In Wisconsin

Brownfield Program

Brownfield Program

Environmental Improvement Assistance for Redevelopment

Wisconsin’s Brownfield Program provides grant funds to assist local governments, businesses and individuals with assessing and remediating the environmental contamination of an abandoned, idle or underused industrial or commercial facility or site. This program will help convert contaminated sites into productive properties that are attractive and ready for redevelopment.

How It Works

Any city, village, town, county, individual or business may apply for funds provided that the party that caused the environmental contamination and any person who possessed or controlled the environmental contaminant is unknown, cannot be located, or is financially unable to pay for the remediation of the soil and/or groundwater.

Eligibility Requirements

Phase I and Phase II Environmental Reports must be completed prior to seeking Brownfield Program funding. Grants require at least a 70 percent match of the eligible project expenditures. Approved projects reimburse incurred expenditures on or after the date of a WEDC decision letter. Grant funds are awarded primarily to reimburse remediation expenditures that are incurred so that environmental closure can be attained for the project site and the property can be utilized for a more productive use.

Eligible Activities

Brownfield Program funds may be used for brownfield redevelopment or associated environmental remediation activities on sites with demonstrated soil and/or groundwater contamination. Eligible costs are determined during a review of the grant application. However, grant funds may typically be used for the following activities:

  • The environmental investigation, remediation or monitoring of the site
  • The removal of hazardous waste containers
  • Soil removal, capping, barrier installation and vapor intrusion systems

For more information about becoming eligible for the Brownfield Program, contact a WEDC regional economic development director.