Tax Base Revitalization Account (TBRA)

Focus on building tax base and jobs

TBRA provides $5 million annually to investigate and clean up brownfields -  contaminated land, ground water, or buildings - for redevelopment.  As one of the Metropolitan Council’s Livable Communities funding accounts, TBRA provides key support for a wide range of projects, from affordable and market rate multi‐family housing to commercial and industrial redevelopment.

Get more information about brownfield resources.

Investment Goals 

  • Clean up contaminated sites in the 7‐county metropolitan region 
  • Increase communities’ local tax base 
  • Add or preserve living wage jobs 
  • Produce affordable housing 
  • Expand each community’s range of housing choices 
  • Develop compactly 
  • Efficiently use existing transit and sewer services 
  • Encourage use of existing parks or walking trails 
  • Support projects that are poised for redevelopment 

Vital Partnerships

A competitive application relies on a public‐private partnership between a city, county or local development authority and a private developer or land‐owner to complete a redevelopment. Typically programs at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), and Hennepin/Ramsey County complement TBRA awards.

Intelligent Investments

From 1996-2014, the Metropolitan Council awarded 393 pollution cleanup grants totaling over $105 million to projects in 45 cities and towns. New and completed projects are projected to net over $96 million increase in annual net tax capacity and more than 43,000 new and retained jobs.

Applicant Resources

Applications for the spring round of TBRA funding were awarded on June 25th (see the awards here). Fall round applications are due November 2nd

Need help in adding your collaborators' names to your application, so you can all work together? Read the instructions here


Application Materials

All 2015 applications will be handled through the Council's online WebGrants application. 

Reference Materials


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