank documents to assess the current state of land banking in Ohio. Through its research, GOPC places land banks in the larger context of community revitalization and highlights promising county land bank programs that have the potential to greatly contribute to sustainable economic and community redevelopment throughout Ohio.


In 2006, Western Reserve Land Conservancy was created by the largest-ever merger of land trusts in the United States. Eight northern Ohio land trusts — two of which were themselves the product of mergers — voluntarily joined forces to form a private, nonprofit conservation organization for a region that stretches from Sandusky Bay to the Pennsylvania border and from Lake Erie to Wayne County. Four years later, the Land Conservancy grew again by merging with Grand River Partners. And at the start of 2013, two more conservation groups joined us — the Waite Hill Land Conservancy and the Little Beaver Creek Land foundation. Today, Western Reserve Land Conservancy is the result of the mergers of 13 organizations. With the Little Beaver Creek Land Foundation merger, the Land Conservancy expanded from its footprint from 14 to 17 counties, adding Columbiana, Jefferson and Carroll. In addition, the Land Conservancy in 2011 formed Thriving Communities Institute, a program designed to revitalize Ohio’s urban centers. This program, headed by Jim Rokakis, helped establish county land banks throughout Ohio and secured millions in demolition funding for communities around the state.

Land Bank Playbook

Provided by Thriving Communities Institute of Western Reserve Land Conservancy. We have designed this comprehensive guide to be a resource for those who are planning, establishing, or operating a Land Reutilization Corporation in Ohio. The Playbook contains proven guidelines and best practices, as well as important forms and reference materials.

Ohio Land Bank List

We maintain a list of Ohio counties with existing land banks and provide contact information for each land bank and its board members.

Appalachian Regional Commission ( REGION: Southeast Ohio )

ARC's mission is to be a strategic partner and advocate for sustainable community and economic development in Appalachia.

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC is composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair, who is appointed by the president. Local participation is provided through multi-county local development districts.

ARC funds projects that address the four goals identified in the Commission's strategic plan:

  1. Increase job opportunities and per capita income in Appalachia to reach parity with the nation.

  2. Strengthen the capacity of the people of Appalachia to compete in the global economy.

  3. Develop and improve Appalachia's infrastructure to make the Region economically competitive.

  4. Build the Appalachian Development Highway System to reduce Appalachia's isolation.

Grants and Contracts

ARC awards grants to projects that address one or more of the four goals identified by ARC in its strategic plan and that can demonstrate measurable results. Typically, ARC project grants are awarded to state and local agencies and governmental entities (such as economic development authorities), local governing boards (such as county councils), and nonprofit organizations (such as schools and organizations that build low-cost housing).

ARC targets special assistance to economically distressed counties in the Appalachian Region, allowing up to 80 percent participation in grants in distressed areas.

Map of Distressed Areas FY2014

Almost all program grants originate at the state level. Potential applicants should contact their state ARC program manager to request a pre-application package. The local development district serving the county in which the project is located may provide guidance on a project's eligibility for funding and assistance in preparing a grant application.

Local Development Districts

To ensure that funds are used effectively and efficiently, and to strengthen local participation, ARC works with the Appalachian states to support a network of multicounty planning and development organizations, or local development districts (LDDs), throughout the Region. The 73 LDDs cover all 420 counties in Appalachia.

The LDDs' most important role is to identify priority needs of local communities. Based on these needs, the LDDs work with their board members and other local citizens to develop plans for their communities' economic development, to target and meet the most pressing needs, and to build community unity and leadership.

ODNR - Division of Mineral Resources ( REGION: Southeast Ohio )

Acid Mine Drainage Abatement Program

The Ohio legislature established the Acid Mine Drainage Abatement and Treatment (AMDAT) fund in March 1995. The division transfers up to 30% of the annual federal Abandoned Mine Land (AML) grant into the AMDAT fund. Grant moneys placed into the AMDAT fund, pursuant to ORC 1513.37 (E) are utilized to provide for the long-term clean up of mine drainage problems within watersheds that have been approved as hydrologic units.

The Division of Mineral Resources Management supports and assists local efforts aimed at restoring streams to their pre-mining ecological condition and to construct acid mine drainage (AMD) remediation projects that demonstrate cost-effective environmental benefits.

Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Programs

DMRM administers both a state abandoned mine land program (AML) and a federal AML program to address the highest priority problems resulting from coal mining that occurred prior to enactment of today’s stricter reclamation requirements. Both programs are funded by severance taxes levied on the mining of coal.

