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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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Metropolitan Council

Deadline Date:

11/01/18 5:00 PM

Description:

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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; 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.

Eligible Costs:
-Recently completed site investigation activities: Phase I environmental site assessment, Phase II environmental site assessment work plans, Phase II environmental site assessment, Hazardous building materials assessment, Development of a Response Action Plan, Abatement plans, Asbestos emissions control plans (ECP)
-Contaminated soil remediation
-Groundwater remediation
-Soil vapor mitigation
-Hazardous building materials abatement or mitigation (asbestos and/or lead-based paint only), including abatement area containment, implementing asbestos emissions control plan, asbestos removal or encapsulation, lead-based paint removal or stabilization, loading, transport and disposal of asbestos and/or lead-based paint wastes
-Limited demolition (as necessary to access contamination ONLY )
-Environmental oversight

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.

Eligible Costs:
-Creating or updating environmental investigation documents including Phase I environmental site assessment, Phase II environmental site assessment work plans, Phase II environmental site assessment, hazardous building materials assessment, development of a Response Action Plan, abatement plans, asbestos emissions control plans (ECP)
-Limited demolition (as necessary to assess contamination ONLY )
-Environmental oversight

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.

Eligible Costs:
Creating or updating environmental investigation documents including Phase I environmental site assessment, Phase II environmental site assessment work plans, Phase II environmental site assessment, hazardous building materials assessment, abatement plans, asbestos emissions control plans (ECP)
-Hazardous building materials abatement or mitigation (asbestos and/or lead-based paint only), including abatement area containment, implementing asbestos emissions control plan, asbestos removal or encapsulation, lead-based paint removal or stabilization, loading, transport and disposal of asbestos and/or lead-based paint wastes
-For sites with an approved cleanup plan and developer site control: Contaminated soil remediation, groundwater remediation, soil vapor mitigation
-Limited demolition (as necessary to assess or access contamination only)
-Environmental oversight

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181018

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$5,000,000,000

Term of Contract:

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.)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Note for SEED grants: Redevelopment projects proposed by applicants in categories (B) and (C) must be located in participating municipalities and projects from all applicants must be within an area of concentrated poverty for this funding category.

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.

Funding Limits:
If requests for grants exceed the available funds for an application cycle, no more than one-half of the funds may be granted to projects in a single city, and no more than three-quarters of the funds may be granted to projects located in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

There are no limits on the number of TBRA applications submitted.

Contamination Cleanup, Investigation, and SEED applications may be determined ineligible for funding if:
-Adequate cleanup funding is available from other public and private sources;
-Any part of a redevelopment site that will be funded by the Federal Superfund Program in the current or following fiscal year
-The redevelopment requires extensive new regional infrastructure beyond that which is already planned
-The redevelopment is not consistent with the redevelopment component of the municipality's comprehensive plan (Minn. Stat. §473.859, Subd. 5)

Contamination Cleanup Grant:

Ineligible Sites:
-A responsible party has been identified and is likely financially capable of carrying out the cleanup in the foreseeable future
-TBRA funding is not needed in order for the redevelopment to proceed
-Eligible cleanup costs are equal to one percent or less than the total project development costs
-Redevelopment proposals that will not generate property taxes or payments in lieu of taxes (PILOT/PLT)
-The application does not score at least 50% (75 points) of the total possible points (150 points)

Ineligible Costs:
-Soft costs such as administrative overhead, travel expenses, legal fees, bonds, insurance, permits, licenses or authorization fees, costs associated with preparing grant proposals or applications or bids, applicant project coordination costs, operating expenses, planning costs, and prorated lease and salary costs.
-Non-hazardous wastes, such as household waste, construction debris and solid waste (e.g., old tires)
-Regulated materials found in buildings, such as mercury in thermostats, oils in door closers, and other issues related to heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems
-Geotechnical costs
-Managing excess clean soil
-Construction costs
-Costs for work outside of the redevelopment site (as identified in the application & cleanup plan)

Contamination Investigation Grant:

Ineligible Sites:
-A private responsible party has been identified and is likely financially capable of carrying out the investigation in the foreseeable future
-No known or suspected environmental contamination is demonstrated
-TBRA funding is not needed in order for the redevelopment to proceed
-Redevelopment proposals that will not generate property taxes or payments in lieu of taxes (PILOT/PLT)
-The application does not score at least 50% ( 30 points) of the total possible points (60 points)

Ineligible Costs:
-"Soft costs" such as administrative overhead, travel expenses, legal fees, bonds, insurance, permits, licenses or authorization fees, costs associated with preparing grant proposals or applications or bids, applicant ’s project coordination costs, operating expenses, planning costs, and prorated lease and salary costs.
-Cleanup or abatement costs
-Construction costs (e.g., geotechnical or structural assessments)
-Costs for environmental assessments outside of the redevelopment site (as identified in the application)

SEED Grant:

Ineligible Sites:
-A responsible party has been identified and is likely financially capable of carrying out the cleanup in the foreseeable future
-TBRA funding is not needed in order for the redevelopment to proceed
-Redevelopment proposals that will not generate property taxes or payments in lieu of taxes (PILOT/PL)
-The application does not score at least 50% (30 points ) of the total possible points (60 points)

Ineligible Costs:
"Soft costs” such as administrative overhead, travel expenses, legal fees, bonds, insurance, permits, licenses or authorization fees, costs associated with preparing grant proposals or applications or bids, applicant project coordination costs, operating expenses, planning costs, and prorated lease and salary costs.
-Non-hazardous wastes, such as household waste, construction debris and solid waste (e.g., old tires )
-Regulated materials found in buildings, such as mercury in thermostats, oils in door closers, and other issues related to heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems
-Geotechnical costs
-Managing excess clean soil
-Construction costs
-Costs for assessment or cleanup work outside of the redevelopment site (as identified in the application & cleanup plan)

Pre-Application Information:

Contamination Cleanup Grant: The need for matching funds depends on the type of sources requested for cleanup funding. See the guidelines for more information.

Contamination Investigation Grant: The applicant or other public or private partner must pay for at least 25% of the total estimated investigation costs as a local match. Matching costs may include eligible investigation activities incurred up to 180 days prior to the date of application.

SEED Grant: There is a funding match requirement for SEED funding requests. 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.

2018 TBRA Funding Schedule:

-May 1: Spring Round applications due for TBRA Cleanup, Site Investigation and Pilot Programs
-July: Spring Round funding awarded
-November 1, 3 p.m.: 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

Spring 2018 webinar: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fintercall.webex.com%2Fintercall%2Fldr.php%3FRCID%3D03138be4427f5d215a38cfa3b301eed8&data=02%7C01%7C%7Cf63837a5c6904232810008d602b32335%7Cddbff68b482a457381e0fef8156a4fd0%7C0%7C0%7C636699366239735628&sdata=rGaltkU598EzPatFUp5mZot1yuIjlWGNAQCDKULc0zU%3D&reserved=0

Information on how to apply: https://metrocouncil.org/Communities/Services/Livable-Communities-Grants/WebGrants-Info.aspx?source=child

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online: https://metrocouncilgrants.org/index.do

TBRA applications:
Marcus Martin, TBRA Program Coordinator
651.602.1054
marcus.martin@metc.state.mn.us

For general WebGrants or registration questions, contact:
Josiah Waderich
651-602-1297
josiah.waderich@metc.state.mn.us

For all other questions, contact:
Paul Burns
651-602-1106
paul.burns@metc.state.mn.us

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

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Geographic Focus:

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