On April 1, 2016, TRC assisted several communities in submitting applications for the first round of the cleanup grant from the Ohio Development Service Agency’s (ODSA) Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant (AGSCG) Program. During the application process we learned how to navigate through the program and obtain funding for our Clients.
The Program’s complexity is balanced by the opportunities for grant funded cleanup with no match requirement for old gas station sites which have been lingering for decades.
The application is an easy on-line process which can be completed quickly. However, determining whether a property and project meets all of the eligibility and readiness criteria is more complicated and nuanced than anticipated.
Tentative Schedule Milestones
Based on ODSA’s announcement of the next competitive round schedule (July 2016), TRC believes there is now a 16 month window for identifying potential properties and submitting applications to the Program before the one- time $20 million fund has been fully allocated.
$14 million awarded in 4 rounds - $3.5 million awarded per round
$6 million awarded on a rolling basis
Round 1 closed April 1, 2016
(5 applications received)
Projects awarded until funding has been allocated (4 applications were received on April 1, 2016)
Round 2 applications due July 2016
Fast-track Program ceases awards in 2017 or sooner if funds are awarded quicker
Round 3 Anticipated April 1, 2017
Round 4 Anticipated July 2017
Competitive Program ceases awards Summer 2017
Note: Schedule is tentative based on applications submitted and ODSA’s award approval.
Eligibility and Readiness Criteria
The Program has a narrow definition of an eligible site by which ODSA and BUSTR evaluate all applications. The property must be a former retail gasoline service station which had underground storage tanks (USTs) and a confirmed release.
Other eligibility criteria items that only apply to the fast-track process include:
Upon award from the Program, grant funds can be used to conduct assessments, remove USTs, remediate soil and groundwater, demolish on site structures, restore the site, and hire consultants and remedial contractors to manage the remedial actions and complete reporting requirements.
Based on our experience with this Program, there is a very good chance that a property which meets all of the eligibility requirements and prerequisites will be funded. TRC’s believes there are two critical items that need to be confirmed for a successful application and award:
The time to review sites, plan, and prepare applications for submittal is now. Although no matching fund documentation is required for an application submittal, some investment by the applicant will be required. TRC is available to discuss and assist you in identifying potential eligible sites within your communities, and preparing funding application documents.