Technical Assistance Grant (TAG)

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DTSC’s Office of Brownfields Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) will provide approximately $2.5 million in grant funding to California community organizations to engage in the cleanup process of contaminated properties in their communities.


The TAG program provides funds ranging from $40,000 to $150,000 to eligible communities to hire independent Technical Advisors (TAs) with the goal to effectively communicate technical information to communities so they can become more involved and informed about Response Actions (cleanup sites). Response Actions include activities performed to address a release or potential release of contamination at a property under DTSC oversight. TAG funds can be used to fund services provided by independent TAs, including Community Science projects under the general guidance of TAs. Community Science provides community members an educational component as well as the opportunity to ask their own questions, participate in the collection of community confirmation sampling, and advocate for themselves.

TAs will provide grantees with unbiased, independent reviews of cleanup site-related information. TAs should be qualified in areas related to the type of contamination and specific issues relevant to the cleanup sites. 


Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Tribal Government

Communities must be considered underserved and vulnerable. This may be shown by meeting one or more of the following criteria*:

  • CalEnviroScreen (CES) score of 75% or higher
  • CES poverty rate of 50% or higher
  • A tribal community

If the above criteria are not met, applicants may provide additional justification to show that their community is underserved and vulnerable 

*The Grant Manager’s address will be used to represent the community.

Eligible Geographies:

Site is in the 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.
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
2 years

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.
$40,000 – $150,000
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Yes ( see Description for details )
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.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

Senate Bill 158, as amended by Assembly Bill 203, provides DTSC's TAG funds via the General Fund. 

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:

Once DTSC awards a grant, DTSC and grantee will execute a grant agreement. DTSC will reimburse grantee invoices via check.

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Mario Cazares, 1-714-484-5431,