Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund

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Active (133 total applications submitted)
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The Underground Storage Tank (UST) Cleanup Fund's mission is to (1) establish a mechanism to meet Financial Responsibility requirements for owners and operators of petroleum USTs, and (2) reimburse eligible corrective action costs incurred in the cleanup of contamination resulting from the unauthorized release of petroleum from USTs.


The UST Cleanup Fund provides a means for petroleum UST owners and operators to meet the federal and state requirements of maintaining financial responsibility to pay for damages arising from unauthorized releases from their petroleum USTs. The Fund assists a large number of small businesses and individuals by providing reimbursement for expenses associated with the cleanup of leaking USTs.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Business
  • Individual

The Fund Application requests information necessary to determine eligibility for reimbursement of corrective action costs. Eligible applicants must be a current or past owner or operator of the UST from which an unauthorized release of petroleum has occurred and be required to undertake corrective action as directed by the regulatory agency. Certain small home heating oil tanks that have had an unauthorized release of petroleum are also eligible.

Eligible Geographies:

Not applicable.  The Fund reimburses eligible corrective action costs statewide.

Important Dates

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The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
6 years

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
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$1 – $1,000,000
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  • Other

Funding Source Notes:

The UST Cleanup Fund is funded via a storage fee collected in accordance with Health and Safety Code Sections 25299.41, 25299.42, 25299.43.

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).
  • Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

The UST Cleanup Fund reimburses reasonable and necessary costs for corrective actions related to corrective actions related to unauthorized releases from petroleum USTs upon receipt of acceptable invoices and supporting information from the claimant.

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Bridget Freeborn, 1-916-341-5771, Bridget.Freeborn@waterboards.ca.gov