2019 AML Pilot Program now accepting applications

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Division of Abandoned Mine Lands is now accepting applications for the 2019 AML Pilot Program.

The Division of Abandoned Mine Lands works throughout the state’s coal fields to protect the public from health and safety problems caused by mining prior to 1982.

In 2016 President Obama signed a bill granting three Appalachian states (West Virginia, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania) $30 million each, as a part of a Pilot Project for economic revitalization. In 2017, President Trump designated an additional $25 million to the previous mentioned states and granted three additional states $10 million.

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In order to implement and distribute the Economic and Community Development grants, the Division of Abandoned Mine Lands provides grant applications to potential projects.

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The AML Pilot Program awards grants to various kinds of organizations after reviewing applications outlining project details and financing options.

Previous recipients of these pilot grants are eKAMI, Appalachian Wildlife Center, Kentucky Enterprise Industrial Park, and Impact Outdoor Adventures.

The Division of Abandoned Mine Lands encourages State/Tribal AML programs to collaborate with their respective State/Tribal and local economic development authorities and local communities to identify potential projects and apply funds from the AML Pilot to projects that will offer the greatest benefits for communities.

The 2019 AML Pilot Program grant applications are now available, and the application window will remain open until 5 p.m. on Friday, June 21. To apply for a grant through the AML Pilot Program, fill out a form found on their website.

For more information, please contact Bob Scott at (502)782-6761 or by email at bobf.scott@ky.gov