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Funding Demolition Projects

Many communities and organizations express concern over the cost of addressing environmental requirements that arise in large-scale municipal demolitions.

Funding may be available from:
  • local revenue sources such as taxes and fees
  • private sector grants
  • federal grants

While this website is not intended to address the issue of how to fund activities associated with demolitions, here is some basic information about federal grant programs.

  • - find and apply for federal grants Identify potential grant programs and apply for them. This government resource provides information on over 1,000 federal grant programs.
  • U.S. EPA Grant Opportunities NOTE: U.S. EPA does not currently have any dedicated grant program to assist local governments with the cost of demolition. Under very limited circumstances, EPA can award Brownfields grants.
  • Assistance Listings (formerly Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance) - Gain a broader view of all assistance programs potentially available to communities. This site lists all Federal programs available to:
    • state and local governments
    • federally-recognized Indian tribal governments
    • territories and possessions of the United States
    • domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations
    • specialized groups
    • individuals.
US Dept. of Treasury Under Secretary for Domestic Finance Mary Miller speaks at event hosted by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority to kick off Blight Elimination Program in Detroit, Mich. Oct. 28, 2013
US Dept. of Treasury Under Secretary for Domestic Finance Mary Miller speaks at Blight Elimination Program kickoff event in Detroit, Mich., Oct. 28, 2013.

These programs have funded demolition projects in the past. They may no longer be available, but other similar programs may exist.