Cleaner Commonwealth Fund Offering Cleanup Grants

The Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program is announcing the availability of cleanup grants through the Cleaner Commonwealth Fund (CCF). The CCF is a grant-and-loan fund established with an $850,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund Grant. The program is releasing $182,000 to provide money for hazardous waste and petroleum contamination cleanup projects in Kentucky.

In this round of grants, eligible entities, including local governments, nonprofits and quasi-governmental agencies, can apply for up to $50,000 for an eligible project. For a site to be eligible, the applicant must have performed All Appropriate Inquiries (Phase I Assessment) within the six-month period prior to the purchase of the property and met bona fide prospective purchaser guidelines.

There are exceptions for some cases of involuntary acquisition. A Phase II Assessment must also be complete at the time of application. More eligibility guidelines can be found in the request-for-proposals document and our frequently asked questions.

Proposals must be postmarked by March 31, 2015. Application documents and supporting materials can be found on the Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program website at dca.ky.gov/brownfields/Pages/Cleanercommonwealthfund.aspx. Funding announcements will be made in April, and projects will start July 2015.  In the near future, the CCF will also make low-interest loans available for cleanup projects. The loan program, which is open to public, private and nonprofit entities, will be launched in the summer of 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Herb Petitjean or Amanda LeFevre at 800-926-8111.

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