Grant-Funded Brownfield Assistance


The Site Assistance and Brownfield Revitalization section administers two brownfield assistance programs –Targeted Brownfield Assessment and Technical Assistance. Both programs purpose is to assist local government entities with their goal of transforming blighted properties into economic and community assets. Capitalized by a grant from USEPA, the brownfield assistance programs target community driven projects in need of property assessment and technical assistance. Eligible applicants include local government entities such as counties, cities, villages, townships, port authorities and county land banks.

For more information or questions about grant-funded assistance, refer to the links below or call the SABR section at (614) 644-2924.

The Targeted Brownfield Assessment (TBA) program provides property assessment services at no cost to eligible applicants. SABR utilizes either in-house field staff or contractors to perform the requested assistance and the applicant receives a written report of the work performed.

Typical services include Phase I environmental site assessment, asbestos surveys, geophysical surveys, and limited or supplemental phase II property assessment. TBA staff will work with applicants to provide the appropriate services to meet their needs.

New services available through TBA include those required for participation in the Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup program administered by Ohio Development Services Agency. The program includes certain perquisites for eligibility including a Phase I assessment to Ohio EPA Voluntary Action Program (VAP) standards, Class C designated release by the Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR) and former use of the property as a gas station or service station. TBA can assist with preparatory activities including Phase I assessment, determining if underground storage tanks (USTs) are present, determining if there was a release from UST’s, tank closure assessment and completing the BUSTR Class C release form. For more information about the Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup program click here.

Eligibility for the TBA program requires the following:

  • Applicant is a local government or quasi-governmental entity
  • Applicant is not a potentially responsible party
  • If applicants do not own the property, access to the site has been granted
  • Property must be a brownfield (former industrial/commercial use or residential if more than 4 units)
  • Property is not subject to federal CERCLA orders or on the National Priorities List.

To get started, click on ‘TBA Application’ below or contact the SABR team.

TBA Application   -   Link for more info   -   TBA Program Services

Voluntary Action Program (VAP) grant funding is available to cover costs associated with VAP technical assistance (TA). In general, the volunteer determines the scope of a VAP TA review and what questions or issues are evaluated. Exceptions include EIP or MOA reviews as the scopes for these are set by Ohio EPA policy. Some examples of grant-funded technical assistance under VAP includes: