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 2016 assessment, cleanup and revolving loan fund grants is currently available at U.S. EPA's Brownfields Grants page. The application deadline is December 18, 2015. 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 December 4, 2015.


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


Targeted Site Investigation (TSI) Program

The TSI Application period is now closed. Announcements on 2015 TSI sites will be made shortly.

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.  This year, over $300,000 will be allocated for assessments under this program. 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 2015 TSI Application Guidelines and Application

Presentation Materials for June 16, 2015 Webinar ~ Keys to Securing Brownfields Funding: Learn How to Access Funding for Brownfields and Environmentally Impacted Properties in Your Community
On June 16, 2015, DTSC, U.S. EPA Region IX, and the State Water Resources Control Board hosted a webinar to discuss the TSI Program, U.S. EPA grants, and State Water Resources Control Board resources available for the assessment and cleanup of brownfields. Access the informative presentations by each agency below.

For questions or comments, or if you need any assistance, please contact


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.  Learn more about the CLEAN loan 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.