Since 2006, Durham has been awarded approximately $2 million in grant funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for brownfield assessment and job training. This funding includes a $300,000 EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant awarded in 2018. Over the next three years (thru September 30, 2021) Durham will engage in community outreach, environmental assessment, and cleanup planning activities to support the redevelopment of targeted brownfield sites throughout the City.
The ultimate goal of an EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant is to return brownfield properties to productive uses that benefit the community. Besides safely restoring the brownfield properties to productive uses, the City’s Brownfields Assessment Program helps to build stronger, safer, and healthier neighborhoods, by providing employment opportunities, incentivizing community revitalization efforts, and serving as a catalyst for equitable development citywide.
The City is actively seeking residents who desire to learn more about the City’s Brownfield assessment program and to assist with outreach efforts. The City is also seeking property owners interested in revitalizing their potential brownfield site. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions to learn how the community can get involved and the benefits of this program to a property owner or a developer interested in acquiring a brownfield property.