Brownfield Redevelopment Grants and Site Reclamation Program Grants

Purpose:  Brownfield Redevelopment Grants (BRG) and Site Reclamation Grants (SRG) provide funding to local units of government and other public bodies to investigate and remediate known sites of environmental contamination in preparation for economic redevelopment projects.


Goals of the Program:  To ensure safe reuse of abandoned, vacant, or underutilized contaminated properties, and to promote clean up and redevelopment of brownfields.  Redevelopment of brownfield sites re-energizes local economies, strengthens neighborhoods, benefits the environment and protects public health.


Criteria:  A proposed project must result in economic benefit for the community through job creation, private investment, and/or increased tax revenue for the community.  A grant can only be awarded if there is a bona fide development project for the site.  The property must meet the definition of a facility under Part 201 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended. Grant recipients are required to sign a grant agreement prior to commencement of grant eligible work.


Eligibility:  Any county, city, village, township, Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, or other authority or public body created pursuant to state law may apply for a grant. Eligible activities include environmental investigations and assessments, interim response, clean up, and due care activities necessary for the proposed development. Only one grant may be awarded to an applicant during any fiscal year. A liable party may not receive a grant or profit from the expenditure of state funds nor be relieved of responsibility for environmental response activities.


Application Process:  Applications are accepted on a continuing basis.  A single application is used for all Brownfield Redevelopment Program grants and loans.  Evaluation criteria include the level of economic development, applicant and property owner liability, the anticipated environmental benefit, and other factors.


Nominating Procedures:  Prospective applicants are asked to contact the program Brownfield Coordinator assigned for the area in which the project is located (DEQ Brownfield Coordinator) to discuss eligibility of the proposed project, confirm funding availability and obtain an application.  Once submitted, applications will be reviewed by the DEQ staff for determination of eligibility.  In order to be competitive, proposed projects must document the local financial commitment to the project, and the environmental and economic benefits of the proposed project.  Other criteria considered in the evaluation include whether the project demonstrates the principles of site reuse, green space preservation, smart growth, storm water runoff management, or other sustainable development concepts. 


Deadlines:  Applications are accepted on a continuing basis.


Timelines:  The review time from the date a complete application is received until a decision by the Director is made is usually three months.


Dollar Amount(s) Available (Min or Max):  Maximum grant award is $1 million per project for Brownfield Redevelopment Grants, and $2 million per project for Site Reclamation Grants.


Required Match:  No local match is required.


Source(s) of Funds:

For BRG - Clean Michigan Initiative Bond Fund of 1998.

For SRG - Environmental Protection Bond Fund of 1988.



For BRG -            Part 196 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended.

For SRG -            Parts 195 and 201 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 of PA 451, as amended.


Responsible Division/Office Contact:  Remediation and Redevelopment Division, Brownfield Redevelopment Program, 517-284-5113.


Phase-out/Expansion/Changes for Next Fiscal Year:

It is possible that all available remaining grant money will be awarded to projects by the end of FY2017.  The grant program will end when the funds are all committed, unless a new funding source is identified.


Related Funding:  The Brownfield Redevelopment Program includes Clean Michigan Initiative Brownfield Redevelopment Loans, Revitalization Revolving Loans, Site Assessment Fund grants, CMI Waterfront Redevelopment Grants, and Tax Increment Financing pursuant to the Brownfield Redevelopment Financing Act, 1996 PA 381, as amended.



Request for Proposals:  Applications are accepted throughout the year.  Contact the DEQ Brownfield Coordinator in your area.