Brownfields Multipurpose, Assessment and Cleanup Grants


This program provides three types of grants for addressing brownfield properties.

Assessment Grants provide funding for entities to develop inventories of brownfield sites; prioritize sites for intervention; conduct community engagement, planning and site assessments; and develop site-specific cleanup plans and reuse plans for brownfield sites. Assessment Grant funds may not be used for cleanup activities.

Cleanup Grants provide funding to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites.

Multipurpose (MP) Grants can support a range of eligible assessment and cleanup activities within a defined target area, such as a neighborhood, a number of neighboring towns, a district, a corridor, a shared planning area, or a census tract.

Note: these awards will be made as cooperative agreements, rather than traditional grants. Cooperative agreements require “substantial involvement” of the relevant federal agency.


Local, state or tribal governments, units of local government and quasi-government agencies, redevelopment agencies, nonprofits, limited liability corporations (LLCs) in which all managing members are 501(c)(3) nonprofits or LLCs whose sole members are 501(c)(3) nonprofits and limited liability partnerships in which all general partners are 501(c)(3) nonprofits or LLCs whose sole members are 501(c)(3) nonprofits

Role In Creative Placemaking

Practitioners can use these grants to assess and/or clean up a site where arts projects or programs will be located, such as former industrial sites. The planning and community engagement component of the Assessment Grants can also contribute to placemaking.


Not required for Assessment Grants
20% cost share for Cleanup Grants
$40,000 for Multipurpose Grants


Waterfall Arts Building – Belfast, ME

The Steel Yard – Providence, RI

Role in Creative Placemaking

This section represents our attempt to capture how this specific funding opportunity might fit into a placemaking initiative.


Who can apply? Eligibility is often limited, but in partnership with other entities you may identify an access point, such as subgrant opportunities. This information can help you determine which potential partners in your community might be able to access the funds.

Previous Projects/Grantees

These examples show how these funds have been used for creative or placemaking endeavors in the past, the types of organizations that have successfully accessed the funds and/or the types of activities for which the funds can be used.

Max Award

Maximum funding amounts can vary from year to year. We have provided the most recent information available. Where available, we also include a median or a range in cases in which the maximum is not typical of an average award.

Match Requirement

Most federal programs require some form of cost sharing. This is expressed differently for different agencies and programs. Sometimes a direct 1:1 match is specified. Other times, the application will state the maximum percentage of a project cost that the funding award can cover. We include this information, where available, in order to give you a sense of what to expect when applying for a particular funding program.


Most federal funding programs will require financial and progress reports at least annually, along with a final report. We consider this to be a "moderate" compliance burden. Where a higher degree of data collection and reporting is indicated, we convey that information with a "substantial" rating.