RFP: Kentucky is offering $25 million for proposals that revitalize abandoned mine sites into job-producing economic assets

The Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) is seeking economic and community redevelopment proposals that will attract new industry and jobs to Kentucky’s Appalachian counties.

The 2020 Abandoned Mine Land Pilot Program has $25 million in federal grant money available through the Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands for projects in Appalachian counties with historic coal mining sites that will create long-term economic benefits.

Abandoned Mine Facility

Since 2016, 43 projects in 21 counties have been selected for the pilot program. Notable projects include a high-tech training facility in Johnson County, a drone R&D and test facility in Perry and Knott counties, a sport-shooting and archery resort park in Letcher County, the Impact Outdoor campground in Clay County, the Pikeville Medical Center Pediatric Clinic and the Appalachian Wildlife Center in Bell County.

Counties that are eligible for projects include: 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.

Eligible grant recipients are limited to state and local governments, who may subcontract project related activities as appropriate.

Applications are being accepted by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet through August 1, 2020.

Proposals should include information about the project’s purpose, link to AML, cost, partnerships and/or leveraged funds (if applicable) and any evidence of community improvement and support. All will be considered by a Cabinet-sponsored committee before recommended projects are sent to the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, for vetting and a final decision.

Application forms for project submittals can be found at AMLPILOT or by contacting Bob Scott, Director, Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands, 300 Sower Boulevard, Frankfort, KY 40601. Office: 502-782-6761, e-mail: BobF.Scott@ky.gov or Justin Adams, email: Justin.Adams@ky.gov.

Photos courtesy of Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands.

See Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands website.

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