Kentucky Brownfield Funding
In 2012, the Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program was granted funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish a revolving loan fund for brownfield cleanups in Kentucky. The program has established the Cleaner Commonwealth Fund (CCF) to help public entities and nonprofits address pollutants at brownfield properties.
There are two pools of money in the Cleaner Commonwealth Fund. A portion of the funds is designated as grant funding, and the other portion is for no-interest or low- interest loans.
- Grants - Public entities including local governments, quasi government agencies and nonprofits (501c3) are eligible for grant funding in the Cleaner Commonwealth Fund.
- Loans - Public, including nonprofits, are eligible to apply for loans from the fund.
Site eligibility closely follows federal EPA brownfield grant requirements. Properties purchased by an entity that adhered to the All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI) assessment rules and had an AAI performed no longer than six months prior to purchase of the property are potentially eligible for funding. The owner cannot be a responsible party.
All grant and loan recipients must have a cleanup plan approved by the cabinet. This does not have to be in place at the time of application. No cleanup cost will be approved for reimbursement unless there has been an approved plan. Grant recipients must also provide a 20-percent match to the funds they receive. The match can be in-kind.
CCF Now Accepting Grant Application For Petroleum Cleanups
Since December 2018, the Cleaner Commonwealth Fund has been accepting grant applications for qualifying petroleum cleanup projects until funds are exhausted. The CCF will be issuing up to $100,000 in funds and expects to award 1-2 grants that will assist with the cleanup and redevelopment of petroleum impacted properties. Funds may not be used for hazardous waste contaminated sites. Applicants must qualify as a Bona Fide Prospective Purchasers and the property must meet eligibility requirements. The program strongly advises interested parties review the request for proposal and to contact a staff person to determine eligibility before applying. Projects should be cleanup ready.
CCF Now Accepting Loan Applications
Also since December, the Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program has been accepting applications for Cleaner Commonwealth Fund Loans. Currently, the program has $250,000 for hazardous waste and $100,000 for petroleum cleanup loans. Entities can qualify for partial loan forgiveness under certain circumstances. Debt can be financed up to 15 years and interest rates range from 0%-2% depending on the project and the entity applying. Loans are available to local governments and nonprofit entities. See the loan guide for more details on eligible entities, properties and loan terms. Applications will be accepted on a monthly basis until funds are exhausted. Applications received during the month will be considered at the beginning of the following month. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the program to discuss eligibility and current availability of funds before applying.