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Since 1995, the City of Oakland has been awarded over $4 million dollars through 15 grants, primarily from the US Environmental Protection Agency, to assist with the assessment and cleanup of brownfields. Oakland has been one of the most successful municipalities in the country at obtaining brownfield grants. These grants have helped to turn many contaminated sites into Oakland brownfield success stories.
Brownfield grants are applied for and primarily managed by the Environmental Protection & Compliance unit of the Environmental Services Division. For most State and federal grants, only governmental agencies and non-profits are eligible to apply; however, the City often partners with community-based organizations to identify sites where grant monies can be spent most effectively.
Recent EPA-funded brownfield grant projects managed by the City of Oakland are Coliseum Area, West Oakland, and Foothill-Seminary.