June's $192 million announcement marks the second awards for Round 1 applications of the program. The first awards were made in late April 2022 totaling more than $60 million in investments. Total Round 1 awards invest approximately $252 million in 58 of Ohio’s 88 counties. Additional awards will be made for Round 2. All remaining funds not exhausted in the first two rounds will be made available statewide in Round 3, which opened on July 1, 2022 and has since closed.
This program is designed to provide grants for the remediation of brownfield sites across Ohio to clean up the sites and prepare them for future economic development.
Nearly $350 million is available. The majority of the funds, approximately $262 million, will be available on first-come, first-served basis statewide as provided for in statute. The balance of the funds available will provide for a $1 million set-aside per county that will be awarded on a first-come, first served basis until June 30, 2022. After June 30, 2022, any remaining funds in the county set-aside will be added to general fund and made available for grants throughout the state on a first-come, first-served basis.
Properties applying for the program must meet the definition of brownfield. A brownfield is defined as an abandoned, idled, or under-used industrial, commercial, or institutional property where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by known or potential releases of hazardous substances or petroleum.
Units of local government, including counties, townships, municipal corporations, port authorities, or conservancy districts or park districts, or other similar park authorities, are eligible to apply.
Other eligible applicants include county land reutilization corporations, nonprofit organizations, or organizations for profit. These entities must have entered into an agreement with a unit of local government to work in conjunction on the project for the purposes of this program.
How to Apply
The application period has closed.