The City of Missoula has funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and from repaid RLF loans to conduct abatement, removal, and remediation of hazardous substances and petroleum products. Awards are made as grants for non-profit activities and low-interest loans to for-profit businesses and organizations, and nonprofits conducting commercial activities. Details of the program are available in the Program Guidelines.
To apply for a grant or loan, a Pre-Application is required.
Non-profit activities: Once the Pre-Application is reviewed and approved, a full Grant Application may be submitted. In order to receive a grant, the activity of the nonprofit must not be an income-producing activity, such as a storefront selling goods.
Application Review Process: Applications are initially reviewed by the Brownfields Coordinator, in collaboration with other City agencies and a qualified environmental professional. 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. If the award is to be a grant made to a nonprofit conducting a non-commercial project, the agreement will be directly with the City, through the Grants and Community Programs Department. If the project will be for a for-profit or nonprofit conducting a commercial activity, a loan agreement and terms will be negotiated with the Montana Community Development Corporation (MCDC). MCDC manages the brownfields loans for the City of Missoula.
Use of brownfields funds is subject to other rules and regulations beyond what is stated here. Refer to the Brownfields Guidelines for more information. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the Brownfields Coordinator prior to beginning the application process to discuss the project.