Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Program

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Closed (3 total applications submitted)
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
  • Loan
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The purpose of the Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Program is to facilitate the reuse/redevelopment of contaminated sites by making low-cost financing available for the cleanup of eligible publicly or privately-held properties.


The RLF Program establishes a revolving loan fund that provides loans to help developers, businesses, and local governments clean up and redevelop brownfields. This is a brownfields cleanup loan program administered through a Cooperative Agreement with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA).

The applicant is an eligible entity—this includes any public or private entity with control over or access to the site; borrower may not be potentially liable under CERCLA section 107 for cleanup costs at the site—exception may be if the borrower qualifies for a CERLCA bona fide prospective purchaser, contiguous property owner, or innocent landowner limitation on liability—these latter applicants must carry out (or have already carried out) “all appropriate inquiries” as found in CERCLA section 101(35)(B) on or before acquiring the site and must meet certain continuing obligations.

The Grant accepts ongoing applications, however remediation must be completed by July 31, 2021.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Loan: Local government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and tribes who are not responsible parties. Sub-grant: Eligible borrowers include local government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and tribes who are not responsible parties.

Eligible Geographies:

Within State of California

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
Continuous basis
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
Case-by-case basis

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • Federal

Funding Source Notes:

DTSC receives RLF grants from U.S. EPA. DTSC administers the grants via Cooperative Agreement with U.S. EPA. DTSC uses the RLF Program to fund California brownfields site cleanups.

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Loan: Dependent on remediation need and reviewed by DTSC project manager - Advance Sub-grant: Up to $200,000 - Reimbursement

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Maryam Tasnif-Abbasi, 1-714-484-5489,