Brownfield Municipal Grant Program

Overview

The Brownfield Municipal Grant Program is a competitive program for municipalities and municipal entities, designed to assist with brownfield redevelopment projects in their communities that will make a significant economic impact. Only municipalities and municipal entities are eligible to apply. 

 

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Eligibility 

Enabling Statutes
C.G.S. Section 32-763

Eligible Applicants
A Municipality as defined by C.G.S Section 32-760 (12); Economic Development Agency, as defined by C.G.S Section 32-760 (6); and Connecticut Brownfield Land Banks, as defined by C.G.S Section 32-760 (22).  Entities responsible for the contamination are ineligible.  All applicants must provide proof of access to the site, site control or path to site control

Funding Amounts
Grants of up to $4 million (dependent on the maximum allowable amount in each funding round as published in the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)).

Funding Process
Grants under this program will be made periodically on a competitive basis, based on a NOFA published on this website. Please check this page periodically for updates and information about upcoming funding rounds.   

How to Apply

Applicants are required to fill out the Grant Application Form.  The form has two separate sections - Part A: Threshold Eligibility Section and Part B: Project Details.  An Applicant or Application may be denied funding after review of Part A of the Application Form.

All applications (along with attachments) shall either be:

  1. [PREFERRED METHOD] Uploaded onto a SharePoint folder that will be provide by OBRD upon receipt of a request email sent to Brownfields@ct.gov
    • Please make sure to include name of applicant and brief project name in the subject line
  2. Emailed to Brownfields@ct.gov
    • Please make sure to include name of applicant and brief project name in the subject line

Criteria for Funding

Please refer to the NOFA posted for each competitive round for details on allowable funding amounts, award criteria, deadlines for submission and other information. Some of the general criteria that will be used to review the applications include:

  • Shovel-readiness and merits of project
  • The economic and community development impact of the project and the projected tax revenues associated with returning a brownfield to productive use
  • Relative economic condition of the municipality in which the brownfield is located
  • Consistency with Local and State Plan of Conservation and Development
  • Support of DECD’s and the State’s economic and other policy initiatives
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Private/Applicant leverage of funds
  • Applicant team’s experience
  • Availability of a Municipal Plan of Conservation and Development (Current - not older than 10 years) for eligibility to receive discretionary funding.

Eligible Uses of Funding

Please refer to the NOFA posted for each competitive round for the specific eligible uses under a particular grant offering.

In general, these are the eligible uses - Costs associated with the investigation, assessment, remediation and development of a brownfield, including but not limited to:

  • Soil, groundwater and infrastructure investigation
  • Assessment
  • Remediation
  • Abatement
  • Hazardous materials or waste disposal
  • Long-term groundwater or natural attenuation
  • Other forms of institutional controls
  • Attorneys’ fees for environmental consulting
  • Planning, engineering and environmental consulting
  • Building and structural issues (including demolition, asbestos abatement, PCB removal, contaminated wood or paint removal or other infrastructure remedial activities)

Contact

Please email brownfields@ct.gov for more information or, reach out to the dedicated Brownfields hotline @ 860-500-2395.