The City of Missoula received a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct assessments on sites that may have petroleum and/or hazardous substances. Missoula may use the assessment grant in conjunction with the Brownfields RLF, as well as tax increment financing funds available in an Urban Renewal District, if applicable, to cleanup and develop brownfields.
Grant funding is available for Phase I and Phase II assessments. Cleanup planning will be conducted after Phase II assessments are complete, and will include estimates of cleanup costs, which can then be used to execute an RLF loan or grant agreement. Fill out an assessment grant pre-application to start the process.
Application Review Process: Applications are initially reviewed by the Brownfields Coordinator, in collaboration with other City agencies. If the project meets minimum Brownfields program eligibility, a more detailed site eligibility form is required, which must be reviewed and approved by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality or the EPA. The site eligibility form will be for petroleum substances or hazardous substances, or both, depending on what contaminants are suspected on-site. The DEQ approves petroleum eligibility and EPA approves hazardous substance eligibility.
Award Process: If the application and site eligibility form are approved by all agencies, a written agreement will be entered into with the City, through the Grants and Community Programs Department. All assessment awards are given as grants.
Use of brownfields funds is subject to other rules and regulations beyond what is stated here. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the Brownfields Coordinator prior to beginning the application process to discuss the project.