Brownfields Economic Development Initiative

The Brownfields Economic Development Initiative (BEDI) is a key competitive grant program that HUD administers to stimulate and promote economic and community development. BEDI is designed to assist cities with the redevelopment of abandoned, idled and underused industrial and commercial facilities where expansion and redevelopment is burdened by real or potential environmental contamination. BEDI grants must be used in conjunction with a new Section 108-guaranteed loan commitment. Section 108 is the loan guarantee provision of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The BEDI funds minimize the potential loss of future CDBG allocations. 

Each activity assisted with Section 108 loan guarantees and BEDI funds must meet one of the CDBG Program's three National Objectives: 1) Benefit low and moderate income persons; 2) Prevent or eliminate slums or blight; or 3) Address imminent threats and urgent community needs.

BEDI grant funds may be used for the following activities:

  • Land Writedowns
  • Site Remediation Costs
  • Funding Reserves
  • Over-Collateralizing the Section 108 Loan
  • Direct Enhancement of the Security of the Section 108 Loan
  • Provisions of Financing to For-Profit Businesses at a Below Market Interest Rate

HUD is not currently requesting funding for the BEDI Program.

BEDI Funding Announcements

BEDI Notice of Funding Availability