“Setting the Stage for Leveraging Resources for Brownfields Revitalization” is a guide published by the EPA that explores how communities can prepare to successfully leverage funding and other resources for brownfields revitalization.
In 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) marked the 20th anniversary of the Brownfields program and launched its Next Generation Brownfields initiatives to promote improved approaches for supporting American communities in their revitalization efforts. One initiative is to provide guidance and technical assistance to localities and brownfields practitioners on leveraging resources for brownfields revitalization.
Many communities struggle to find and attract sufficient funding for brownfields redevelopment projects. It often is difficult for communities to identify how best to invest limited local resources. Sound initial investments of local funds in brownfields revitalization can attract the interest and support of outside investors and lead to additional funding. In addition, finding, understanding, and meeting the qualifications for federal, state, and philanthropic grant and loan programs can be confusing, time-consuming, and difficult. EPA developed this guide to assist communities in overcoming these challenges.