Helping Create "Green" Redevelopment
The Brownfields Initiative promotes the productive reuse of sites that are currently abandoned or not fully utilized due to contamination on the site. By providing financial assistance for cleaning up these sites, Vermont continues its commitment to environmental stewardship, community investment, and economic growth.
A brownfield is a property for which expansion, redevelopment or reuse is complicated by the presence, or potential presence, of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants. Cleaning up and redeveloping these properties into productive, healthy and beneficial community assets requires the close collaboration of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) and the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR).
The Brownfields Revitalization Fund (BRF)
The Environmental Protection Agency awarded funds to the Vermont Brownfields Revitalization Fund (BRF) to sponsor Brownfield Initiative projects. The BRF offers grants and loans for the remediation of brownfield sites. Loan funding is available to private developers, non-profits, and municipalities. Grant funding is only available to non-profits and municipalities.
In addition, to be eligible for BRF money, applicants must meet technical standards set by the Department of Environmental Conservation. Applicants must have completed a Phase I environmental site assessment, and be enrolled in the Brownfields Reuse and Environmental Liability Limitation Program (BRELLA).
For an application click here.