The State of Ohio set aside $88 million—$1 million per county—for match-free grants through the Ohio Brownfield Remediation Program Fund. Round 1 closed on January 31, 2022. Round 2 is only available for projects in Ohio counties that did not pursue their entire $1 million reserved funds for environmental assessments or remediation projects.
If applicants in your county did not pursue reserved funds in Round 1, there is still time to secure match-free dollars. Round 2 funding runs from March 1 - April 30, 2022. Find out more.
Ohio Brownfield Remediation Program Funds
Ohio Brownfield Remediation Program Funds are available for up to $300,000 for assessments and up to $1 million for cleanup—only the remaining reserved amount can be pursued in Round 2. The county-reserved funds do not require a match. If county set-aside funds are not requested in the first two rounds, they move to the statewide competition fund for Round 3, which opens on July 1, 2022.
Lead applicants can be public, private, or non-profit entities, but all projects must have an authorization resolution or cooperation agreement/letter from a county, township, municipality, port authority, or park district. The local unit of government can take a passive role with project implementation if the lead applicant is another entity.
Brownfield remediation projects can address old schools, former warehouses, closed factories, or abandoned or underutilized commercial properties, among others. An Assessment Grant can fund a Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessment to help you understand current environmental conditions on the property to make plans for cleanup or redevelopment. A Remediation Grant can fund acquisition, asbestos abatement, environmental cleanup, building demolition (under certain conditions), and infrastructure improvements.
Don’t miss your chance for match-free grant dollars to help address brownfields in your community. Let us know how we can help—contact us.
Verdantas experts (formerly Hull & Associates, LLC) were pioneers with the Ohio Voluntary Action Program and the previous Ohio brownfield funding program. Verdantas helped clients prepare 15 grants requesting more than $46 million in Round 1 of the Ohio Brownfield Remediation Program and 75 grants worth over $124 million through the previous state brownfield funding programs.
We are committed to helping our clients address property challenges oftentimes through transformative brownfield revitalization projects. Contact us about your project needs.
Our Brownfields Experts
Jenny Carter-Cornell, APR
Jenny is a leader in the funding practice that has helped clients receive more than $400 million in grants and low-interest loans. She served as the lead grant writer to help secure over $100 million for clients and has 28 years of experience working with a variety of brownfields and other environmental and economic development issues. Jenny holds a BS in Journalism with a specialization in Public Relations and a minor in Environmental Studies from Bowling Green State University.
Dave Mustafaga, PG, CPG
Throughout his 30+ year career, Dave supported environmental due diligence and compliance activities by conducting and managing site assessments, remedial investigations, pilot tests, and remedial actions at industrial properties. He has a MS and BS in Geology from the University of Toledo.
Steven Gross, VAP CP, CPG
Steven has over 30 years of experience managing and implementing hundreds of site assessments and remediation projects. He is an Ohio Voluntary Action Program Certified Professional. Steven has a BS in Geology & Mineralogy from The Ohio State University.
For questions about brownfields or any environmental remediation project, feel free to contact us. We're here to help.
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