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Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA)  Historic Renovation Grant Program is open for applications. The program is designed to preserve and rehabilitate historic properties to further incentivize downtown economic development across Indiana.  Applicants with an eligible historic commercial structure have the opportunity to apply for project funding between $5,000 and $100,000 at a maximum request of 50 percent of the total eligible project cost. Eligible applicants include non-profits, individuals, partnerships, firms, associations, joint ventures, limited liability companies, corporations or non-profit affordable housing organizations.
Eligible properties for this grant program must be at least fifty years old and either listed on the register of Indiana historic sites/structures, be listed or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or be listed as a contributing resource in a National Register District. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and can be submitted at any time.
Interested property owners, who meet established eligibility requirements, must submit an application and all supporting documentation to apply. For more information, visit www.in.gov/ocra/hrgp.htm.
Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) Blight Clearance Program (BCP) Proposal and Application
This funding (up to $500,000 over a period of time) helps communities with blighted properties to focus on long-term community development and revitalization through improving quality of place, generating jobs, and spurring economic revitalization. Eligible projects include the removal of deteriorated or abandoned downtown buildings or vacant/unusable industrial sites. The proposal is a draft of the application that allows OCRA to review the basic information of the project and determine if it is likely to meet a national objective and is an eligible activity before approving the submission of a full application. The first round of Community Development Block Grants (including BCP) for 2021 is open.  Submissions will be collected via the new Electronic Grants Management Systems (eGMS).  Instructions and proposal/application materials are available at https://www.in.gov/ocra/2718.htm.


September 24, 2021

DEADLINE: National Park Service Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) grant applications

The ORLP program, established in 2014 and funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), enables urban communities to create new outdoor recreation spaces, reinvigorate existing parks, and form connections between people and the outdoors. This is a nationally competitive grant program that delivers funding to urban areas — jurisdictions of at least 50,000 people — with priority given to projects located in economically disadvantaged areas and lacking in outdoor recreation opportunities.

Funding applications are now being accepted in Grants.gov through September 24. States may apply for the grants, whether on behalf of themselves or eligible urban jurisdictions. Interested jurisdictions should contact their state lead agency for LWCF, which for Indiana is the Department of Natural Resources. A list of contact information can be found at LWCF’s contacts page.

For more information about the program and these ORLP grants, please visit NPS's Land and Water Conservation Fund page.

Calendar of Events

August 10, 11, & 12, 2021

Practically Speaking: Practical Tools & Approaches for Navigating Brownfields Virtual Workshop Series 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern each day

The Indiana Brownfields Program in partnership with the Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Program at Kansas State University will co-host this free virtual workshop series which is intended to explore brownfields resources, tools and strategies that may be applied to support economic revitalization and community vitality. “Show and Tell” topics covered will include:

  • Part 1 Research and Mapping Websites to better understand your project

Tuesday, August 10, 2021, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT

  • Part 2 TAB BiT Site Inventory Tools, Drone Technology, RFQ Development 

    Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT

  • Part 3 Community Involvement and Phase I ESA update including potential ASTM Standard revisions

Thursday, August 12, 2021, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT

Each day will include tutorials highlighting various online tools and resources to support your brownfields redevelopment efforts.  Do you have a site in mind to explore? Registration will include an opportunity to propose a site for consideration.  Any and all brownfield stakeholders are encouraged to attend as many days as possible.  Registration will open soon. Please check the KSU TAB event webpage at www.ksutab.org/education/workshops for the latest updates.

September 23, 2021

Annual Pollution Prevention Conference                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Marriott Indianapolis North

For more information, check out https://www.in.gov/idem/prevention/.

October 22, 2021

2021 Indiana Environmental Conference

Hyatt Regency Indianapolis -- offering a hybrid conference with the option to attend in-person or virtually.

For more information, please check out https://www.indianachamber.com/event/environmentalconference/.

December 8-11, 2021

2021 National Brownfields Training Conference

The 2021 National Brownfields Training Conference will be held on December 8-11, 2021 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Offered every two years, this conference is considered the largest gathering of stakeholders focused on cleaning up and reusing formerly utilized commercial and industrial properties. EPA cosponsors this event with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).


A brownfield is a property for which the expansion, redevelopment or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant. There are estimated to be more than 450,000 brownfields in the U.S.

Grants awarded by EPA’s Brownfield Program provide communities across the country with an opportunity to transform contaminated sites into community assets that attract jobs and achieve broader economic development outcomes while taking advantage of existing infrastructure. For example, Brownfields grants have been shown to:

  • Increase Local Tax Revenue: A study of 48 brownfields sites found that an estimated $29 million to $97 million in additional local tax revenue was generated in a single year after cleanup. This is two to seven times more than the $12.4 million EPA contributed to the cleanup of these sites.
  • Increase Residential Property Values: Another study found that property values of homes near revitalized brownfields sites increased between 5% and 15% following cleanup.

Check out https://brownfields2021.org/ for additional information.  Note that the "Call for Ideas" has closed and will not be reopened.

For more on EPA’s Brownfields Program: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields.

For more on Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Grants: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/types-brownfields-grant-funding.

For more information on Opportunity Zones: https://www.epa.gov/opportunity-zones.

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