Kentucky on Monday opened solicitations for grants from a $30 million fund aimed at linking reclamation of mined areas to economic development.
U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers got $30 million each for Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania for a pilot project to boost the economy in struggling coal areas.
The idea behind the program is to reclaim abandoned mines in ways that could provide long-term economic benefits, such as by creating sites for forestry, agriculture or industry.
Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration on Monday announced that the program is open for applications.
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Proposals should include information about a project’s purpose; the link to abandoned mine land; the cost; the partners involved in the project; other funds available; and evidence of community improvement and support.
The grants are limited to state and local governments, which may subcontract project-related activities, according to a news release.
Counties eligible for projects are Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Garrard, Green, Greenup, Harlan, Hart, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, McCreary, Madison, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Wayne, Whitley, and Wolfe.
State officials will evaluate the proposals and make recommendations to the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, which will pick which ones get money.
Forms to submit application are available at AMLPILOT or by contacting Bob Scott, Director, Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands, at 2521 Lawrenceburg Road, Frankfort, KY 40601; or 502-564-2141; or BobF.Scott@ky.gov.