Abandoned Mine Land Pilot Funding Program for Economic Development
The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) was one of 9 state/tribal programs chosen by Congress to receive $10 million in Fiscal Year 2019 to develop and repurpose Abandoned Mine Land (AML). The 2019 AML Pilot Economic and Community Development Program funding is made available and administered by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), in accordance with the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (Public Law 116-6). The AML Pilot Program was first authorized under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 with Virginia receiving $10 million in Fiscal Years 2017, 2018, and 2019.
Projects completed with the funds will not only be designed to boost the economy and improve the communities of southwest Virginia’s coalfields, but will also enhance the environment. Projects must follow eligibility and other guidelines set forth in OSMRE’s AML Pilot Guidance document which describes this grant program as an opportunity to “return impacted areas to productive reuse…to achieve the economic and community development goals identified for the community and/or region”.
Below are the forms and information needed for anyone interested in proposing an economic or community development project to the Selection Committee for review and advancement for Office of Surface Mining approval.
The deadline for submittal is October 31, 2019. Completed applications should be emailed to Tarah.Kesterson@dmme.virginia.gov.
Applicants are requested to submit a separate Letter of Intent by September 30, 2019 UNLESS a completed application is received by this date. The Letter of Intent should include: A) applicant name and contact info, B) geographic coordinates of proposed project location, C) geographic coordinates and description of AML features proposed to be remediated and/or other eligibility criteria, if known, D) brief 1 paragraph project summary, E) anticipated amount requested
The 2019 Guidance Document is forthcoming. While no significant changes are anticipated, adjustments may be necessary to conform to the new guidelines. Applicants should check this website or send notice to the e-mail address above to receive any updates.