DNR Now Accepting Brownfield Assessment Grant Applications
MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is now accepting applications for the Wisconsin Assessment Monies (WAM) brownfield assessment grant program.
Brownfields are properties where the expansion, redevelopment or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of contamination. Brownfields vary in size, location, age and past use; they can be anything from a 500-acre former automobile assembly plant to a small, abandoned gas station.
“Conducting an environmental assessment is the first step to bring a brownfields site closer to revitalization,” said Jodie Peotter, DNR Brownfields, Outreach and Policy Section Chief.
Factors that may be considered in award selection are projects in rural or disadvantaged communities, community involvement and support, sites that are impediments to large-scale redevelopment projects, positive community outcomes (e.g., economic, health, livability), financial need and projects with redevelopment plans consistent with local redevelopment objectives.
Over 70 communities across Wisconsin have partnered with the DNR’s WAM program to clean up and redevelop often run-down or underused properties that detract from a community’s potential.
WAM Award applications are accepted on a rolling basis through the end of the grant cycle in 2027, or until the funds are spent. More information about the WAM Award application, eligibility and process is available on the DNR’s RR Program WAM Webpage or by emailing Gena Larson at Gena.Larson@wisconsin.gov.
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