Loans & Grants


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Grant

The U.S. EPA offers a variety of grant and loan programs and technical assistance to help communities assess and clean up brownfields and prepare them for redevelopment. The proposal package for the fiscal year 2018 assessment, cleanup and revolving loan fund grants is currently available at U.S. EPA's Brownfields Grants page. The application deadline is November 16,2017. In order to develop a complete proposal package, the U.S. EPA requires a letter of acknowledgement from a state agency. Learn how to obtain a Letter of Acknowledgment from DTSC. All requests must be received by November 10, 2017.


Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Program

undefinedThe DTSC RLF Program establishes a revolving loan fund that provides loans to help developers, businesses, schools, and local governments clean-up and redevelop brownfields. This is a brownfields clean-up loan program administered through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA).

RLF Program Overview

RLF Application

RLF Success Stories and Current Projects

To establish your own RLF Program, refer to the U.S. EPA website.

For more information about the RLF Program, contact Maryam Tasnif-Abbasi at (714) 484-5489 or



The California Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Toxic Substances Control, has received a Community Wide Assessment Brownfields grant from U.S. EPA to perform environmental assessments for underutilized, but developable, properties within cities along the I-710 Corridor. DTSC's goal is to utilize our environmental, technical, and regulatory expertise to conduct environmental assessments in partnership with local agencies and non-profit organizations to facilitate safe and productive use of brownfields. [Flyer]

DTSC is currently seeking properties that meet the following criteria:

  • High redevelopment potential;
  • Redevelopment is hampered due to known or perceived contamination;
  • Local agency/non-profit organization involvement/partnerships exist; and
  • Local agency/non-profit organization has access to the property.

For more information, contact Maryam Tasnif-Abbasi, Brownfields Coordinator.


Targeted Site Investigation (TSI) Program

The TSI Program is a grant program in which brownfields sites are selected to receive environmental investigation services through a competitive application process. For the selected sites, DTSC oversees the investigation and develops a report at no cost to the applicant.  The goal of the TSI Program is to facilitate the redevelopment planning and reuse of brownfields. Local government agencies, school districts and non-profit organizations are highly encouraged to apply. The TSI application closed in July 2017 and will reopen in the spring of 2018.

This year, almost $300,000 of environmental investigation services will be directed to selected projects. If you are interested in this program, we highly encourage you to contact the TSI Coordinator to discuss the details of your projects.

Access a copy of the 2017 TSI Application Guidelines and Application.


Learn How to Access State Funding to Investigate and Cleanup Brownfields! June 2017 - Webinar Material Available

This webinar was aimed at local governments, agencies involved with redevelopment, general improvement districts, school districts, community development corporations, tribes, non-profit organizations and any other parties interested in returning brownfields to productive economic and/or open space use. The webinar discussed available resources, application schedules and guidelines, and projects which successfully utilized multiple sources of funding. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), and the State Water Resources Control Board presented information on their respective funding programs. The webinar was intended to make the grant funding process as transparent as possible and help you take advantage of these opportunities to fund your next project!

Webinar Presentation Materials


Cleanup Loans and Environmental Assistance to Neighborhoods (CLEAN) Loan Program

This is a state-funded loan program that provides low-interest loans of up to $100,000 to conduct preliminary endangerment assessments and low-interest loans of up to $2.5 million for the cleanup or removal of hazardous materials where redevelopment is likely to have a beneficial impact on the property values, economic viability and quality of life of a community. DTSC is not currently accepting applications for this program.


Brownfields Tax Incentives

Originally signed into law in 1997 and extended through Dec. 31, 2011, the Brownfields Tax Incentive encourages the cleanup and reuse of brownfields.  Under the Brownfields Tax Incentive, environmental cleanup costs are fully deductible in the year incurred, rather than capitalized and spread over time. Learn more about Brownfields Tax Incentives.