WDNR: Petroleum Funding

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Up to US $200,000

Fields of work: Environmental Contamination & Pollution

Applicant type: Government Entity, Indigenous Group, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Wisconsin

Location of residency: Wisconsin


About the DNR

In keeping with our mission, the DNR is dedicated to working with Wisconsinites while preserving and enhancing the natural resources of Wisconsin. In partnership with individuals and organizations, DNR staff manage fish, wildlife, forests, parks, air and water resources while promoting a healthy, sustainable environment and a full range of outdoor opportunities.

Petroleum Funding

Ready for Reuse is a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) program that offers grant and loans to local governments and non-profits to help clean up environmental contamination at brownfields.

The DNR receives funding for this program through U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Revolving Loan Fund grants.

Loan and grant funds can be used for eligible costs incurred during the grant or loan agreement period for cleanup of contamination from petroleum or petroleum products commingled with hazardous substance

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The following entities are eligible to apply for ready for reuse grants:
    • general purpose unit of local government, including the following:
      • county, city, town or village;
      • redevelopment authority under s. 66.1333, Wis. Stats,;
      • community development authority under s. 66.1335, Wis. Stats.;
      • housing authority under s. 66.1201, Wis. Stats.; and
      • any local public authority (including any public and Indian housing agency under the United States Housing Act of 1937), school district, special district, intrastate district, council of governments (whether or not incorporated as a nonprofit corporation under state law), any other regional or interstate government entity, or any agency or instrumentality of a local government.
    • tribe, or other eligible tribal entity under 40 CFR 31.3 [exit DNR]; and
    • nonprofit organizations.
      • (For the purposes of the brownfields grant program, the term "nonprofit organization" means any corporation, trust, association, cooperative, or other organization that is operated mainly for scientific, educational, service, charitable, or similar purpose in the public interest; is not organized primarily for profit; and uses net proceeds to maintain, improve, or expand the operation of the organization.
      • Nonprofit organizations exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that lobby are not eligible for EPA grant funding.)
  • In order to be eligible for funding, a site must meet the following criteria:
    • The site must meet the federal definition of an eligible brownfield, which is "real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant."
    • The site or costs must be ineligible for the Petroleum Environmental Cleanup Fund Award (PECFA) reimbursement.
    • The grant or loan recipient must not have contributed to contamination, and there are no persons responsible for the contamination that are both subject to an environmental enforcement action and able to pay for the cleanup.
    • There must be no federal enforcement action under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), obligation under the federal Oil Pollution Act (OPA), or use of federal leaking underground storage tank (LUST) funds at the site.
      • The DNR can help make this determination.
  • Only a "municipality," as defined in s. 67.01(5), Wis. Stats., may apply for a ready for reuse loan.

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This page was last reviewed May 08, 2024 and last updated February 06, 2024