State and federal funds provide resources for the Division’s Abandoned Mine Land Program to investigate, design and construct projects to address the environmental, public health and safety problems related to abandoned mines.

Mine Locator

ODNR - Office of Coastal Management ( REGION: Lake Erie Watershed )

Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program

The Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) helps protect coastal and estuarine lands considered important for their ecological, conservation, recreational, historical or aesthetic value or that are threatened by conversion from a natural or recreational state to other uses. This grant program provides federal funding for the purchase of significant coastal and estuarine lands within Ohio’s Lake Erie Watershed, or conservation easements on such lands, from willing sellers.

Coastal Management Assistance Grants

The Ohio Coastal Management Program and its grants strive to promote a sustainable coast and lake. Watershed planning to address coastal nonpoint pollution, balanced growth and water quality-related education and outreach have been given priority for grant funding. The goal is to promote watershed and balanced growth planning that will address natural resource protection and restoration, economic viability and sustainable coastal development issues as well as projects to enhance water quality protection.

Common Brownfield Funding Sources in Ohio
Last Updated: March 2015
Program →
Targeted Brownfield Assessments (TBA) JobsOhio Revitalization Fund Program Ohio Brownfield Fund BUSTR
↓ FAQs Assessment Cleanup OWDA Loan Program Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Revolving Loan
Administrator Ohio EPA
Central Office
JobsOhio Managing Directors OWDA Board with ODSA
ODSA Director BUSTR Chief
Funding Cycle Rolling Cycle
Local government
Local government entities, “non-profit” and “for-profit” entities Political
All brownfields All brownfields and under-utilized real estate All brownfields All brownfields & BUSTR sites BUSTR regulated tanks and sites
Phase I assessment, Asbestos Survey, Supplemental Sampling Phase II Assessment Asbestos and Lead Based Paint abatement, Cleanup, Demolition, Revitalization Phase II assessment or
Cleanup & Demolition
Cleanup only Assessment, Tank Closure, Corrective Action
Funding Limits Project Specific $200,000 $5 million loan
$1 million cleanup gap grant
$500,000 loan (Phase II) $5 million loan
$1million Loan (hazardous substances) $300,000 Loan (petroleum cleanup) Project Specific
Funding Type OEPA in-kind services
No match required
Reimbursable grant
No match required
Reimbursable loan
Max. 75% of eligible costs
Gap grant must be coupled with a loan
Low interest loan
No match required
Low interest loan
Forgivable portion available for petroleum cleanup projects No match required
Zero interest loan 5% match requirement
End User
No High likelihood for
jobs required
Yes No No No
None Phase I, Scope of
Work, Cost Estimate
For Cleanup: Phase I, Phase II, Scope of Work, Cost Estimates Assessments (VAP), Remedial
Action Plan & Cost Estimates
Assessments (VAP, ASTM or BUSTR), Remedial Action Plan & Cost Estimates None
Assessment Report (ASTM/AAI/VAP); Sampling Results Phase II assessment report Applicable completion report (e.g. VAP compliant NFA letter) VAP compliant NFA letter Applicable completion report
(e.g. VAP or BUSTR compliant NFA letter)

JobsOhio Contacts
Ohio EPA District Office Contacts
Ohio Development Services Agency
(ODSA) Contacts
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
(Ohio EPA) Central Office Contacts
  • Amy Yersavich, Manager, Central Office
    TBA Coordinator
    Site Assistance & Brownfield Revitalization Program

  • Megan Oravec, Brownfield Coordinator
    Site Assistance & Brownfield Revitalization Program

  • Katie Courtright, Brownfield Coordinator
    Site Assistance & Brownfield Revitalization Program
BUSTR Contacts
Acronyms List
  • AAI – All Appropriate Inquiry

  • ASTM – American Society for Testing and Materials

  • BUSTR – Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations

  • NFA – No Further Action

  • OWDA – Ohio Water Development Authority

  • VAP – Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program

JobsOhio Revitalization Program

The JobsOhio Revitalization Program is focused on helping revitalize sites in preparation for end-users that support future job creation opportunities for Ohioans. The program, comprised of both loans and grants, is available to public and private entities seeking to cleanup and redevelop sites across Ohio.

JobsOhio Economic Development Grant

The JobsOhio Economic Development Grant was created to promote economic development, business expansion, and job creation by providing funding for eligible projects in the State of Ohio. Grant decisions are based on a number of project factors, including but not limited to job creation, additional payroll, fixed-asset investment commitment, project return on investment, and project location.

