Brownfields Coalition Grant Program

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A Brownfield is a real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.

If you have or know of such a property, or want to acquire one for redevelopment, contact your coalition partner about possible technical assistance that is now available.

Brownfield Assessment Grants are an important tool to overcome environmental stigma that prevents or complicates redevelopment. Dilapidated, abandoned or underutilized sites burden a community in the form of unpaid property taxes, illegal dumping, unmaintained buildings, and a potential for future environmental health risks.

Due diligence efforts to investigate the presence of contamination, develop remediation measures, and estimate clean-up costs can be overwhelming without assistance.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded a 3-year, $500,000 Brownfield Assessment Coalition Grant to the Manatee County Coalition to help public and private property owners.

This grant provides for:

  • community outreach
  • site identification
  • environmental assessments
  • cleanup and re-use planning

Potential project sites must otherwise be a viable redevelopment candidate, and the assistance would advance local economic development, create open space, green space, implement environmental justice, support sustainable redevelopment, or historic preservation efforts. The grant cannot be used for a project where the applicant is responsible for clean-up.

 

Possible project sites must also be located in unincorporated Manatee County, or within  the cities of Bradenton or Palmetto.  Through the EPA Grant, projects may also work in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, chambers of commerce, and other interested stakeholders to ensure all community needs are being considered.. 

Typical sites that might be eligible for funding include properties such as former gas stations, dry cleaners, junk yards, automotive repair shops, and others.

Federal funding has helped hundreds of Brownfields redevelopment projects across the state and country is helping to improve the quality of life for local communities, including higher property values, improved employment opportunities, a larger and more economically stable customer base, as well as better access to transportation, health care, schools and fresh foods.
 

For additional information email: brownfields@mymanatee.org.