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Livable Communities Tax Base Revitalization Account (TBRA) Grants

Grants to Twin Cities Area, Minnesota Agencies for
Brownfield Cleanup and Community Redevelopment

GrantWatch ID#: 181018
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Metropolitan Council

11/01/17 5:00 PM

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Grants to Twin Cities Area, Minnesota municipalities, counties, and housing, economic, and community development authorities for the cleanup of brownfields and community redevelopment. Eligible locations include Anoka, Washington, Ramsey, Hennepin, Carver, Scott, and Dakota Counties.

Investment Goals:
-Clean up contaminated sites in the 7‐county metropolitan region
-Increase communities’ local tax base
-Add or preserve living wage jobs
-Produce affordable housing
-Expand each community’s range of housing choices
-Develop compactly
-Efficiently use existing transit and sewer services
-Encourage use of existing parks or walking trails
-Support projects that are poised for redevelopment

TBRA funding helps make areas that have lost commercial/industrial activity available for economic redevelopment. The grants provide funds for environmental site investigation and cleanup for redevelopments that enhance the city tax base, promote job retention or job growth and/or create or preserve affordable housing.

Types of Grants:

1) Contamination Cleanup:

Cleanup grants are intended for applicants with projects that have recently completed their environmental site investigation and are seeking public funding to assist with the cost of implementing a cleanup plan for eligible activities and beginning construction on a specific redevelopment project.

Eligible Sites:

-Properties with contamination that exceeds safe standards set by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) or the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for the intended use.

-Properties that are publicly-owned OR privately-owned that will increase the tax base; AND add or preserve jobs; AND/OR add or preserve affordable housing after redevelopment is completed.

-Total cleanup costs are over 1% of the total development cost.

2) Contamination Investigation:

Investigation grants are intended for applicants that have a redevelopment site with suspected or perceived contamination and are seeking public funding to determine the scope and severity of the contamination and to develop a cleanup plan as part of the pre-development planning for a specific redevelopment project.

Eligible Sites:

-Properties with contamination that exceeds or is perceived to exceed safe standards set by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) or the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for the intended use.

-Properties that are publicly-owned OR privately-owned that will increase the tax base; AND add or preserve jobs; AND/OR add or preserve affordable housing after redevelopment is completed.

3) Seeding Equitable Environmental Development (SEED):

Seeding Equitable Environmental Development (SEED) grants are intended for applicants with sites within or directly adjacent to an area of concentrated poverty that show potential for future job growth but do not have a specific redevelopment project yet. The sites are or are perceived to be contaminated. Applicants are seeking public funding to determine the scope and severity of contamination and development a cleanup plan AND/OR to assist with the cost of implementing a completed cleanup plan.

Eligible Sites:

-Site must be in a current or former area of concentrated poverty (as determined by the Metropolitan Council)

-Properties with contamination that exceeds or is perceived to exceed safe standards set by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) or the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for the intended use.

-Properties that are publicly-owned OR privately-owned that will increase the tax base; AND add or preserve jobs; AND/OR add or preserve affordable housing after redevelopment is completed.

Contamination Cleanup Grants: To be eligible for grants, all eligible cleanup activities must occur after the grant award date but before the grant term ends (three years).

Contamination Investigation Grants: To be eligible for grants, all eligible investigation activities must occur after the grant award date but before the grant term ends (one year).

SEED Grants: Projects that are awarded a pilot investigation grant last for two years. (No grant extensions will be considered for SEED grants.)

By state statute, applicants must be a local governmental unit, which may be a:

A. Municipality (a statutory or home rule charter city or township) currently participating in the Metropolitan Livable Communities Housing Incentives Program

B. Metropolitan county

C. Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Economic Development Authority, Community Development Authority or Port Authority Redevelopment projects proposed by applicants in categories (B) and (C) must be located in participating municipalities.

Individuals and/or private or nonprofit developers are not eligible to apply. However, project sites are typically privately owned. Other interested groups such as property owners or private or not-for profit developers must find a public applicant to submit an application on their behalf.

Applicants are advised to consult the application guides (attached below) for more information about site and cost eligibility for each program component.

Funding availability is $5 million for TBRA, including up to $250,000 for Site Investigation, and $1 million for TBRA-SEED.

For Contamination Investigation and SEED Grants, the applicant or other public or private partner must pay for at least 25% of the total estimated investigation and/or abatement costs as a local match.

For Contamination Cleanup Grants, the need for matching funds depends on the type of sources requested for cleanup funding. Please see the guidelines (attached below) for more information regarding Contamination Cleanup Grant matching funds requirements.

2017 TBRA Funding Schedule:

-May 1: Spring Round applications due for TBRA Cleanup, Site Investigation and Pilot Programs
-July: Spring Round funding awarded

-November 1: Fall Round applications due for TBRA Cleanup, Site Investigation and Pilot Programs
-January: Fall Round funding awarded

FAQ:
https://metrocouncil.org/Communities/Services/Livable-Communities-Grants/Tax-Base-Revitalization-Account-(TBRA)/TBRA-FAQs.aspx

2017 Fall Grant Round Webinar:

This webinar, hosted by the Minnesota Department of Employment and EWconomic Development provides information about local public financing programs that assist with the cost of cleaning up and redeveloping contaminated sites.

Watch the Webinar:
https://intercall.webex.com/intercall/ldr.php?RCID=962124b2f4e1f2c44dde58c854175633

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

Apply Online:
http://www.metrocouncil.org/Communities/Services/Livable-Communities-Grants/WebGrants-Info.aspx?source=child

Marcus Martin
651.602.1054
marcus.martin@metc.state.mn.us

Metropolitan Council
390 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55101

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USA: Minnesota: Anoka, Washington, Ramsey, Hennepin, Carver, Scott, and Dakota Counties

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