Site Mitigation & Restoration Program

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by setting strict standards for land restoration and cleanup

Brownfields Funding

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Grant Support

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. Information on U.S. EPA brownfields grants is currently available at U.S. EPA’s Brownfields Grants page. The application deadline is December 3, 2019. 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.

DTSC helps U.S. EPA grant applicants and recipients access federal brownfields funding by determining eligibility of petroleum-contaminated brownfields sites, under CERCLA section 101(39)(D). This is not a regulatory determination. A petroleum eligibility determination by DTSC, under CERCLA section 101(39)(D), for the purpose of brownfields funding does not release any party from obligations under any federal or state law or regulation, or under common law, and does not impact or limit EPA or state enforcement authorities against any party. Refer to the following guidelines and application to request this grant support from DTSC.

Targeted Site Investigation (TSI) Program

The 2019 TSI Application period is now closed.

Under the TSI Program, brownfield sites are selected to receive environmental services through a competitive application process. The DTSC TSI Program is funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through a CERCLA 128(a) State and Trial Response Program Grant. Local governments, school districts, tribes and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. For the selected properties, DTSC provides assessment, investigation, or cleanup planning services at no cost to the applicant. DTSC’s goal is to facilitate the return of brownfields to safe and productive uses.

The 2019 TSI application period is now closed. 2020 TSI Applications and Guidelines will be available in late-spring 2020. For reference, here are the links to the 2019 Application and Guidelines.

DTSC looks for properties that meet the following criteria:

  • Strong Redevelopment Potential
  • Real or Perceived Contamination
  • Clear Need and Municipal/Community Support for the Property’s Revitalization
  • Redevelopment/reuse Would Benefit the Community


Brownfields Funding Webinar

Slides for our May 16, 2019 webinar, “Keys to Securing Brownfield Funding” are here!

DTSC co-hosts an annual webinar with U.S. EPA and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to inform local governments, agencies involved with redevelopment, general improvement districts, school districts, community development corporations, tribes, non-profit organizations and any other parties interested in returning brownfields to productive economic and/or open space use. The webinar discusses available resources, application schedules and guidelines, and projects which successfully utilized multiple sources of funding. This 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! The next webinar will be held in later spring or early summer of 2020.

Presentations are posted below. For more information, contact Maryam Tasnif-Abbasi at (714) 484-5489 or

2019 Webinar Presentation Materials