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Brownfield Incentive Grants (BIG)

The NYC Brownfield Incentive Grant (BIG) Program offers four categories of grants. The first category consists of grants available for work at any site eligible for the NYC Voluntary Cleanup Program. Such sites are known as Qualifying Brownfield Properties. The second category includes larger grants for community-supported projects: affordable housing projects, community facilities, and projects supported by community brownfield planning organizations (collectively, Preferred Community Development Projects). The third category consists of bonus grants that increase the total grant award to Qualifying Brownfield Properties and Preferred Community Development Projects. The fourth category of grants consists of pre-development funds made available to non-profit community planners.


The following table contains the grant awards for each of the four categories of BIG grants:

Grants

Qualifying Brownfield Project
Grants
Pre-Development Grant $5,000
Environmental Investigation Grant1 $10,000
Cleanup Grant2 $25,000

Grants

Preferred Community Development
Project Grants
Non-Profit Technical Assistance Grant3 $5,000
Pre-Development Grant $10,000
Environmental Investigation Grants1 $25,000
Cleanup Grant2 $35,000 or $50,0004

Grants Bonus Grants
Track 1 Cleanup Grant $10,000
BrownfieldWorks! Job Training Grant $6,000
Green Property Certification Grant $1,000
Community-Directed Strategic Site Grant $10,000

Grants

Community Brownfield Planning
Grants
Technical Assistance Grant5 $10,000
Community Brownfield Planning Grant6 $25,000

Footnotes:

  1. Grant amount includes all proceeds from the Pre-Development Grant.
  2. Grant amount includes all proceeds from the Pre-Development and Environmental Investigation Grants.
  3. Available to non-profit developers of Preferred Community Development projects.
  4. Non-profit developers of Preferred Community Development projects are eligible for a $50,000 Cleanup Grant.
  5. The Technical Assistance Grant is for community-based organizations seeking to develop a site within a community brownfield planning area.
  6. The Local Match Grant is for community-based organizations that seek to develop one or more sites in a community brownfield planning area.

For more information about the eligibility requirements for NYC BIG grants, see the BIG program rule

For questions on grant award amounts, contact the BIG Program Administrator through the BIG call-back service at (212)-380-1562 or by email at grants@nycbig.info.

Insurance Requirements

Owners and developers who seek NYC Brownfield Incentive Grants must ensure their development projects maintain required insurance for the activities for which they seek reimbursement. After identifying the type of BIG grant, refer to the Insurance Fact Sheet and Insurance Memo below to determine what type of insurance coverage is required.

For more information on BIG Program insurance requirements, call the BIG call-back service at (212) 380-1562 or email grants@nycbig.info.

Grant Application Forms

Pre-Enrollment Enrollment
Pre-Enrollment Grant Application Form to apply for Environmental
Investigation, Pre-Development, and Non-Profit Technical Assistance Grants.

Enrollment Grant Application Form to apply for Cleanup, Track 1, Climate Change, Brownfield Works! Job Training and Community Directed Strategic Site Grants.

Filling out a Grant Application

NYC Brownfield Incentive grant applications are fillable PDF forms. You must have Adobe Reader 8 or above to complete the form.

To submit a complete application, download and complete the forms below, which include instructions.

Submitting a Grant Application

Applications may be sent via e-mail along with the required attachments to the BIG Program Administrator at grants@nycbig.info. Pages requiring an applicant’s signature must be submitted as hard copy originals. Alternatively, see the grant application cover page for instructions on how to submit an application by mail. For questions, contact the BIG Program Administrator through the BIG call-back service at (212)-380-1562.

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