JobsOhio Revitalization Program

The JobsOhio Revitalization Program is focused on helping revitalize sites in preparation for end-users that support future job creation opportunities for Ohioans. The program, comprised of both loans and grants, is available to public and private entities seeking to cleanup and redevelop sites across Ohio.

ODNR – NatureWorks Grants/ Federal Land & Water Conservation Funds

The NatureWorks grant program provides up to 75% reimbursement assistance for local government subdivisions (townships, villages, cities, counties, park districts, joint recreation districts, and conservancy districts) to for the acquisition, development, and rehabilitation of recreational areas.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund grant program provides up to 50% reimbursement assistance for state and local government subdivisions (townships, villages, cities, counties, park districts, joint recreation districts, and conservancy districts) to for the acquisition, development, and rehabilitation of recreational areas. Funding is issued to the state and it is at the state’s discretion how much of that funding will be made available for local government. Since the Land and Water Conservation Fund grant program became effective, the State of Ohio has received over $140 million. Over half of this funding has been used for local parks projects.

Ohio Development Services Agency

The Ohio Development Services Agency worked with Governor Kasich and the Ohio General Assembly to establish and implement Ohio's new economic development strategy. A cornerstone of this strategy was the creation of JobsOhio, and a reorganization of the Ohio Development Services Agency. As part of this reorganization, the Department of Development was renamed Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA), focusing on supporting the businesses, individuals, and communities in Ohio.

While JobsOhio now leads the way attracting and retaining jobs, Ohio Development Services Agency has assumed the role of supporting and overseeing this effort. Development will continue to offer programs that help Ohio's most vulnerable citizens and to support community development activities. Our Agency also will continue to be committed to continuous improvement as we work to streamline our programs and provide exceptional customer service.

Ohio Brownfield Fund

The Ohio Brownfield Fund is a collection of funding sources that can be used to help plan, assess, and remediate brownfields throughout the state. A brownfield is a piece of property whose redevelopment is complicated by the potential presence of environmental contaminants such as hazardous substances, asbestos, lead-based paint, and petroleum. Brownfield redevelopment allows a community to reclaim and improve its lands, making property viable for new development.

Business Grants, Loans, and Tax Credits

The Ohio Development Services Agency worked with Governor Kasich and the Ohio General Assembly to establish and implement Ohio's new economic development strategy. A cornerstone of this strategy was the creation of JobsOhio, and a reorganization of the Ohio Department of Development. As part of this reorganization, the Department of Development was renamed Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA), focusing on supporting the businesses, individuals, and communities in Ohio.

While JobsOhio now leads the way attracting and retaining jobs, Ohio Development Services Agency has assumed the role of supporting and overseeing this effort. Development will continue to offer programs that help Ohio's most vulnerable citizens and to support community development activities. Our Agency also will continue to be committed to continuous improvement as we work to streamline our programs and provide exceptional customer service.

Ohio Housing Finance Agency

Neighborhood Initiative Program

The goal of the Neighborhood Initiative Program is to stabilize property values by removing and greening Vacant and Blighted properties in Targeted Areas in an effort to prevent future foreclosures for existing homeowners. NIP will prevent foreclosure by helping to stem the decline in home values that began with the burst of the housing bubble in 2008. In Ohio, 31 percent of homeowners with loans owe at least 125 percent more than their estimated home value When negative equity combines with other factors such as loss of income, the risk of foreclosure is high because homeowners do not have the option to sell a home they can no longer afford. Foreclosures result in distressed sales that further depress property values and continue the downward spiral, too often resulting in Vacant and Blighted homes. Demolition is a critical component of strategies to stabilize home values.

Technical Assistance for the NIP

The Ohio Finance Agency (OHFA) received approval from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to utilize up to $60 million of Ohio’s remaining Hardest Hit Funds (HHF) to assist with stabilizing local property values through the demolition of vacant and abandoned homes across Ohio.

The Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP) is designed to stabilize property values by removing and greening vacant and abandoned properties in targeted areas in an effort to prevent future foreclosures for existing homeowners.

The Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP) will fund strategically targeted residential demolition in designated areas within the state of Ohio. OHFA will partner with County Land Revitalization Corporations (“land banks”) or an entity that has signed a cooperative agreement with an established county land bank.

  • NIP will be available to the 17 Ohio counties that have an established land bank.
  • OHFA has issued a Request for Proposals from the state’s county land banks.
  • The program begins in early 2014 and concludes in 2017.

