Winter 2021

Ohio Department of Development Issues Brownfield Remediation and Building Demolition Funding Guidelines – Local Governments Need to Act Fast

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This article appears in the Winter 2021 edition of Development Incentives Quarterly.

On December 7, 2021, Governor DeWine issued Executive Order 2021-16D authorizing the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD) to adopt temporary rules for the Brownfield Remediation Fund (the “Brownfield Program”) and the Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program (the “Demolition Program”). The ODOD issued Brownfield Program guidelines and Demolition Program guidelines on the same day.  The rules will remain in effect until the earlier of approval of final rules or April 7, 2022.

The following are key aspects of both Programs:


It provides grants for the assessment and cleanup and remediation of brownfield sites for future economic development.

1.  Application process

Applications for the Brownfield Program will occur in three rounds:

An applicant that is awarded grant funds must enter into a brownfield remediation program agreement with ODOD.

2.  Availability of funding

3.  Eligible Applicants

4.  Other key points:


It provides grants for the demolition of non-brownfield commercial and residential buildings and revitalization of surrounding properties that are not brownfields.

1.  Application process

Applications must be submitted on or before February 28, 2022.

2.  Availability of funding

3.  Eligible Applicants