Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Economic Development Pilot Program (AML Pilot)

Department of Interior, Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation, and Enforcement

Summary:

This AML Pilot program will provide grants to the six Appalachian states with the highest amount of unfunded Priority 1 and Priority 2 Abandoned Mine Land (AML) sites based on OSMRE AML inventory data as of September 30, 2019 and the three tribes with Abandoned Mine Land Programs.

Congress and OSMRE assign funding for the project each year. During the FY 2021 cycle, the following states will each receive $25 million - Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia; Alabama, Ohio, and Virginia will each receive $10 million; while the Navajo Nation, Hopi Tribe, and Crow Tribe will each receive $3.33 million in order to accelerate the remediation of AML sites with economic and community development end uses.

Eligible Recipients:

Local Government; State Government; Tribal Entities

Eligible Recipients Detail:

State, Tribal, and local governments, economic development organizations, local communities, and non-government organizations can apply as grant sub-recipients in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Alabama, Ohio, Virginia, Navajo Nation, Hopi Tribe, and the Crow Tribe.

Eligible Purpose:

Last Mile Connectivity; Middle Mile Connectivity; Broadband-Technologies Workforce Training; Building Connectivity; Broadband Enabled Device (Education); Digital Inclusion/Digital Skills Training

Eligible Purpose Detail:

At eligible sites, funds can be used for 1) mine-land reclamation activities tied to development, and 2) mine-land reclamation activities that enable development.

Reclamation activities tied to development include the reclamation of mine lands and the development of infrastructure or buildings that generate economic activity on that land. These projects should demonstrate performance impacts including job and business creation; infrastructure creation (incl. broadband); increased, enhanced or restored infrastructure system capacity (inc. broadband); communities served; households served; and the number of workers or students trained.

Reclamation activities that enable development include the reclamation of mine lands for a site that will be later developed. These projects should demonstrate the reclamation project's role in an area economic development strategy and planned re-development of the site.

Other Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Sites: Unreclaimed Priority 1, Priority 2, or Priority 3 sites listed in e-AMLIS; Previously reclaimed AML lands and polluted waters; Lands adjacent to unreclaimed or previously reclaimed AML lands and polluted waters as justified by the State, Tribe, and/or the communities impacted by historic coal production; Currently permitted Title V mine sites are not eligible to receive AML Pilot funds; Formerly permitted mine sites reclaimed after August 3, 1977 that are adjacent to, or connected with, an eligible AML Pilot project may be included in AML Pilot funding.

Funding Match/Terms:

Where resources may help expand a project’s scope or outcome, States, Tribes, and local communities are encouraged to identify and leverage other public and private funding sources to be used in conjunction with funding provided through the AMLER Program. In particular, States and Tribes are encouraged to review opportunities for leveraging funds and other resources made available by other Federal offices.

Note/Additional Resources:

Ctrl-F Broadband - https://www.osmre.gov/programs/AML/2016_2019_Annual_Report_AML_Economic_Development_Pilot_Program.pdf

https://www.osmre.gov/resources/grants/docs/FY20_AML_PilotProjectEligibilityGuidance.pdf

Source:

https://www.osmre.gov/resources/grants.shtm