Technical Assistance

OHFA has contracted GOPC to advise OHFA and applicants on the implementation of the Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP).

Assistance includes:

  • Consultation with applicants regarding best practices for the selection of neighborhoods and properties for the program
  • Strategic and technical advice to eligible applicants in responding to the RFP for the NIP

Ohio EPA – Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance (DEFA)

Together with the Ohio Water Development Authority (OWDA), the Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance (DEFA) administers the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) and the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA). The division provides specialized assistance to Ohio's small and hardship communities under both programs.

Through the WPCLF, division staff provide financial and technical assistance to public or private applicants for planning, design and construction of a wide variety of projects to protect or improve the quality of Ohio's water resources. Similarly, through the WSRLA, we assist applicants with projects that address human health and failing drinking water infrastructure needs.

  • Contact:
    Phone: (614) 644-2798 or Fax: (614) 644-3687

Ohio EPA – Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization

Grant-funded brownfield assistance is available to eligible local public entities including counties, cities, villages, townships, port authorities, etc. The grant-funded assistance falls into two categories:

  • Targeted Brownfield Assessment (TBA) Program or

  • Technical Assistance (TA) for Voluntary Action Program (VAP)

The TBA Program provides property assessments on brownfield sites at no cost to eligible public entities, while the Voluntary Action Program (VAP) grant funding is available to cover costs associated with VAP technical assistance. In general, the volunteer determines the scope of VAP TA review and what questions or issues are evaluated during VAP TA. Exceptions include EIP, MOA or CORF TA reviews because the scopes for these are set by Ohio EPA policy.

Ohio Historical Society, Ohio Historic Preservation Office

Historic preservation is about protecting, promoting, and using historic places. It is also about the power of place, places that matter because they help tell the story of our state and our nation, of who we are and where we come from.

Federal Tax Incentives for Historic Preservation

Federal tax law offers a 20% tax credit for the rehabilitation of historic buildings, and a 10% tax credit for the rehabilitation of non-historic buildings built before 1936. The credits are dollar-for-dollar reductions of taxes owed. The 20% rehabilitation investment tax credit equals 20% of qualified expenditures in a certified rehabilitation of a certified historic structure. The 10% rehabilitation investment tax credit equals 10% of qualified expenditures for rehabilitation of a non-historic building built before 1936. For both credits, the building must be depreciable and the rehabilitation must be substantial.

Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit (OHPTC) Program

For information on the current status of the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit (OHPTC) program visit the Ohio Development Services Agency website at or contact the Ohio Development Services Agency at or call 614-995-2292.

Other Funding Sources

Ohio Water Development Authority

OWDA’s mission is to provide financial assistance for environmental infrastructure from the sale of municipal revenue bonds through loans to local governments in Ohio and from issuance of industrial revenue bonds for qualified projects in Ohio.

List of Loan Programs

Many of the programs are implemented in conjunction with other agencies such as Ohio EPA, USDA Rural Development, ODSA, and ODNR and are described in detail under the links for these agencies.

Community Assistance Program Info/NotesCA 2010May.pdf

Local government agencies may qualify for low-interest financing under the OWDA 2% Community Assistance Loan Program. The program is designed to help communities maintain affordable water and wastewater rates. To be eligible, the project can be either a water or wastewater project causing an economic hardship to the community and meeting the following criteria: •All communities under 5,000 in population or 2,000 residential users are eligible.

  • $3,000,000 is the maximum amount for a project from the Community Assistance Fund.

  • The projected annual cost per user must be above OEPA affordability criteria. User charges must be above 1.1% of the community’s Median Household Income (2000 Census) for drinking water projects, and above 1.5% of the community’s Median Household Income (2000 Census) for wastewater projects. The community can qualify also if the combined system user charges are 2.6% of the community’s Median Household Income (2000 Census).

If you have questions regarding qualifications for the Community Assistance Program, please contact the Chief Loan Officer.

WSOS Community Actioni - Community Loan Fund

The Community Loan Fund provides loans for facility improvements, which includes but is not limited to: the development and rehabilitation of infrastructure (water, waste-water, and storm water), parks, buildings, etc. The goal is to stimulate and sustain community development and increase access to capital for low income areas. The intent of the fund is to provide gap financing after other available sources are researched and/or obtained or to finance projects that require a smaller amount of capital.

