EPA Brownfield Grant Resources
Statewide Brownfields Assessment Grant (SWAG)
In 2022, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) and the cities of Cortez, Firestone, Longmont, and Lyons were awarded a $2,000,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields grant to support the assessment, cleanup planning, and revitalization of publicly and privately-owned underutilized properties (“brownfield” sites). Grant funds can be used to complete Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), cleanup planning, and a variety of property reuse planning activities. The goal is to transform properties from liabilities into assets that revitalize our communities and bring our neighborhoods back to life. Funding will be available for use on a first come, first served basis likely through summer 2027, for approximately 30 high priority Phase I ESA sites and 18 high priority Phase II ESA sites.
The grant is managed by CDPHE with assistance from an environmental consulting team led by Stantec Consulting Services Inc. (Stantec).
- Prioritize use of grant funds on property that will attract investors and become a catalyst for new employment opportunities and a sustainable job base.
- Promote infill development that maximizes use of existing space, infrastructure and utilities.
- Remove redevelopment barriers by addressing unknown site conditions and creating shovel ready sites.
- Invest in sites that will generate public and private revenue.
- Transform blighted areas into thriving neighborhoods.
- Protect public health and the environment.
- Promote public participation and input on priority redevelopment areas and sites.
Property owners, business owners, and developers who cleanup and reuse brownfields provide benefits to themselves and their community, including:
- Removing unknowns regarding site conditions that might hold up a future sale, financing agreement and/or redevelopment project.
- Increasing return from the property by making it more valuable and marketable.
- Contributing to economic prosperity and environmental restoration in the community.
- Making neighborhoods safer and healthier.
- Avoiding actions by regulatory agencies that may impose penalties and costly cleanups.
- Reducing potential impacts from and to adjacent properties.
How can you use grant funding for your property?
Funding is available to parties interested in completing environmental site assessments (ESAs) and regulated building material (RBM) surveys, developing site cleanup/reuse plans in support of property sale or redevelopment. Property owners, business owners, and developers are encouraged to take advantage of this funding opportunity that will further economic development initiatives, protect public health, and restore the environment!
How do I………
Q. Nominate a property for an assessment or cleanup plan?
A. Complete and submit the Site Nomination Form
Q. Where can I see examples of Brownfield sites?
A. Check out these Brownfield Site Examples and this Past Property Use May Result In A Brownfields document
Q. How do I find out more about the steps of the process?
A. Here is a variety of documents that may be helpful:
Community Member Fact Sheet
Property Owner Fact Sheet
Site Assessment Guide For Property Owners and Stakeholders
Brownfield Site Revitalization Process
Grant Program Timeline
Q I have additional questions and where can I get additional information?
A. Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Where can I see Success Stories?
A. Brownfield Redevelopment Success Stories
Disclaimer: Although this project has been funded wholly or in part by the EPA, the contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the EPA