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Federal Financing Resources

The federal government has made several development finance programs available to both public- and private-sector users. Listed below are several federal agencies with programs and resources available to help finance the redevelopment of brownfields.


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Resources

Cleaning Up Brownfields and Getting to "No Further Action" in All 50 States
This report from the US EPA is meant to be a guide for owners of brownfields properties on the general requirements for entering a brownfield into a state cleanup program and the process for attaining a state decision or certification of the need...
Setting the Stage for Leveraging Resources for Brownfields Revitalization
This guide from the U.S. EPA provides guidance and technical assistance to localities and brownfields practitioners on leveraging resources for brownfields revitalization. This guide explores how communities can prepare to successfully leverage...
CDFA Brownfields Financing Webinar Series: Reaching Your Redevelopment Goals with Brownfields Revolving Loan Funds
As part of the CDFA Brownfields Technical Assistance Program, the fifth installment of the Brownfields Financing Webinar Series highlights the key features of a successful Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund and the commonalities and challenges...
EPA Region 9 Fact Sheet
Region 9 released this valuable fact sheet on how EPA's Brownfields Program can work for your community.
Financial Resources for Petroleum Brownfields
Many local, state, and federal government environmental and economic development programs provide financial assistance in the form of grants and cleanup funds for petroleum brownfields.
Leveraging the Partnership: HUD, DOT, EPA
This guide to federal programs is intended to help communities identify resources available to support their efforts to promote livable and sustainable communities. The Partnership agencies administer grants, programs, and technical assistance...
Brownfields Case Study - Greenville, SC
This case study from Partnership for Sustainable Communities highlights a brownfield redevelopment project on the West Side of Greenville, SC that relied heavily on Brownfield Site Assessment Grants to identify reuse opportunities within the project...
Revitalizing America's Mills: A Report on Brownfields Mill Projects
This report, prepared by SRA International, focuses on the revitalization of mill sites located throughout the United States. The report shares challenges, opportunities, case studies, and creative solutions.
Economic Development Function of EPA/Environmental Programs
Charlie Bartsch of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency covers a number of development finance tools to support brownfields redevelopment.
Tax Credit Finance Reference Guide
Written in conjunction with Ice Miller LLP, the Tax Credit Finance Reference Guide examines how to effectively apply tax credits to development opportunities, and explains the basics of tax credits and the fundamentals of using these tools. In...
City Builds Momentum in Redeveloping its Brownfields
Two partnering hospitals received state and federal assistance to convert a brownfield to a new cancer-treatment center, as presented in this case study from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The paper provides a detailed review of the...
A Guide to Federal Tax Incentives for Brownfields Redevelopment
This publication of the EPA provides a thorough review of financing programs that can facilitate brownfields redevelopment. The guide focuses on federal tax incentives, but also includes discussion of state-level financing options.
Unlocking Brownfields Redevelopment: Establishing a Local Revolving Loan Fund Program
This EPA publication explains the basics of setting up and successfully administering a local brownfield revolving loan fund. The various participants and different types of loan products are discussed in addition to other factors to consider in...
Revolving Loan Fund Sources
This resource created by Urban Capital Solutions lists several federal, state, and private RLF capitalization sources with links to their specific programs. Examples of agencies listed include the EPA, HUD, USDA and the MacArthur Foundation.
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>>> EPA Brownfields Newsroom & Announcements


U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Resources

Leveraging the Partnership: HUD, DOT, EPA
This guide to federal programs is intended to help communities identify resources available to support their efforts to promote livable and sustainable communities. The Partnership agencies administer grants, programs, and technical assistance...
Brownfields Case Study - Greenville, SC
This case study from Partnership for Sustainable Communities highlights a brownfield redevelopment project on the West Side of Greenville, SC that relied heavily on Brownfield Site Assessment Grants to identify reuse opportunities within the project...
Berry Lane Park - Brownfield Case Study
Association for Redevelopment Initiatives' case study details the transformation of 12 former brownfield sites into Berry Lane Park, a public park in one of New Jersey's poorest neighborhoods. Berry Lane Park was funded through a mix of public and...
Using HUD Programs to Address Brownfields
Stanley Gimont of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs shares information on the federal agency's financing sources that can be applied to brownfields redevelopment projects.
Tax Credit Finance Reference Guide
Written in conjunction with Ice Miller LLP, the Tax Credit Finance Reference Guide examines how to effectively apply tax credits to development opportunities, and explains the basics of tax credits and the fundamentals of using these tools. In...
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U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Resources

Leveraging the Partnership: HUD, DOT, EPA
This guide to federal programs is intended to help communities identify resources available to support their efforts to promote livable and sustainable communities. The Partnership agencies administer grants, programs, and technical assistance...
Brownfields Case Study - Greenville, SC
This case study from Partnership for Sustainable Communities highlights a brownfield redevelopment project on the West Side of Greenville, SC that relied heavily on Brownfield Site Assessment Grants to identify reuse opportunities within the project...
TIFIA Program Guide
The Program Guide for the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) provides a detailed review of the financing options made available through this legislation. These options include direct loans, loan guarantees, and lines of...
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U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources

Quick Reference to SBA Loan Guaranty Programs
In this comparison chart by the Small Business Administration, learn about the differences between the various loan guaranty programs offered by the federal government.
Small Business: Access to Capital and Job Creation
This report addresses a core issue facing Congress: What, if any, additional action should the federal government take to enhance small business access to capital? After discussing the role of small business in job creation and retention, this...
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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Resources

Unlocking the Development Finance Toolbox in Rural America
The Rural Financing Best Practices by CDFA explores how rural communities can leverage a wide range of tools and approaches to build on their assets, protect their resources, and make strategic investments that offer long-term benefits for residents...
Revolving Loan Fund Sources
This resource created by Urban Capital Solutions lists several federal, state, and private RLF capitalization sources with links to their specific programs. Examples of agencies listed include the EPA, HUD, USDA and the MacArthur Foundation.
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U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) Resources

Improving TIF Transparency and Accountability in Michigan
This report form Michigan State University seeks to contribute to the current policy discussion on TIF reform by developing the blueprint for a comprehensive, state-level database on the scale, scope and structure of TIF activities in Michigan.
Revolving Loan Fund Sources
This resource created by Urban Capital Solutions lists several federal, state, and private RLF capitalization sources with links to their specific programs. Examples of agencies listed include the EPA, HUD, USDA and the MacArthur Foundation.
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Disclaimer: This publication was developed under Assistance Agreement No. TR-83576801-0 awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It has not been formally reviewed by EPA. The views expressed in this document are solely those of Council of Development Finance Agencies and EPA does not endorse any products or commercial services mentioned in this publication.