Site Assessment Fund Grants

Purpose:  The Site Assessment Fund has provided over 120 assessment projects in over 45 Michigan communities. The program awarded grants up to $1 million to eligible local units of government to assess the nature and extent of contamination at properties with economic development potential.


Goals of the Program:  The program was designed to encourage the sale and redevelopment of potentially contaminated properties with economic potential.  Communities were able to utilize grant funds to conduct environmental assessments and characterize the extent of any contamination existing on a property.  Some properties were found to be uncontaminated; others had varying degrees of environmental concerns.  Potential purchasers are more likely to acquire property even if there is contamination when the environmental concerns are known, compared to properties with little or no environmental data.  Financial institutions typically regard properties with uncertain environmental issues as a higher risk investment.


Criteria:  The property to be evaluated must have economic development potential, although a committed purchaser or development was not required.  The property must be located in a "Core Community" as defined under Section 2 of the Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Act, 2000 PA 146, or a county seat.  Funding cannot be used to relieve a potentially responsible party of his/her obligation to remediate a site, nor can a potentially responsible party benefit from the expenditure of state funds.


Eligibility:  Applicants must be the local unit of government (township, village, city or county) with Core Community status. Vacant manufacturing facilities and abandoned industrial sites were eligible properties.  Eligible activities included development of a Baseline Environmental Assessment and Due Care Plans, and remedial investigation and interim response activities in compliance with Part 201 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended.


Application Process:  Applications are no longer being accepted.  The funding for this grant program has been exhausted.  No additional funding rounds are anticipated.


Filing Fees:  None.


Nominating Procedures:  Grant awards were made by the Director of the Department of Environmental Quality.


Deadlines:  Applications are no longer being accepted.


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


Dollar Amount(s) Available (Min or Max):  Maximum grant award was $2 million dollars per project.


Required Match:  No local match was required.


Source(s) of Funds:  Environmental Protection Bond Fund of 1988.


Authority:  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:  There is currently no plan for future grant applications or funding.


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



Request for Proposals:  Applications are no longer being accepted.