Many of our communities have properties that are abandoned or underutilized because of suspected environmental contamination from past uses. These properties are commonly referred to as “Brownfields.”
Brownfield – noun. 1. 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. 2. abandoned or underutilized property that is not being redeveloped because of fears that it may be contaminated with hazardous substances.
Environmental impacts from historic industrial operations and commercial activities have resulted in vacant and underutilized (“brownfield”) properties throughout our communities. Brownfield sites can be found in many different forms and may include derelict mills and factories, salvage yards and dump sites, former dry cleaners, old rail yards and truck depots, former gas stations and other auto-related businesses, dilapidated and aging buildings, and other vacant and underutilized commercial and industrial properties.
The City of Dallas's Brownfields Redevelopment Program (BRP) mission is to address environmental obstacles that can hinder revitalization of community development in core neighborhoods. The program also aims to drive sustainable economic growth to ensure a safe, clean environment, and improved quality of life for Dallas residents.
The BRP Program provides a path for community and government entities to voluntarily conduct environmental assessments, surveys, and clean up properties that may be contaminated with hazardous or petroleum wastes.
The BRP prioritizes projects that promise to support neighborhood revitalization or restoration efforts, using the following as a guide for allocating resources to community stakeholders:
The BRP objectives include the following:
The BRP Program , utilizing key partnerships, local and federal funding, aims to offer developers and community stakeholders , the following services in support of redevelopment efforts:
In May 2020, the City of Dallas was awarded an EPA Brownfields Coalition Assessment (BCA) Grant to revitalize vacant and underutilized brownfield properties in three priority focus areas: (1) Fair Park Campus, (2) St. Philip's School and Community Center, and (3) MLK Corridor. The BCA grant provided funding for the following :
The FY2020 EPA Brownfields Coalition Assessment (BCA) Grant has successfully utilized and implemented all grant funds ahead of the September 2023 grant term deadline. The grant is currently at the closeout stage.
The following accomplishments have been realized under the EPA Brownfields Coalition Assessment (BCA) Grant:
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $1.5million in brownfield grant funding to the City of Dallas on May 25, 2023. The City of Dallas received $1,000,000 for a Revolving Loan Fund ( RLF) Grant, and $500,000 for a Community-wide Assessment (CWA) Grant . These brownfields grants provide funding for assessment and cleanup of Brownfields sites in targeted and core Dallas neighborhoods .
The implementation stage for bot the RLF and CWA Grants will begin on October 1, 2023.
These revitalization efforts are intended to provide benefits to the community, including job creation, increased property values, environmental restoration, and reduced health risks.
Brownfield Assessment Grant
The Assessment Grants are funds granted to the City of Dallas by the EPA that allows recipients to assess sites contaminated by hazardous substances, pollutants, contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum), and/or petroleum.
Additional Assessment Grant Information: EPA Assessment Grant Information
Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grant
The Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grants are funds granted to the City of Dallas by the EPA that allows recipients to address brownfield sites contaminated by hazardous substances, pollutants, contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingeld with petroleum), and/ or petroleum.
Additional RLF Grant Information: EPA RLF Grant Information
Environmental Justice (EJ) Funds
The Environmental Justice Funds are leverage funds available to the Brownfields Program, provided by the City of Dallas, to assess or clean-up brownfield sites in CORE City neighborhoods.
How to Apply
Please note that one application form is being used to assess your qualifications for the above grants/funds:
Application: Application for Grants, Loans, and Subgrants.pdf
Please fill out this application and email it to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to contact us with any questions.
Property Owners Fact Sheet: Property Owner Fact Sheet.pdf
Community Member Fact Sheet: Community Member Fact Sheet 110123.pdf
Cleanups in My Community Map: Cleanup Map
EnviroAtlas: EPA EnviroAtlas Map
EPA Facility Registry Service: EPA FRS