Brownfields Coalition Grant Program

Due Diligence

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

What Does This Grant Do?

This grant provides for:

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

Potential Project Sites

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

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

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.

How Can I Redevelop a Brownfield Site?

Are you a developer or neighborhood that is interested in developing a Brownfield property? Or are you a potential buyer of a property and have some concerns related to any environmental hazards that may be associated with the property? Here's the steps to get the ball rolling.

Step 1: Fill out the Manatee County Brownfields Coalition Assessment Application

Please note: A site permission form needs to signed and attached to the application. You will need permission to enter property to conduct environmental assessments under the Manatee County Brownfields Coalition EPA Grant

The proposed site needs to be located in unincorporated Manatee County or within the city limits of Palmetto or Bradenton. The completed application should be forwarded to either:

City of Bradenton: Volker Reiss -

City of Palmetto: Jeff Burton

Manatee County: Ivan Groom -

Step 2: Application is forwarded to the consultant

The Brownfields Grant consultant will review the application for feasibility and project scope.

Step 3: The Assessment of the property is scheduled

If the project is approved by the consultant and the Brownfields Advisory Group, the assessment will be scheduled.



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