SITE Program – Due Diligence

Golden LEAF has developed a list of due diligence items that will help demonstrate that a site is ready for development. This list includes items related to zoning, land use and property control, environmental considerations, site features, and utilities.

Download a PDF of the full list

Use of Golden LEAF funds
Grantees will use Golden LEAF funds to hire third-party professionals to complete eligible due diligence activities. Golden LEAF funds may not be used for grant administration or acquisition of real property. Awards are not expected to exceed $50,000 in this phase.


  • Public ownership or control of the site for which due diligence will be completed. For information regarding public ownership or control, please see the glossary.
  • Successful applicants will be able to show a plan for economic development and how completing due diligence will further the goals of that plan.
  • 15% match commitment for certain counties.


Download application guidelines Contact Golden LEAF staff FAQ and Glossary

Guidelines were current as of the March 10, 2022 deadline and may be updated for the Fall 2022 application.


Applications were due by March 10 at noon. The next round of SITE Program applications will be considered in Fall 2022.

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