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Targeted Site Investigation (TSI) Grant

In-Kind Grants to California Nonprofits, Agencies, and School
Districts to Assess Brownfield Sites for Redevelopment

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CA Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) - Brownfields and Environmental Restoration Program

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07/11/17 Receipt


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In-kind grants to California nonprofits, government agencies, school districts, tribes, and redevelopment successor agencies for the environmental investigation of eligible brownfield sites. Prospective applicants are highly encouraged to consult with program staff prior to applying.

This program is intended to facilitate the redevelopment planning and reuse of brownfield. For the selected sites, DTSC oversees the investigation and develops a report at no cost to the applicant.

Eligible sites will be selected using the following criteria:

1. The project area has a clear need for revitalization, for example:

-The site has significant deterioration, under-utilization or significant environmental justice issues, which provide a clear need for revitalization, development or expansion.

-The site has a high CalEnviroScreen score (for more information please refer to

2. There is clear municipal/community support for the property's revitalization, for example:

-The site is clearly an integral part of a local development plan and there is no known public opposition.

-The redevelopment/reuse would benefit the community.

3. There are adequate resources and high developer interest, for example:

-The municipality or potential site developer has demonstrated an ability to leverage additional funds for cleanup and other future work at the site.

-A development agreement is in place.

-The site has strong development potential as demonstrated by past or present interest by a developer(s).

-Funding mechanisms have been identified for additional investigation, cleanup and/or the actual development, as applicable.

4. DTSC assessment assistance is crucial, for example:

-Lack of site assessment is the major obstacle to redevelopment and other resources are not available or insufficient for assessing the site.

-Site falls within an underserved or blighted community, and/or the site’s zip code has a high ranking on CalEnviroScreen.

5. Existing information supports directing resources to the site, for example:

-Based on existing information, the site is likely to have low to moderate levels of contamination.

-There is a high likelihood that the larger redevelopment/expansion project will move forward.

-Site is located in an EPA/DTSC focus area.

-Site revitalization will serve to spur further beneficial activity in nearby locations.

-Site revitalization will improve safety and/or health of the community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 144315

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

This year, funding will be directed to four development projects.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Federal guidelines prohibit any site from receiving more than $200,000 in funds or services under this program.

Due to the number of applications received and the limitation of available funding, actual TSI services have generally been awarded in the range of $45,000 to $150,000, with an average award of approximately $70,000.

Term of Contract:

Project Scope should be such that it can be completed within the one-year program cycle.

Site-specific activities will be initiated in September 2017. The project will be complete April/May 2017.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants will need to meet the following criteria:

-A local government agency
-A school district
-A federally or state-recognized tribe
-A redevelopment successor agency
-A nonprofit organization

Note: An applicant may be eliminated from participating in the program if DTSC staff or managers believe the applicant’s past actions show an unwillingness to be cooperative.

Sites will need to meet the following eligibility criteria:

1. Brownfields Status: Sites must meet the U.S. EPA definition of a “Brownfields” site. U.S. EPA’s definition comes from the 2002 Public Law 107-118 (H.R. 2869) and codified in 42 U.S.C. 9601. With certain legal exclusions and additions, the term "Brownfields" means real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant and may include petroleum hydrocarbon releases. Sites ineligible to receive U.S. EPA grant funds include:

-State owned properties
-Sites with ongoing or planned U.S. EPA directed removal actions;
-Sites proposed or listed on the National Priority List (NPL);
-Federally owned properties;
-Sites under enforcement actions; and
-Active sites subject to RCRA corrective action.

Typical examples of Brownfields sites include former industrial and manufacturing facilities.

2. Redevelopment Plans: The proposed TSI project must be of interest to the applicant for facilitating development, expansion or reuse. The redevelopment must be in the planning stages or in progress. DTSC cannot consider projects that have been completed.

3. Current Ownership: Ownership of the proposed site is not required, but the owner’s written authorization to access the site must be included with the TSI application.

4. Site Access: Sites should be readily accessible to DTSC staff and DTSC’s contractor for the purpose of performing TSI field work (e.g., sampling, monitoring well installation, etc.). The site should be cleared of excess vegetation and/or any other physical barriers that would impede the collection of samples.

If the applicant does not own the site being proposed for the TSI, applicant must include written authorization from the property owner allowing site access. For this cycle, field work may take place as soon as September 2017 or as late as March 2017. For TSI sites, field activities may range from one to five days, and particular sites may require access for multiple phases. The applicant shall arrange for access accordingly.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A web-based informational session is scheduled for June 15, 2017, 1:00 - 2:30 PM.

This webinar is aimed at local governments, agencies involved with redevelopment, general improvement districts, school districts, community development corporations, tribes, nonprofit organizations and any other parties interested in returning brownfields to productive economic and/or open space use.

The webinar will discuss available resources, application schedules and guidelines, and projects which successfully utilized multiple sources of funding. You will hear from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), and the State Water Resources Control Board about their respective funding programs.

The webinar is intended to make the grant funding process as transparent as possible and help you take advantage of these opportunities to fund your next project.

Space is limited. Register by June 13, 2017 to attend.

More information regarding the webinar may be found here:

Pre-Application Information:

If you are interested in this program, you are highly encouraged to contact the TSI Coordinator to discuss the details of your projects.

Schedule of Activities:
-May 2017: TSI application package available on DTSC’s website
-June 15, 2017: Web-based informational session dated TBA (register by June 13 to attend)
-July 11, 2017: TSI application deadline
-July 2017: Applicants will be contacted for verification and/or supplemental information
-Late July to early August 2017: Decision notices for TSI applications will be issued
-September 2017: Site-specific activities will be initiated
-April/May 2017: Project completion

Please ensure that all application materials are received by July 11, 2017.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register for the June 15 webinar here:

Maryam Tasnif-Abbasi, Brownfields Coordinator
(714) 484-5489

Department of Toxic Substances Control
5796 Corporate Avenue
Cypress, CA 90630

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California