Brownfields and Land Revitalization Technology Support Center

The Brownfields and Land Revitalization Technology Support Center (BTSC, formerly the Brownfields Technology Support Center) is a cooperative effort to provide technical support to federal, state, local, and tribal officials for questions related to the use of innovative technologies and strategies for site assessment and cleanup.

EPA created the BTSC in 1998 to help decision-makers:

  • Evaluate strategies to streamline the site investigation and cleanup process

  • Identify and review information about complex technology options

  • Evaluate contractor capabilities and recommendations

  • Explain complex technologies to communities

Partners in the BTSC include the EPA’s Office of Research and Development; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and Argonne National Laboratory. As a Center partner, EPA’s Brownfields Program helps to identify support needed by EPA’s Brownfields Program participants.

Council of Development Finance Agencies

The Council of Development Finance Agencies is a national association dedicated to the advancement of development finance concerns and interests. CDFA is comprised of the nation’s leading and most knowledgeable members of the development finance community representing 300 public, private and non-profit development entities. Members are state, county and municipal development finance agencies and authorities that provide or otherwise support economic development financing programs, including tax-exempt and taxable bonds, credit enhancement programs, and direct debt and equity investments as well as a variety of non-governmental and private organizations ranging from regional and large investment banks to commercial finance companies to bond counsel, bond insurers, trustees, venture capital companies, rating agencies, and other organizations interested in development finance.

The CDFA Brownfields Technical Assistance Program is funded by a grant from the U.S. EPA to provide assistance to communities throughout the country that are looking to finance the redevelopment of brownfield sites. CDFA will provide education, resources, research and networking on revolving loan funds, tax incentives, tax increment finance and other tools available for redevelopment finance.

Specific program activities fall into the following categories:

  • Brownfields Financing Update
  • Brownfields Financing Resource Center
  • Brownfields Financing Toolkit
  • Brownfields Financing Webinar Series
  • Brownfields Project Marketplace
  • Brownfields Project Response Teams

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

For almost three decades, LISC has connected local organizations and community leaders with resources to revitalize neighborhoods and improve quality of life. The LISC model assembles private and public resources and directs it to locally-defined priorities. Our unique structure enables local organizations to access national resources and expertise and our funding partners to leverage their investment and achieve an impact that is truly remarkable.

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity — good places to work, do business and raise children. LISC mobilizes corporate, government and philanthropic support to provide local community development organizations with:

  • loans, grants and equity investments

  • local, statewide and national policy support

  • technical and management assistance

Ohio Rural Community Assistance Partnership

The Ohio Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) provides consulting services to help rural communities address their drinking water and wastewater treatment needs. Each year, we serve well over 100 communities in Ohio and leverage millions of dollars for water and sewer projects. Our field agents assist communities with project development and capacity building. Ohio RCAP is part of the Great Lakes RCAP network, and receives funding from a number of federal programs as well as Ohio EPA and the Ohio Water Development Authority to provide technical assistance to communities under 10,000 population. Many of our client communities serve only a few hundred people, or are rural areas in need of public water or sewer service.

Partnership for Sustainable Communities

On June 16, 2009, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joined together to help communities nationwide improve access to affordable housing, increase transportation options, and lower transportation costs while protecting the environment.

The Partnership for Sustainable Communities works to coordinate federal housing, transportation, water, and other infrastructure investments to make neighborhoods more prosperous, allow people to live closer to jobs, save households time and money, and reduce pollution. The partnership agencies incorporate six principles of livability into federal funding programs, policies, and future legislative proposals.

TAB Program

TAB provides free technical assistance with brownfields redevelopment efforts. TAB Brownfields workshops, webinars and online training are FREE and designed to help you:

  • gain a better understanding of what a Brownfield is,

  • learn how Brownfield revitalization can be a part of your community’s economic development strategy,

  • and hear from local, state and national leaders on resources available to your community.

KSU TAB provides a variety of resurces that are useful to people who are cleaning up and redeveloping brownfields. Most materials used for KSU TAB workshops, webinars, online courses and presentations can be downloaded from the Resources tab.

The Brownfield Inventory Tool (BIT) is a FREE, online, comprehensive site inventory and brownfields program management tool. BIT was designed especially for users working under an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cooperative agreement, but any entity working on establishing a site inventory database will find BIT useful in consolidating environmental and administrative information from sites in multiple programs.

TAB EZ is a FREE online tool intended to streamline and simplify the grant writing process when applying for EPA brownfields assessment and cleanup grants. TAB EZ is very user friendly, offers helpful hints for addressing proposal requirements, and links to additional resources.