Illinois Bureau of Land August 2001
Environmental 1021 North Grand Avenue East
Protection Agency Springfield, IL 62794-9276
Brownfields Redevelopment Grant Program:
The Illinois Brownfields Redevelopment Grant Program (BRGP), authorized on July 1,
1998, offers grants worth a maximum of $120,000 each to municipalities to investigate brownfields properties. Brownfields are abandoned or underused industrial and commercial properties that are contaminated (or are thought to be contaminated) and have an active potential for redevelopment.
Alton 2 Bartlett 2
Bedford Park 2
Downers Grove 4
East Moline 4
East Peoria 4
Mt. Vernon 10
North Chicago 11
Rock Island 12
Through the BRGP, cities of all sizes can initiate and support brownfield cleanup and redevelopment projects that the private sector would not undertake on its own.
Brownfields Redevelopment Grants may be used to perform environmental site assessments to determine whether a brownfields property is contaminated, and if so, to what extent. These grants may also be used to develop cleanup objectives and prepare cleanup plans, but cannot fund actual cleanup activities. Grant recipients are required to share in any grant award through a 70/30 match and to spend the grant within three years.
BRGP Points of Interest
The Office of Brownfields Assistance seeks out BRGP grant recipients, evaluates grant applications, monitors grant activities, and reviews reimbursement requests to ensure eligibility and reasonableness of costs. Brownfields Representatives from the Office of Brownfields Assistance guide communities through both the grant application and implementation processes and will gladly meet with city officials before they file a formal grant application to help determine cleanup potential and maximize grant dollars.
• The Illinois EPA has awarded $3.3 million in grants to 38 communities.
• The average grant award is $84,000,000.
• The smallest grant award is $10,962.00.
• 34 percent of grant recipients received the maximum award of $120,000.00.
• 37 percent of grant recipients requested less than $50,000.00.
• The population size of grant recipients ranges from 566 to 2,783,726 people.
• 32 percent of grant recipients are investigating hazardous substance sites.
• 24 percent of grant recipients are investigating petroleum underground storage tank sites.