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Brownfield Redevelopment Grants

Brownfield redevelopment grants provide funding to local units of government and other public bodies to investigate and remediate known sites of environmental contamination, which will be used for identified economic redevelopment projects. 

Goals of the Program:
To ensure safe reuse of abandoned, vacant, or underutilized properties that are known to be contaminated, and to promote redevelopment of brownfields. 

A proposed project must result in economic benefit for the community greater than the amount of the grant through job creation, private investment, and/or property tax increase. The property must meet the definition of a facility under Part 201 or a site under Part 213 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. 

Dollar Amount(s) Available (Min or Max):
Maximum grant award is $1 million dollars per project. 

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

Application Process:
A pre-application must be requested from the Brownfield Redevelopment Unit.  Pre-applications that meet threshold requirements may be invited to submit a full application, which are accepted on a continuing basis.  Threshold requirements include: Evidence that the site is a facility, history of property use and ownership, a development agreement between the community and the developer, planning/zoning approvals, evidence of financing to complete the proposed project, and other pre-development information.  Application evaluation criteria include: estimated private and public investment, applicant and owner liability, environmental benefit, and other factors. 

Source(s) of Funds:
Clean Michigan Initiative Bond Fund, Renew Michigan Fund

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


For a list of Brownfield grant projects, please refer to the Consolidated Report