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August 24, 2010

MADISON - Wisconsin communities with properties that have known or suspected environmental contamination can apply for state grants to help jump start cleaning up the properties.

The Department of Natural Resources Brownfield Site Assessment Grants (SAG) are available to help municipalities start investigation activities at brownfields, which are abandoned, idle or underused industrial or commercial properties where redevelopment is hindered by real or perceived contamination.

Applications and instructions for the grants are available on the Site Assessment Grants page of the DNR website.

Funding is available for small grants ($2,000 up to $30,000) and large grants ($30,000 up to $100,000). Applications for both large and small grants are due November 8, 2010. Approximately $1.59 million has been budgeted for this fiscal year - the final amount, however, may depend on incoming state revenue.

Brownfield properties are located in every type of community across Wisconsin. More than half the SAG awards often go to rural towns, villages or counties looking to spur economic growth in their communities.

Any Wisconsin local government (city, village, town, county, redevelopment authority, community development authority or housing authority) or tribe is eligible to complete an application for a grant. While SAGs do not fund cleanups, the grants do fund the following activities:

Since 2000, the DNR has awarded $16.5 million to 205 communities around the state for work on more than 1,600 acres of land. The state legislature first authorized the SAG program in 1999 based on recommendations from the Brownfields Study Group, a state-wide advisory task force.

For more information about Site Assessment Grants, including handy tips on whether a property is eligible for a grant, please visit the DNR's Remediation and Redevelopment (RR) Program pages of the DNR website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Savagian, (608) 261-6422, or

Last Revised: Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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